How to Choose an iOS Backup Method?

One of the most frequently asked questions throughout the Internet is “which is better — iCloud backups or iTunes backups? This article aims to answer this question and help you choose the best backup solution.

Each backup method has its own advantages. For most users, iCloud Backup is the recommended solution as described below.

When you choose iTunes Backup?

iTunes Backup is traditionally how users have backed up their iOS devices, and it continues to serve the needs of many users. iTunes Backup is best for you if:

iTunes Backup is the traditional backup solution for iOS device users. It serves the needs of many users. It is the best solution if:

  1. You frequently use the computer that hosts your iTunes Backups.
  2. You don’t have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud.
  3. The photos and videos saved in your device’s Camera Roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size or you tend to have very large backups.
  4. You want on-site and networked backups.
  5. You would like a manual or secondary backup solution to use in conjunction with iCloud Backup (see below).

Note: Keep in mind that iTunes Backup does not create a duplicate back up of your movies, music, podcasts, and apps. 

In fact, you can’t restore your device from iTunes backup if you can’t connect your device to computer. If so, you can turn to iPhone Data Recovery and iPhone Data Recovery for Mac to restore iPhone/iPad/iPod data from iTunes backup. 

When you choose iCloud Backup?

iCloud Backup allows you to backup your iOS devices wirelessly and automatically without tethering to a computer. It is the best solution for you if:

  1. You don’t connect your device to a Mac or PC very frequently. Or you don’t own a Mac or PC.
  2. You prefer iCloud take care of backups for you automatically when your device is connected to Wi-Fi and power.
  3. You want to restore data to your device from almost anywhere via a broadband Wi-Fi connection.
  4. You would like an automatic backup solution to use in conjunction with iTunes Backup (see below).

Note: iCloud Backup will restore your purchased music, movie, and app content from the iTunes and App Stores during the background restore process. iCloud Backup does not back up music, movies, and TV shows that you did not purchase from the iTunes Store, or any podcasts, audio books, or photos that you originally synced from your computer. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore.

When to use iCloud and iTunes Backup together?

For an extra level of backup for your data, you can use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.

Using iCloud Backup doesn’t disable iTunes Backup completely, it just turns off Automatic Backups via iTunes. You can trigger a manual iTunes Backup yourself whenever you want to create a new one.

For the best results, back up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more frequently if important data needs to be backed up.


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