How to Back up Data From Your Apple Devices

In the age of data privacy, backing up your data is paramount and if you own an Apple device, you are in luck. There are in-built features on Apple devices that allow you to back up your data seamlessly. 

Let’s take them one by one – 

1. iPhone and iPad

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The good thing about the Apple ecosystem is that you can sync your data to a Mac if you have an iPhone or an iPad. You can easily learn how to backup iphone to external hard drive on mac in these easy steps: 

  • Connect your device to the Mac
  • Choose the device in Finder
  • Then choose General
  • Now you can choose from the backup options – store to iCloud or Mac
  • Select ‘Back Up Now’

If you are exchanging your phone for a new one, you can use this method to store all your data and then restore your phone to factory settings. 

Alternatively, if your phone is misplaced or stolen, you can remote wipe your phone if it is synced to the iCloud.

2. MacBook and iMac

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Macs have an in-built feature called Time Machine that allows you to back up your data pretty seamlessly. All you need is an external disk that has the capacity to store enough data. 

Once you set up Time Machine, it backs up your data at regular intervals automatically if the external drive is plugged in. If you have never backed up your data, be prepared for a long wait the first time around. It might be wise to clean up your Mac before you prepare to back up your data. 

You can either manually clean up your files or use cleaning software to automate the process for you. 

After the first backup, the second backup onwards this process will be much faster since it will copy the new files. 

If you want to err on the side of caution, it is advisable to store your data on multiple external drives. It avoids you being overly dependent on an external drive. 

The process is the same as before. You can use Time Machine to back up data to multiple devices. 

The other option is to use iCloud or other cloud storage services. The reason why cloud is preferable is that you are not reliant on hardware that can be misplaced or stolen. It is possible to access your data from anywhere on any computer which makes this a more convenient option. 

iCloud is Apple’s own storage service but it is an expensive solution compared to Google’s Drive. Dropbox is also an extremely popular option but the free version only gives you access to 2GB. 

The other way to backup your data on your Mac is to use a third-party app that backs up your data. There are some free options but it is best to avoid these and use a paid version since if the data you’re trying to store is sensitive, you cannot be assured that the free version will protect your data.

3. Apple Watch

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Health data collected on Apple Watch is extremely crucial. Because while those that wear the watch have more procedures done, they do not become hypochondriacs since the health data gives them an accurate picture of their current health. 

In order to backup this data from your Apple Watch, all you have to do is to be in the range of your iPhone. This will ensure that data gets backed up to your iPhone. If you unpair an Apple Watch, this will also create a backup for your Apple Watch data. 

When you re pair that Apple Watch or try a pair a new Apple Watch, you will have the option to restore the last backed up data. 

Here are the steps to back up your Apple Watch data

  • Make sure your watch is connected to your WiFi
  • Open your iPhone and visit ‘Settings’
  • Click on your name and then ‘Backup’

What data is backed up from your Apple Watch?

Here is a list of all the data that is backed up: 

  • App data for all the apps that are built into the Watch like Weather, Stocks, Calendar
  • App settings for built-in and third-party apps
  • The layout of your home screen
  • Customizations you have made to the clock face
  • Settings you’ve changed for the Dock
  • Any general settings
  • All your health and fitness data points
  • Your preference for receiving notifications
  • Any music that has been synced

But there is a lot of data that does not get saved. Your Bluetooth pairings, credit or debit cards you have used, the passcode and messages are not backed up. This is important to keep in mind because while you may even be able to recover deleted Instagram messages, you will not be able to do that with the Apple Watch.

All in all

Apple makes it pretty easy for you to back up your data either to your Mac, iPhone, or iCloud. Make use of the inbuilt features to backup your data and protect it from a breach or unintentional loss. It is advisable to store your data in multiple places instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. Store your data in the cloud, on external devices, and other Apple devices. 

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