3 Methods on How to Backup iPhone before Upgrading to iOS 10

iOS 10 is out and you could be that iOS user that who wants to go trendy. As you prepare to upgrade your iDevice specifically iPhone to the latest iOS 10. You need to ensure that you have done a backup of files on your iPhone since you may lose this data files when upgrading your iOS. In this article we have compiled different ways in which you can back up your files.

1 Backup iPhone Data Using iPhone Data Extractor

The first method is to backup files using iMyfone D-Back iPhone data extractor Win or iPhone data extractor Mac software. This software allows you to scan over 22 file types on your iPhone and save them on your computer. Before saving the files you can preview and save them first. This comprehensive tool works with Windows and Mac operating system. Now, once you have downloaded iMyfone D-Back software, you can follow these steps.

Windows version Mac version

Step 1. Choose “Recover from iOS Device”

Open iMyfone D-Back software on your Mac or Windows computer and click on “Recover from iOS Device ” button.

choose Recover from iOS Device

Next click on “Start” and you will a window that appears. Here you have the select the file types that you want to scan on your iPhone. To be safe click on “All File Types” button and then connect iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

select all file types

At the bottom right, you will see “Scan” button click on it.

scan your device

Step 2. Preview and Save Files

Since this program is very powerful, it will be able to scan and retrieve all files on your iPhone including those that you may have deleted intentionally. Therefore, to do away with that, mark on each file type and view photos and videos and read through notes and messages to see the ones you want to save.  After that, tick on the appropriate file types and click on “Recover” button. Next you have to give a destination of the scanned files on your Mac or PC.

Preview and Save Files

2 Backup iPhone Data Using iTunes

Even without a third party iPhone extractor software, you can backup files uing iTunes application on your computer. It is very easy.

Step 1. Launch iTunes program on your computer. If you don’t have then you need to download it.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable that you unboxed with your iPhone. If your iPhone asks you if you trust the computer click on “Trust” or give a passcode when requested.

Step 3. Your iPhone will then be detected, click on Summary Tab and click on your iPhone.

Step 4. Below your iPhone on iTunes is “Backups” option. Choose where to backup your iPhone data and then click on “Backup Now”.


iTunes will immediately backup your iPhone data. Be patient until the process is complete. To check iTunes backup go to “iTunes” on the main menu then click on “Preferences” followed by “Devices”. You will be able to see your iPhone backup.

Limitations of Backing up using iTunes

With this method you will not be able to backup music, apps, movies and podcasts that have been sync to iTunes but not available on your iPhone.

3 Backup Data on iPhone Using iCloud

For this method you can do the backup directly on your iPhone. However you should be connected to a strong Wireless connection.

Step 1. After connecting your iPhone to Wi-Fi, go to Settings and then tap on iCloud.

Step 2. Under iCloud Backup, activate the “iCloud Backup” button.

Step 3. Now tap on back and turn on data types that you want to back up and then click next.

Step 4. Next scroll down the backup screen and tap on “Backup Now”

The backup will commence immediately, just ensure that you do not disconnect from the Wi-Fi until the process is complete.

To check the backup you have done go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and you will your backup including the date and time.

Backup iPhone using iCloud

Limitations of backing up using cloud

  • It can do a backup of files that you purchased and deleted them from App store.
  • This method requires Wireless connection and it may not be efficient for people who have no wireless connection.

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