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How to Backup iPhone and iPad before Upgrading to iOS 12

On its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has released the latest mobile operating system iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad. Due to iOS 11's much complaints, Apple claims that iOS 12 mainly focused on improvements of performance and stability, and it will make your device run 40% to 70% faster than it used to, especially on older devices. Besides, iOS 12 added many new features for Photos, Siri, Messages and other more updates.

Currently, Apple only released iOS 12 beta version. According to my experience and other reports, iOS 12 really improves my old iPhone even if it's only a beta version. And I am looking forward to its official version. Another good news for iOS users is that iOS 12 is available for all devices that support iOS 11, which means that your iPhone 5S have access to iOS 12 as well. So if you can't wait to upgrade your device to iOS 12, please take note that due to Apple's security settings, the backup made on higher iOS version is not supported to be restored to the device that running lower iOS version. For example, if you backed up your device on iOS 12, and downgrade your device to iOS 11, the backup made now can not be restored to your device. So before upgrading your device to iOS 12, we recommend you to backup your device firstly in case of data loss. And this article gives you three methods to backup your device. Let's get started.

Solution 1: Backup iPhone/iPad with iTunes

When it comes to making backup for iOS device, iTunes is the most common tool. Since iTunes can nearly backup all contents on your device. Simply install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, and connect your iPhone/iPad to computer with an USB cable to back it up.

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Solution 2: Backup iPhone/iPad via iCloud

iTunes backup takes up large space on your local disk, and it always backs up everything without leaving you option to selectively backup your device, while iCloud backup enables you to do so. To backup your iOS device to iCloud:

Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud, scroll down until you find iCloud Backup option, turn it on, and it would backup your iPhone/iPad automatically when your idevice was locked and connected to WiFi network and a charger.

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recommended solution Solution 3: 1-click backup iPhone/iPad without using iCloud and iTunes.

iCloud backup requires network, and it's not convenient to restore the backup to your device which needs you to reset your device. Syncios Data Transfer, a great handy tool designed to backup your iPhone/iPad with ease. It supports backing up 12 different types of files, including photos, contacts, SMS messages, Notes, Ebooks, call logs, music, videos, etc, and you are allowed to restore the data whenever you want. Unlike iTunes and iCloud, it won't overwrite existing data. What's more, not only does it provide its own backup and recovery service, but it can also restore your iOS device from iTunes/iCloud backups. Check the details below:

Step 1: Download and install Syncios Data Tranfer.

Simply download Syncios Data Transfer from:

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Step 2: Connect your device.

After installed the program, connect your device to computer, launch the program and select Backup to PC option from the homepage, Syncios would detect your iPhone/iPad and load the data automatically, after a while(according to the size of your data), all kinds of data would be displayed on the middle of the panel.

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Step 3: Start to backup.

Check the data you want to backup, and set the path for the backup, simply click on Start Copy button to start the backup process. After a while, all of the data you selected would be backed up to your computer successfully.

Summary: All three methods have been introduced above, you can choose the one which meets your own situation. Once again, we strongly recommend you to backup your device before upgrading your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12.

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Backup iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 12

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