About backups for iOS devices

You can copy and save the information on your iOS device by backing it up. If you replace your device, you can use its backup to transfer your information to a new iOS device.

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Decide which method is best for you

This article can help you decide which backup method is best for you. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make a backup in iCloud and another in iTunes.

ITUNES

  • Stores backups on your Mac or PC
  • Storage depends on your Mac or PC's available space
  • Offers encrypted backups (off by default)
  • Lets you create and use backups from your Mac or PC

ITUNES BACKUPS DON'T INCLUDE:

  • Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)
  • Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos
  • Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library
  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)

ICLOUD

  • Stores backups in iCloud
  • Offers up to 2TB of storage (your first 5GB are free)
  • Always encrypts your backups
  • Lets you create and use backups from anywhere with Wi-Fi

ICLOUD BACKUPS DON'T INCLUDE:

  • Data that's already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Calendars, Notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library
  • Data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Touch ID settings
  • iCloud Music Library and App Store content (If it's still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.)