How to back up your iPhone before installing iOS 10

iOS 10 is set to be released on September 13. Touted as the biggest ever iOS update, it is lashed with tons of exciting features. And, I’m sure a number of folks would be getting ready to install the latest iOS ecosystem on your iPhone.

But before going ahead with the process of installing iOS 10, you need to back up your iPhone in order to prevent the current data from being lost. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to make a backup of your device. Here is how it works!

How to back up your iPhone before installing iOS 10

How to Back Up Your iPhone Before Installing iOS 10

There are two ways through which you can backup your iPhone. While one is via iTunes, the other is through iCloud.

To back up your device using iTunes, you need computer and the latest iTunes version installed on it. iCloud backup doesn’t require computer and is done right from your iOS device.

How to Back Up iPhone/iPad using iTunes

Step #1. First off, you need to connect your iPhone to your computer using USB sync cable.

Step #2. If a “Trust This Computer” message appears on your iPone, you need to agree to it.

Step #3. In iTunes, you have to click the phone icon (near the upper-left corner) to bring up the Summary screen.

(Note: In order to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you will have to encrypt your backup. To do so, you just need to select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password. Make sure to remember this password as there’s no way to recover your iTunes backups without it.)

Step #4. Finally, click on Back Up Now button.

Once the process ends, you can check out if your backup has been completed successfully or not. To do so, go to iTunes Preferences → Devices.

The name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup will appear on the screen. If your back has been encrypted, you will see a tiny lock icon beside the name of your device.

How to Back Up iPhone/iPad using iCloud

You can also backup your iOS device using iCloud. Make sure there is proper Wi-Fi network on your device.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on iCloud.

Step #3. Tap on Backup.

Step #4. Next, you need to toggle iCloud Backup to on.

Step #5. Finally, tap on Back Up Now.

Now, you need to wait until the process is completed successfully.

Depending on how much time has passed since your last backup, it could take a few minutes or hours.

Step #6. In order to check out the backup, simply go to Settings → iCloud → Storage → Manage Storage → then select iPhone. Now, you will see the details of the backup along with the time and size.

That’s all there is to it! Now you go ahead and install iOS 10 on your iPhone. Try out all the brand new features and do let us know your feedback about it in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.