How to Back Up Your iPhone Apps & Music: 8 Steps - MakeSureHow
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The Apple iPhone is the most widely used smartphone on the market. There were more iPhones sold daily than the number of babies born in the world during the first quarter of 2012, according to a report by The Next Web online publication. To keep data safe for these millions of global users, Apple has developed two different ways to synchronize and back up iPhone information. The iTunes program can be used for backups on a local computer, while iCloud allows people to back up their devices online.Using a Computer for Backup.


  1. 1
    Launch the Apple iTunes application on your computer. Plug the USB transfer cable into the bottom of the iPhone and connect the other end of the cable to the computer USB port.
  2. 2
    Locate the section labeled "Devices" on the left-hand side of the iTunes software window. Under this heading, select the iPhone device from the list. Press the "Apply" button on the lower right side of the screen to back up the iPhone's contents onto the computer.
  3. 3
    Enable wireless syncing to make the backup process automatic in the future. Keep the iPhone plugged in to the USB cable. Click the iTunes option box marked "Sync with this device over Wi-Fi."
  4. 4
    Unplug the USB cable. The iPhone will automatically synchronize and back up its data whenever it is being recharged in the vicinity of the wireless Wi-Fi network.Using iCloud for Backup
  5. 5
    Set up iCloud to be used for backups, if it has not already been configured. Press the "Settings" button on the iPhone "Home" screen. Choose the "iCloud" option. Enter your Apple ID user information.
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    Toggle the list of items to "On" to synchronize them automatically. For example, you can choose to back up "Documents & Data" while leaving "Notes" deselected.
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    Press the "Storage and Backup" button on the bottom of the "iCloud" settings screen. Click "Turn on iCloud Backup." This allows data to be stored online.
  8. 8
    Change the iPhone's store settings to automatically download new app and music purchases made on other devices. Choose the "Store" menu from the "Settings" screen. Toggle the areas marked "Music," "Apps" and "Books" to enable automatic download.

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