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17/9/2015 0 Comments
Well, it's iOS upgrade time again. The latest version of iOS - iOS 9 - is now available for download and installation.
If you missed last week's article that outlined the content of iOS 9, here is the link.
Before you even think about upgrading - or migrating to a brand new device - you need to be sure that you have a backup of your iPad and/or iPhone.
While problems don't happen often, upgrades (and updates) can occasionally fail. If this occurs, you will want to be sure to have a backup from which you can restore your device. before re-attempting the upgrade/update.
You have two options -
Backing up to iTunes
Of course, to back up to iTunes, you need a computer running iTunes, a version that is compatible with your i-Device's iOS version.
An iTunes backup is a much more comprehensive backup than an iCloud backup. It includes the full contents of your device, including the apps. Additionally, it does not require use of the internet - no upload/download data is used by this form of backup. If you have a computer, it is well worth doing an iTunes backup every now and then, even if you already backup to iCloud.
Another important different with an iTunes backup is that, when you specify that you want to encrypt your iTunes backup, that backup will include any passwords used by your device, and will ensure these are restored to your device when you restore from the backup.
An un-encrypted iTunes backup will not store passwords, so you will need to re-do these when your device is re-instated. Sometimes, this can cause quite a bit of grief - trying to remember all those key passwords.
Backing up to iCloud
An iCloud backup only backs up those things that are not already available for re-downloading from iCloud/iTunes and requires (of course) use of the internet to re-instate your device. And an iCloud backup will not back up passwords. Restoring from an iCloud backup requires an internet connection and, depending on how much data is stored on your device, may use up a significant amount of your monthly data allowance.
Need help with backups or upgrades?
The whole area of backups and upgrades can get quite overwhelming for many. If you need help with either of these, please don't hesitate to contact iTandCoffee on 1300 885 420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some past articles and handy hints on the topic or backups and iCloud, for those who feel like doing some further reading.
Here also is a good article from MacWorld on this topic.
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