Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup is how users have backed up their iOS devices before iCloud was available.  It is still a method that many users continue to use and serves them well. Let’s see if this is the best way for you.

  • Do you regularly use the computer that has your iTunes Backups?
  • Do you not have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud?
  • Do your photos and videos on your device’s camera roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size?
  • Do you tend to have very large backups?
  • Would you like a manual or secondary backup solution to use with your iCloud back up?

iCloud and iTunes Backup together

For those of you who want that extra level of backup for your data, we suggest that you use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.

When you use iCloud backup, it doesn’t disable iTunes backup completely, it just stops the automatic backup via iTunes.  You can manually backup via iTunes yourself whenever you want to create a new one.

The Steps for Manual iTunes Backup 

1. Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the cable provided.

2. Open iTunes

3a. For iTunes 11, click the iOS device button on the right, then in the backups section, click back up now under “manually backup and restore”

3b. For iTunes 10.7, right-click or control click on your iOS device in the iTunes source list, then choose back up from the itunes device shortcut menu.

4. Allow the backup to complete.

We recommend backing up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more often if there is important data.  If your going to use the two backups together, and you want to speed up your iCloud Backup and Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off very large data types. Example: You have a 7 GB Camera roll on you iPhone, and you already have it manually backed up to iTunes.  Disabling the backup of any items can be done on your iOS devices.

Settings > iCould > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options

These items, after doing so, will only be backed up manually to itunes.

Automatic iTunes Backup.

1. Open iTunes

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable.

3. Select the iOS device in the upper right corner. If your don't see your device, choose View > Hide Sidebar.

4. In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi"

5. When the computer and the iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes. The automatic syncing will commence when the following conditions are true:

  • The iOS device is charging
  • iTunes is open on the computer
  • The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network.

 You can also backup via iCloud