Other iPhone Backups?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wayland1985, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. wayland1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    My iPhone has largely replaced my ancient laptop (and I rarely use an iPad anymore!). I realize iCloud is supposed to act as a backup for my phone, but I’ve already ran into issues when trying to access a resume I had saved to the cloud.

    I know, back before iCloud was what it is, I used to use my laptop to back up my phone.

    I’m curious what you all do now? Do you just trust the cloud? Or do you have a computer that you backup your phone to?

    (Just curious as I consider whether or not it’s time to buy an iMac)
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have had problems with the could and would NEVER just trust the Cloud.

    You will need access to a computer but down load the latest version of iTunes and do an encrypted backup.

    I use the cloud nightly but once a week I do a full encrypted iTunes backup!
  3. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    I still use a computer to backup my device. I haven't wanted to use iCloud because I don't want to pay for the storage.
  4. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    I use iCloud and have had zero issues with it.
  5. iPhone Xcited macrumors regular

    iPhone Xcited

    Sep 13, 2017
    Never really trusted iCloud. Only have Stocks, Health, Game Center, and Siri synced to it. I use iTunes on my laptop and do a complete backup of my iPhone every month. Been doing this across two laptops, multiple versions of iTunes, since my first iPhone (iPhone 5). Never had an issue.
  6. sporez macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2010
    Chattanooga, TN
    I use iCloud. Works great for me and I don’t even have to remember to backup.
  7. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I use iCloud to store my photos and documents (resume included) and have not had any issues whatsoever.
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    For me, iPhone backups serve only as a quick way to restore general content between phone upgrades.

    I don't keep all of my eggs in one basket. Dropbox for photos, Google for contacts and calendars (which lets me use any device for that). And I never use my iCloud email addresses except for iMessage on devices that have no cellular connection. I've got multiple web domains and long time established email accounts, both free and with my ISP. All of those accounts use IMAP, so they sync to all my devices.

    My entire iTunes library is stored on my Windows laptop and Google Play Music monitors it for changes. Hence, I can access over 10GB of music on any device without it being on that device.

    I have multiple computers and devices for specific purposes. Any important content on my iPhone is only stored temporarily before it's pulled off and backed up elsewhere (not iCloud). Anything that is personally important is discussed in person instead of iMessage/SMS/MMS.

    In this manner, I could lose everything on my iPhone and not be out anything. Originally, I was going to be all-in to Apple's ecosystem, but finding out that they cut off my PowerMacs with the introduction of the iPhone 5 meant I had to find alternatives. Which led to not having any reliance on Apple at all. If I use a service it's because I want to and not because I need it.

    So, all of that means I don't have to depend on a backup, whether it's in iCloud or on my Mac/PC.
  9. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I use the app iMazing, along with making an encrypted iTunes backup. iMazing has a lot more features than iTunes, and is much more reliable, in my opinion. I use iCloud but, I don't trust it.
  10. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    After some annoyances with iTunes on Windows I now rely completely on iCloud for my iPhone and iPad back-up. I normally don't like the idea of paying for cloud storage every month, but seriously, $1.29 CDN for 50GB is practically nothing. More than enough for my backups and to store some files.

    The fact that Apple only gives 5GB for free, regardless of how many Apple devices you buy from them, is ridiculous!
  11. dawesie1 macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2016
    Always iCloud now as I've been locked out of my iTunes and it won't let me reset password or erase the backup and start again!

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