iPhone X How would the iPhone backup process work?

doxavita

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Now that new iPhones are comming out, what is the proper procedure to make a backup of the existing ones?

a. Is it simply enough to open iTunes, connect the iPhone, select the device, and finally go to "Back up Now"?

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Do I also have to "Authorize" the computer? otherwise: would I have to manually re-download my iTunes store purchases? Does Authorization refer only to bought songs? (excluding apps for example?)

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700-Grizz

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easiest way is to do an ICLOUD backup, then when you get your new phone--you download from the Cloud and your phone looks the same way your old one does!!! I have been doing it this way for years and ZERO issues!!! Icloud is simply great!
 
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avtclub

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Depends on how much data you have and how fast your internet is.

My backup size is over 90GB and doing it over my internet would take forever.

I use imazing software for backups and come Friday I will restore the backup I will make on Thursday evening.

But yes, backup old phone in iTunes and restore backup when you get the new one.
 
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SisterBlue22

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easiest way is to do an ICLOUD backup, then when you get your new phone--you download from the Cloud and your phone looks the same way your old one does!!! I have been doing it this way for years and ZERO issues!!! Icloud is simply great!
I learned years ago that iCloud backup takes FOREVER (like, many hours to complete) on launch day because the servers are so overloaded. I always make an encrypted backup to my physical computer, and use that to restore from backup. It's so much faster anywhere around launch day.
 
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700-Grizz

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Not mine--been doing it for years and its Less than an hour every time (about 35G worth)!!! You must have a slow WI-FI connection
 

Ortiz83

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I have a question. I always get my wife the new iPhone when it comes out. As well do I. But her phones always gives her some minor problems. I want to say it has to do with her messages. I don’t want to back that app up but she needs her messages. Any ideas?
 

gelie

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So back up to comp and connect new iPhone to computer? Best way? I have 125gb on my phone.
 

doxavita

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Is it possible to have the actual backup with computer authorized in one system, but after restoring such a backup, sync the iphone on another computer with the actual files I would be using (syncing)?
 

SisterBlue22

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Not mine--been doing it for years and its Less than an hour every time (about 35G worth)!!! You must have a slow WI-FI connection
I have the fastest available, which is very fast. Even at the Apple store, using their WiFi, it's incredibly slow. The servers are just completely overloaded around launch time.
 

gelie

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I have the fastest available, which is very fast. Even at the Apple store, using their WiFi, it's incredibly slow. The servers are just completely overloaded around launch time.
Last year I remember terrible issues when trying to activate the X on launch day.
 

acarney

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iCloud is by far the easiest method. That said, this will be the first year I have to set up an iPhone from an icloud backup that is over 200Gigs. I've got 100mbps connection at home, but it still is going to take a LONG time to fill in all the photos and audio and stuff, those small files just take forever when there's a million of them. That said, I don't have a hard drive large enough to backup my current 256gb iphone. I DO have enough storage space (NAS storage) but I'm still 802.11N and again when you factor in time capsule access time and wifi performance with a bunch of small files (thousands of pictures and podcasts) it takes FOREVER on my home network to backup and restore.
 

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For us elsewhere that have very low data limits , iCloud backup is simply out of the question. When I went from my 7 Plus to my X I simply did an iTunes encrypted backup and then restore on my X. Took only may 15 mins, and the X was setup exactly as the 7 Plus.
 
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Orangeman13

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How to save your playlists so you don’t have to manually enter songs again on the new phone?
 

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If your current (old) iPhone is running iOS 11 or 12, there's also automatic setup, where you place the iPhones side by side during the setup process - your data is transferred via bluetooth to the new iPhone. That beats both iTunes and iCloud for speed and convenience.

You should still save a backup of that old iPhone before you retire it - at least, until you know the new iPhone is working fine and you can make a backup of it.
 

700-Grizz

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If your current (old) iPhone is running iOS 11 or 12, there's also automatic setup, where you place the iPhones side by side during the setup process - your data is transferred via bluetooth to the new iPhone. That beats both iTunes and iCloud for speed and convenience.

You should still save a backup of that old iPhone before you retire it - at least, until you know the new iPhone is working fine and you can make a backup of it.
How does that exactly work---you have to do anything special on the old phone, I may give this a shot for something different
 

John-F

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If you want the new phone to have your passwords, you need to do an encrypted backup and restore using iTunes. Otherwise, you will need to enter passwords for your email accounts, Apple accounts, etc.
 

PhillStew

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Glad I found this thread...

At this point, is restoring from an encrypted iTunes backup the same as setting up your new phone from an iCloud backup? In other words, will the iTunes backup restore my home screen organization and phone / notification settings?

I tried the usual Google-fu, it all of the results were a little confusing to me.
 

3rdiguy

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iCloud doesn’t do a full backup like it is if you went through iTunes. I prefer to restore from iTunes backup because it includes all my health info and is really fast
 

Ortiz83

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Won’t my passwords be save on my iCloud? Even if I don’t do a encrypted backup?
 

ApfelKuchen

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How does that exactly work---you have to do anything special on the old phone, I may give this a shot for something different
On the new iPhone you have the option to setup automatically. If you agree, there's a popup on your old iPhone to approve the transfer. Very simple.
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Won’t my passwords be save on my iCloud? Even if I don’t do a encrypted backup?
Correct. If you're using iCloud Keychain then you're covered. For that matter, the health data and on-device keychain are saved in an iCloud backup anyway. Why? Because iCloud backups are always encrypted. When you back up to iTunes you must choose the encrypted backup option to save Health data.
 
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