December 1st, 2020

How to back up your iPhone and Android phone

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How to back up data on phone

You know how important it is to back up your computer. But are you also remembering to back up the data on your smartphone? Thankfully, backing up your phone is simple and can be completed in just a matter of moments. So if your phone is lost, stolen or damaged, you won't have to worry about how you'll get all of those irreplaceable photos and videos from your device back.

Asurion Experts are here to help you with all of your tech care needs. In this article, they'll share everything you need to know to back up your iPhone and Android devices.

What does backing up your phone do?

Backing up your phone makes sure that you don't lose any of the data that's important to you, such as your:

  • contacts
  • photos and videos
  • Wi-Fi network and passwords
  • music
  • apps and app settings
  • email
  • passwords, and more.

How to back up your Android phone

Directions on how to back up your Android phone can vary—the instructions for a Google Pixel 5 will be different than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S21. An easy solution is to use Google's backup service, since it's built into all Android devices, but you can also use the backup solutions provided by the manufacturer too, like Samsung. Here's how:

To back up your Pixel phone to Google:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on System, then Backup.
  3. Next, tap Back up now. If prompted, enter your Google username and password.
  4. Tap on Back up now.

To back up your Samsung phone to Google:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Accounts and backup.
  3. Next, tap Back up data. If prompted, enter your Google username and password.
  4. Tap on Back up now.

From this screen, you can also choose when to automatically back up going forward, and toggle on Use Wi-Fi only to save battery and data.

To perform a backup on your Samsung phone using Samsung Cloud:

Samsung offers their own cloud solution, Samsung Cloud, for storing your phone's information. Use it alone, or do a backup to the Samsung Cloud and to your Google Drive accountit never hurts to have a backup of your backup.

  1. Go to Settings. If you're already signed into your Samsung account, then tap on your name. If not, click on Samsung account and sign in.
  2. Then, tap on Samsung Cloud. If you're doing this for the first time, you may have to click on No backups.
  3. Tap Back up data again.
  4. Go through and select what apps and data you'd like to back up. Then, tap Back up.
  5. When the sync is complete, tap Done.

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

Backing up your iPhone keeps personal data and information safe in case of device damage, loss, or replacement. Before you get started, make sure you're connected to a strong Wi-Fi connection and that you have your Apple ID and password to sign into iCloud—if you need help, check out our guide on how to set up iCloud.

  1. Tap Settings, then click on your name.
  2. Next, tap on iCloud.
  3. Once in iCloud, scroll down to tap iCloud Backup.
  4. Then, tap Back Up Now.

Be sure to stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes. To make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size.

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How to back up your iPhone on your computer

On a Mac running macOS® Mojave 10.14 or earlier or a PC, you'll use iTunes® to back up your iPhone. Here's how:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Connect your device to your computer with a cable. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Click on the iPhone icon in the upper-left corner.
  4. Click Summary, then click Back Up Now.

On a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, you'll use the Finder® to back up your iPhone. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Connect your device to your computer with a cable. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Click on your device under Locations in the left column.
  4. Click General, then click Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
  5. Click Back Up Now.

Once you're backed up, you're now protected in case you need to perform a factory reset or if you get a new phone and need to easily transfer your data. Check out our guide to how to restore your iPhone for next steps on getting your information back on your device.

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