Everyone’s nightmare- not so much losing your phone (which can be replaced) but losing what’s on it (which cannot be replaced). Whether it took a dip in the pool with you, walked off with that not-so-perfect stranger, or was ran over by an 18-wheeler, your iPhone probably has some pretty import stuff on there. Everything from photos, videos, contacts, to work documents and notes; if these items aren’t properly backed up, most likely they are gone and lost forever. But fret not, we here at SwapCell are going to show you the best ways to ensure your personal data is never lost making it easier for you to part ways with previous device and start enjoying that sweet cash.

Method 1: iCloud Auto Backup

This is Apple doing the job for you. This on-board feature automatically backs up your data periodically when the phone is charging and on wifi. A successful backup will appear in the menu as a time stamp showing you when the last time the phone was backed up to the Apple Servers. To ensure your automatic backup feature is turned follow these steps

  1. Select Settings
  2. Click your name to get to Apple ID features
  3. Select iCloud
  4. Select Backup
  5. Ensure the toggle is turned on and showing as green.

Note there is a “back up now” feature that will appear blue is the phone is charging and on wi-fi, this allow you to force your iPhone to back up on the spot. This is recommended to be used when you know there is new data on your iPhone and you want to ensure it is backed up to apple servers. For example, if you have just left a family birthday party and want all the photos of the special days saved to the iCloud, hit that “back up now” to force a backup.    Once a backup is complete a time stamp will appear at the bottom of the iCloud backup menu. This indicates the last time a successful backup took place. For example if you did an iCloud backup November 1st at 1pm and lost your phone on November 5th, you would be able to recover all the information that was on your lost phone as of November 1st at 1 pm. It is always best to periodically check this timestamp to make sure that there are current backups of your device as well as no failed backups.

Recover your information from iCloud

  1. During the set-up menu of your new iPhone you will be brought to an “Apps & Data” screen.
  2. On the “Apps & Data”  screen select “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and Password, and then a list of previous back ups will appear.
  4. Select the iCloud backup you would like to restore from.
  5. Once completed the iPhone will restart will all the information that was stored on your previous device as the backup time stamp

Certain data, when uploaded to the iCloud, can be accessed from iCloud.com. Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Notes and Reminders are just some of the items you can access from your desktop at icloud.com.  The iCloud is a free service from apple up to 5 GB of storage, which can definitely be enough for some smaller GB sized iPhones, but some of the new 64GB and up model phones may want to pony up the extra dollar a month to avoid running out of space for backups.

Method 2: iTunes backup

  1. Download and open iTunes on your PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the PC.
  3. Select your iPhone when it appears.
  4. Select “Back Up Now”
  • Note- you may want to encrypt your backup if you have Health or Watch data you would like to carry over in the event of a restore.  If you do encrypt your backup store your password in a safe space because there is no way to recover this password. Not even Apple can. No we’re not kidding. Write it down.
  1. Once the backup is completed you will see a timestamp appear under “latest backup”
    • Same example as above- if you did an iTunes backup November 1st at 1pm and lost your phone on November 5th, you would be able to recover all the information that was on your lost phone as of November 1st at 1 pm.

Recover your information from iTunes

  1.       Connect your iPhone to the PC.
  2.       Select your iPhone when it appears.
  3.       Select “Restore backup”
  4.       Choose your iPhone’s backup from the drop down list.
  5.       Once completed the iPhone will restart will all the information that was stored on your previous device as of the backup time stamp
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