Backing up your iPhone/iPad

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There is nothing worse than losing your mobile phone and having to start from scratch with all of your contacts. Drew explains how to back up your contacts, photos and purchased apps in less than five minutes.

If you don’t have it already, start by downloading iTunes (free).

Once installed, open iTunes and connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using the USB connector which came with your device. You may currently be using it as a power cord with the provided adaptor, so simply remove the cord from the adaptor and plug the USB into the computer.

Wait about thirty seconds for your computer to recognise your device. In most cases, your device will be in your name. For example, my iPhone appears as ‘Drew’s iPhone’. This device will appear under the ‘Devices’ tab on the left hand side of iTunes.

Right-click on the name of your device and then click ‘Backup’. iTunes will now start backing up your information. This process will take around five minutes so be patient. If you ever lose your phone or need to revert back to your old backup, the button below ‘Backup’ is ‘Restore from backup’ and this will walk you through reinstalling your information.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


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