It’s one of the worst things about owning modern technology, that moment where you realise you haven’t backed up your files and your stomach drops. We’ve all done it at some point, a device has crashed or you’ve deleted things accidentally and there goes those all-important work documents, private messages or baby pictures. Luckily if you happen to own an Apple product (or fancy picking one up from Techscheme with fantastic savings), like a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, there are two great backup solutions, to make sure it never happens again.

iTunes or iCloud?

Let’s say that first of all, these two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it never hurts to have a backup for a backup. You can use iTunes to create back-ups on your physical device, whether it’s a Mac or something more portable. It’s not quite like synching your device with your computer, as an iTunes backup will save nearly all the information on your device – data and settings. It won’t save your apps or media content, but you should be able to use your Apple ID to re-download this stuff once your device is up and running again.

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iCloud saves all your data to the cloud, which means that if you’re connected to Wi-Fi you should be able to create a backup of your device, and access it, from anywhere. It won’t save files and date that you’re already storing in the cloud – because it doesn’t need to. You get 5GB of free iCloud storage, but with a small fee, you can boost that to up to 2TB, whereas iTunes backup will be limited to your device’s storage. It’s also worth noting that iCloud encrypts your data automatically, but you’ll need to turn it on for iTunes.

iTunes Backup: How-To

First off, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes, it’s not always essential but should reduce the chance of errors. Now, open iTunes and connect the device you want to backup to your computer, you may need to enter a passcode or tell your device to Trust This Computer if this is your first time doing it.

When the device you want to backup appears, select it. If you have and health and activity data stored that you want to keep, you’ll need to make sure you choose to encrypt the backup. Select Summary and check the box for Encrypt [device] backup, and once you are ready, press Back Up Now.

When it’s done, go to Preferences > Devices (or Edit > Devices on Windows) to check on your backup, it’ll display all your backups along with the date and time you made them, and a padlock if you chose to encrypt.

iCloud Backup: How-To

On iCloud, things are a little bit easier. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi somewhere that you’re sure the connection won’t drop out. Then, head over to Settings, scroll down and press iCloud. Once you’re there, scroll down again and tap Backup, confirm that the iCloud Backup option is turned on and then press Back Up Now.

If you didn’t lose your internet connection, you should be set. To check the backup is finished go into Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and choose your device, where it should give you details of the backup size, time and date. Easy.

Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
iPad Pro 12.9” 256GB £1029.00 £123.48 £905.52
iPhone 7 Plus 256GB £919.00 £110.28 £808.72
iPod Touch 64GB £279.00 £33.48 £245.52

Of course, knowing exactly how to keep all your information safe with Apple makes this a great time to invest in a new iDevice. At Techscheme you can pick up you can pick up a range of iPhones, iPads, and iPods with up to 12% off your National Insurance Contributions. We’ve outlined the savings of their flagship models in the table above, but if you want to take advantage of these incredible employee benefits, your employer will need to be signed up. It’s free, and there are benefits there for them too, so why not ask them to take a look.