In this digital era, we are surrounded by security threats and we often risk losing our sensitive data if we aren’t careful. Hence Data Backups are essential for everyone owning a tech device. It safeguards your photos and videos, important files, contacts, messages, and more.
Data backups are indeed important, but, the question is, do you need it on your iPhone? I mean, Apple pretty much takes care of data backups via their iCloud service. Not only that, but Apple also goes the extra mile of securing the iPhone device from security threats, while also keeping your personal information private.
But just in case your iCloud storage is full and you do not want to pay right away, or you use an Android device and want a centralized backup and sync across your devices, iCloud may not be the best option for you. In today’s post, I listed the best Data Backup Apps for iOS. Obviously, iCloud is there, but I also listed some iCloud alternatives that you can try.
When should you Backup your Data?
The best time for data backups is when your operating system is new and unused. This is because you can easily return back to your system in case your data is compromised somehow.
- Once a Week/Month/Fortnight: You can set data backups once a week or month depending on your need.
- Before and After Upgrading iOS: Software updates might corrupt your iPhone. Running Data Backups around your updates is good to go in general.
Where to Backup your Data?
- Offline: You can use a Pen Drive or a Flash Drive that can connect to your iPhone.
- Online: You can use a cloud drive like Google Drive, Dropbox, Mega, OneDrive, etc. Some of these services also offer data sync across devices that will be helpful for you.
Forgot to Backup? How to Recover your data?
Well, just in case you forgot to back up and become a victim of any security threat, you should not worry. You can still recover most of your sensitive information. Check out my post on the Best iOS Data Recovery Apps for iPhone. You will get some insights.
Well, shall we begin?
Here’s an overview:
When you think about backing up data on your iPhone, there is already a first-party app from Apple itself and you are probably well familiar with it. iCloud not only lets you backup and restore data on your iPhone but also helps you restore other settings, iCloud Keychain (password manager), and more. However, the only downside to this is you get only 5GB cloud storage for free on iCloud. Apple lets you expand that storage by allowing you to pay a monthly subscription fee. Due to the security restrictions by Apple on iOS, iCloud remains the sole native app service that can take fully-fledged backups on an iPhone.
Since there is a limit on the free storage you get on iCloud, Apple iTunes allows you to backup your iPhone on your computer. The application is available for both PC and Mac. You can also backup your Apple Music and other native app data using iTunes on your computer. Other than this, iTunes can also update your iOS version which none of the other software can while still managing your data and also helps you restore if by chance your data gets accidentally deleted while upgrading the OS.
Google has launched its own backup service for both Android and iOS recently. On your iOS device, you can store photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events with Google. The app utilizes the free 15GB of cloud storage you get with your Google account. You can also purchase more storage and share it with up to 5 family members. When coupled with Google Photos, the app also tells you to delete duplicate photos and save storage by deleting unwanted media and more.
Dr.Fone – Phone Backup (iOS)
Dr. Fone is among the most reputable brands that develop software for both iOS and Android. The Phone Backup software from them lets you backup and restore data selectively. The software backs up your entire iPhone data onto your computer. The application also backs up data from messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber and even allows you to preview your data before restoring it to a device. You can choose to restore your data to another iPhone or export it to your computer as well. You can even backup multiple iOS devices using this application.
CopyTrans Shelbee allows you to make either full or incremental backups. If you backup incrementally, the software will only save the latest changes on your iPhone and not the previous ones, which in turn will save your computer disk space. Doing this will also make the overall backup process faster. You can also choose to backup and restore custom data as well. The application also keeps track of previous backups as well, in case there is an error in the backup or restore process. Data can be encrypted for added safety and security.
This application also allows you to selectively back up and restore data. When you are backing up your iOS device after the first time, it never overwrites the previous backup and even allows you to share your backup in separate disk space. Encryption ensures that there is no unintended misuse and handling of your backup. The software also lets you preview your files before backing up to make sure you restore only the important files. Items that can be backed up include Contacts, Messages, Notes, Reminder, Voicemail, Photos, Calendar, Voice memos, WhatsApp & attachments, Safari bookmarks, and more.
EaseUS MobiMover can perform excellent backups to your computer and restore them in a few minutes. But that is not the main feature of this application. This application is created to move data between two devices (hence the name), although you can also transfer your data to your computer. Just like some other applications in this list, this one also lets you back up your data selectively. This makes it easier to manage data for both your iOS device and your computer. Apart from performing backups, you can also download media on to your iPhone and also transcode to supported file types.
iCareFone is another freeware that lets you backup your iOS device on your PC or Mac. You can backup music, photos, videos, contacts, apps, and more with just a single click. As you probably might have guessed, this one also lets you selectively backup your data. It seems like other app developers have really taken this one downside of iTunes very seriously. iCareFone also supports iOS 14, which is the latest version of iOS. You can also install and uninstall apps on your iPhone, or load other media using this application. The file explorer in this one also lets you view all the files you have backed up, and also has an intuitive UI which makes everything easier and user friendly.
Well, these are the best apps for iOS Data Backups. However, I strongly vouch for the native iCloud Data Backup, if you are mostly into the Apple ecosystem. It is universal, and you won’t get a better experience anywhere else.
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