With iOS 7 due for release today, it’s time to do something that you should do often: back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Whenever you install a new operating system, whether on a computer or a mobile device, there is a risk of problems which could cause data loss.
It’s easy to back up an iOS device, and it’s just as easy to restore that backup if something goes wrong. Connect your iOS device to your computer, and launch iTunes, if it doesn’t launch automatically. Click on the device, or click on the Devices button in iTunes, then choose that device. On the Summary screen, you’ll see the following:
Click on This Computer, then click on Back Up Now. If you generally back up your iOS device to iCloud, switch it to This Computer for now. An iCloud backup is great to have if you’re on the road and need to restore an iOS device, but a local backup is much quicker. The backup won’t take long, and you’ll be safe in case of any problems when you update to iOS 7.
If you don’t sync and back up your iOS device regularly, try and remember to do so in the future; it protects you against losing data, but also your settings and home screens. It’s a quick, painless process, so don’t forget to do it often.