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How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes

Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.In iOS 8 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup . Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your device. The backup you just made should appear in the details with the time and backup size.Follow more steps if you need help making a backup in iCloud.

About backups in iCloud and iTunes

With a Wi-Fi network connection, you can make a backup of your device using iCloud. You don’t need to plug your device into a computer or even be at home to back up with iCloud. iCloud backups include nearly all data and settings stored on your device. iCloud backups don't include:Data that's already stored in the cloud, like contacts, calendars, notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo LibraryData stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mailApple Pay information and settingsTouch ID settingsContent you didn't get directly from iTunes, App, or iBooks Stores, like imported MP3s, videos, or CDsiTunes in the Cloud and App Store content (If it's still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.)Learn how to make an iCloud backup , and how to manage iCloud storage or delete backups  that you no longer need.

Restore your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup

Turn on your device. You should see a Hello screen.Follow steps in the iOS Setup Assistant. Join a Wi-Fi network and follow steps until you see the Set Up Device screen.Tap Restore from an iCloud Backup . Then sign in to iCloud.Choose a backup . Look at the date and size of each and pick the most relevant. After you choose a backup , the transfer starts. If you've purchased iTunes or App Store content using multiple Apple IDs, you'll be asked to sign in to each. If you can’t remember a password, you can tap Skip this Step and enter it later.Stay connected. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi before the process completes, the restore process pauses until you reconnect. Give the process time to finish. Restoring from a backup can take a while, depending on the size of the backup and the network speed.Get help with this process. Learn what to do if a  backup requires a newer version of iOS.

iCloud: Back up your iOS device to iCloud

Back up your iOS device to iCloud iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device information daily over Wi-Fi when your device is turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. Back up automatically On your iOS 9 or iOS 8 device: Go to Settings > iCloud >  Backup , then turn on iCloud Backup . On your iOS 7 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup , then turn on iCloud Backup . Back up manually On your iOS 9 or iOS 8 device: Go to Settings > iCloud >  Backup , then tap Back Up Now. On your iOS 7 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup , then tap Back Up Now. For information about messages that may appear while backing up , see the Apple Support article Get help backing up your device in iCloud. Important:   If you don’t back up your iOS device to iCloud for 180 days or more, Apple reserves the right to delete your device’s iCloud backups . For information, see iCloud Terms and Conditions.

Get help backing up your device in iCloud

You can set your iOS device to  back up automatically each day with iCloud. iCloud makes these daily automatic backups only if:Your device is connected to a power source.Your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.Your device's screen is locked. You can also make a backup of your device manually: Connect your device to a power source. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. In iOS 8, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup and tap Back Up Now. In iOS 7, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and tap Back Up Now. 

Find and manage your iTunes backups

If you sync your device with iTunes, it saves backups to your user folder. The location of this folder varies depending on your operating system.If you want extra copies of your iTunes backups , you can copy the backup folders to another location, external drive, or network storage location. Time Machine automatically makes copies of your device backups when you use it to back up the home folder on your Mac.

iCloud: iCloud storage and backup overview

iCloud storage and backup overview When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. Your iCloud storage is used for iOS device backup , iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, app data and documents stored in iCloud, and iCloud Mail (your @icloud.com email account). If you run out of space, you can upgrade your storage. You can also remove stored items to make more space available. What iCloud backs up iCloud automatically backs up the information on your devices—iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch—over Wi-Fi every day when they are turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. When your iOS device information is backed up in iCloud, you can easily set up a new device or restore information on one you already have. Here’s what iCloud backs up : Purchase history for music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books Your iCloud backup includes information about the content you purchased, but not the purchased content itself. When you restore from an iCloud backup , your purchased content is automatically downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. Some types of content aren’t downloaded automatically in all countries, and previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer available in the store. For more information, see the Apple Support article iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability. Some types of content aren’t available in all countries. For more information, see the Apple Support article What can I buy from the iTunes Store in my country?. Photos and videos on your iOS devices However, if you turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device (iOS 8.1 or later) or Mac (OS X v10.10.3 or later), your photos and videos are already stored in iCloud, so they aren’t included in your iCloud backup . Device settings App data Home screen and app organization iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages Ringtones Visual Voicemail Health data HomeKit configuration Your iOS device backup only includes data and settings stored on your device. It doesn’t include data already stored in iCloud. That includes contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail messages, notes, shared photo albums, iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and documents you store in iCloud Drive. If your iOS device isn’t set up for iCloud Drive, but is set up for iCloud Documents & Data, your documents stored in iCloud are backed up .

If you need help restoring your device from an iCloud backup

There are several reasons that there might not be any available iCloud backups for your iOS device:You've never successfully made an iCloud backup of your device. Check instructions for making backups in iCloud. Your device is running an older version of iOS and needs to be updated.Your iCloud backup might have been created with a different Apple ID. You haven’t backed up in 180 days.If you haven't backed up your iOS device to iCloud for 180 days or longer, Apple reserves the right to delete the backups associated with that device. Review the iCloud Terms and Conditions for more information.

Use Time Machine to back up or restore your Mac

Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X. To use it, you need one of these external storage solutions, sold separately:External hard drive connected to a USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt port on your MacTime Capsule or OS X Server on your network External hard drive connected to the USB port of an AirPort Extreme (802.11ac) base station on your network  When you connect an external hard drive directly to your Mac, you might be asked if you want to use the drive to back up with Time Machine. Click “Use as Backup Disk.” If you select the option to encrypt, your backups will be accessible only to users with the password.If Time Machine doesn't ask you to choose a backup disk:Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine menu  in the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine.Click Select Backup Disk.Select an external hard drive, Time Capsule, or other storage solution from the list, then click Use Disk.After you choose a backup disk, optionally click “Add or Remove Backup Disk” to add more backup disks for extra security and convenience.

If you need help restoring from an iTunes Backup

After each step, check to see if the issue still exists:Restart your iOS device and your computer. Try to restore your device from the iTunes backup again.Unplug any USB devices from your computer except for your iOS device, keyboard, and mouse. You should plug your device directly into your computer.Get the latest version of iTunes, update your Mac, and update your iOS device. If you use a PC, you can get PC software updates from the Microsoft website. Try updating, configuring, disabling, or uninstalling your security software.

Manage and back up your iTunes media library

Your iTunes library, a database that's made up of all of the music and other media that you add to iTunes, is organized into two iTunes library files and an iTunes Media folder.Before you back up your media, find the location of your iTunes Media folder and consolidate your library.

Back up your Apple Watch

Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup . When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.Here's what your Apple Watch backup will include:App-specific data (for built-in apps) and settings (for built-in and third-party apps), such as Maps, distance, and unitsGeneral system settings, such as your watch face, known Wi-Fi networks, brightness, sound, and haptic settingsHealth and Fitness data, such as history, achievements, Workout and Activity calibration data from your Apple Watch, and user-entered data (To back up Health and Fitness data, you need to use iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup .)LanguageSettings for Mail, Calendar, Stocks, and WeatherTime ZoneYour backup won't include:Bluetooth pairingsCredit or debit cards used for Apple Pay on your Apple WatchPasscode for your Apple WatchPlaylists synced to your Apple WatchWhen you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, your iPhone automatically creates a backup of your Apple Watch. Unpairing will erase all data from your Apple Watch. If your Apple Watch is unpaired while out of range of your iPhone, the backup might not have the latest data. When you're ready, you can pair your Apple Watch again and set it up from a backup .

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I accidentally restored my phone from an old backup on my old Mac but never backed up on my new Mac. Can I get pictures and texts back?

So here's the deal: I recently got a new Macbook Pro and I had never backed up my iPhone 6 plus to it. So i got the bright idea to plug my phone into my old MacBook. Well, i hit the wrong button and i clicked restore from previous backup , but my backup was from March of this year. I tried to stop it but I couldn't. So now I have the info from a backup that is 8 months, almost 9 months old. Is there anyway to gain all of those texts and pictures back ? Or am I stuck with the info that i have now

If a Time Machine backup takes longer than you expect

You can use the Time Machine menu to check the progress of your backup . When Time Machine backs up your data, the " Backing Up " indicator appears and increments:If you see an alert message in the Time Machine menu, or you can't back up at all, see "If you can't back up or restore your Mac using Time Machine." If your Time Machine backup is working but it takes longer than you expect, check these things:

iTunes 11 for Windows: Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad

Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad When you connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to your computer, certain files and settings on your device are automatically backed up to your computer. You can restore this information to your device if you need to (if you get a new iPhone, for example, and want to transfer your previous settings to it). Automatically backed - up information includes text messages, notes, call history, contact favorites, sound settings, widget settings, and more. In addition, photos in Camera Roll or Saved Photos are also backed up . Other media files (such as songs, videos, and some photos) aren’t backed up , but can be restored by syncing with iTunes. If you have iOS 3.0 or later, iTunes can also encrypt your backups to secure your data. Back up or restore your device Connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the computer you normally sync with and select your device. Click Summary. Do one of the following: Back up or restore from a backup manually: Click Back Up Now or Restore Backup . Restore your device’s files and settings: Click Restore. If your backup is encrypted, iTunes asks you to enter the password before restoring your files and settings. Encrypted backups have a lock icon in the list of backups in iTunes Devices preferences. Encrypt your backups : Select "Encrypt Device backup ," type a password, and click Set Password. Click Back Up Now or Restore Backup (below Backups ). For more information, see the User Guide for your device or the Apple Support website. Require a prompt before automatic syncing

iTunes 11 for Mac: Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad

Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad When you connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to your computer, certain files and settings on your device are automatically backed up to your computer. You can restore this information to your device if you need to (if you get a new iPhone, for example, and want to transfer your previous settings to it). Automatically backed - up information includes text messages, notes, call history, contact favorites, sound settings, widget settings, and more. In addition, photos in Camera Roll or Saved Photos are also backed up . Other media files (such as songs, videos, and some photos) aren’t backed up , but can be restored by syncing with iTunes. If you have iOS 3.0 or later and Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, iTunes can also encrypt your backups to secure your data. Back up or restore your device Connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the computer you normally sync with and select your device. Click Summary. Do one of the following: Back up or restore from a backup manually: Click Back Up Now or Restore Backup . Restore your device’s files and settings: Click Restore. If your backup is encrypted, iTunes asks you to enter the password before restoring your files and settings. Encrypted backups have a lock icon in the list of backups in iTunes Devices preferences. Encrypt your backups : Select "Encrypt Device backup ," type a password, and click Set Password. Click Back Up Now or Restore Backup (below Backups ). For more information, see the User Guide for your device or the Apple Support website. Require a prompt before automatic syncing

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later: Back up libraries and archive projects

Back up the Final Cut Pro X application Create a new folder in the Applications folder. Name the folder with the name and version of the application (for example, "Final Cut Pro X 10.1"). To check the version of Final Cut Pro X you have, open the application and choose About Final Cut Pro from the Final Cut Pro menu. Select the Final Cut Pro X application in the Applications folder. Choose File > Compress "Final Cut Pro." It will take a few minutes to compress.  Move the resulting "Final Cut Pro.zip" file into the folder you created in step 1. Move the folder containing the .zip file to to a backup drive.   Back up libraries It's always a good idea to have a regular backup strategy so you'll have a current backup of your creative work. You could use system-wide backups like Time Machine to  back up your Final Cut Pro X library or copy the library to a dedicated backup drive. The latter is a good solution if you are using managed media, where media that you import is stored inside the library. You can also use the Consolidate command to collect external media as managed media inside the library for easy transport or archiving. To protect your media, you should back up to a storage device or partition different from the one where you store the media files used with Final Cut Pro.   Archive projects You can archive a project or production as a short-term solution to free up storage space, or you can archive for long-term storage and retrieve it when it needs updating or repurposing. Follow the steps below to archive a project. Select the items in the library you want to archive, such as one or more events or a final project. The media included in the archive depends on your selection: Select an event to archive all media in the event, whether or not it's used in a project.  Select a project to archive the project and the media needed for that project. This results in a smaller archive.  Choose File > Copy [item] to Library > New Library. Type a name for the new library, navigate to a location for the new library, and click Save.  In the window that appears, do one of the following:  If you want the smallest possible archive, make sure the Optimized Media and Proxy Media checkboxes aren't enabled.  If you want to include optimized or proxy media (and copying time and storage space aren't issues), select the Optimized Media checkbox, the Proxy Media checkbox, or both.  Click OK. The new library (with storage settings inherited from the original library) appears in the Libraries list.  If you want to adjust the storage locations for the new archive library, select it and choose File > Library Properties (or press Control-Command-J) to open the Library Properties Inspector. Make any changes you would like.  Click Consolidate or choose File > Consolidate Library Files and then click OK.  Consolidating managed media within the library provides you with one library file that has everything you need later.  Consolidating to an external location results in two items to move: the library and the Media folder. However, you can more easily share this media later with multiple editors (on a storage area network for example). Note: Render files are not copied across libraries. You can regenerate them when you reopen your library. 

OS X El Capitan: If you see a message that you must create a new backup

If you see a message that you must create a new backup If you must create a new backup , that means a problem has occurred that prevents Time Machine from using the existing backup . Try to retrieve data from the existing backup : Click Back Up Later. Then click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, and choose Enter Time Machine. Use the arrows and timeline to browse the backups that contain the files you want to retrieve. Time Machine asks you again later to start a new backup . Create a new backup : Click Start New Backup . Your existing backup is deleted, and your data is fully backed up only after the new backup is completed. If you back up to a Time Capsule, check the Apple Support website to be sure you have the most current firmware available. You may get a backup verification failure message if you use network backup solutions from manufacturers other than Apple or you have a hardware problem with the backup disk. Connect a new backup disk to your Mac

OS X Yosemite: If you see a message that you must create a new backup

If you see a message that you must create a new backup If you must create a new backup , that means a problem has occurred that prevents Time Machine from using the existing backup . Try to retrieve data from the existing backup : Click Back Up Later. Then click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, and choose Enter Time Machine. Use the arrows and timeline to browse the backups that contain the files you want to retrieve. Time Machine asks you again later to start a new backup . Create a new backup : Click Start New Backup . Your existing backup is deleted, and your data is fully backed up only after the new backup is completed. If you back up to a Time Capsule, check the Apple Support website to be sure you have the most current available firmware. You may get a backup verification failure message, if you use of network backup solutions from manufacturers other than Apple or you have a hardware problem with the backup disk. Connect a new backup disk to your Mac

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