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iTunes Backup VS iCloud Backup


How to best back up your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Data backup from an iOS device (iPad, iPod, iPhone) can be taken by using different methods depending on iTunes, iCloud or other tools. Most users trust on iCloud or iTunes with backup task. So which one is more convenient? iCloud or iTunes; which one is best to take backup? Are there any limitations associated with iTunes and iCloud, that you should know about before you chose one of these? Should you use iTunes or iCloud to back up your iOS device? Is iTunes Backup or iCloud Backup the best solution for you? Lets find out.

Each backup method has its own advantages as well as limitations.

iCloud Backup

iCloud Backup is an easy and reliable backup solution for users who want to back up their iOS devices wirelessly and automatically without attaching the device to a computer.

iCloud Backup Advantages

  • iCloud takes care of backups for you automatically when your device is connected to Wi-Fi and power source.
  • You can restore data to your device from almost anywhere via a broadband Wi-Fi connection.
  • You don’t have to connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC very frequently for just taking backup.
  • You don’t have to own a Mac or PC or you don’t have to depend on PC for backups.
  • Its an automatic backup solution.

iCloud Backup Disadvantages

iCloud Backup does not back up music, movies, and TV shows that you did not purchase from the iTunes Store, or any podcasts, audio books, or photos that you originally synced (or copied) from your computer. iCloud Backup will only restore purchased music, movie, and app content from the iTunes and App Stores during the background restore process. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. iCloud storage is free if you need 5 GB of space. For more, you have to purchase it.

iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup is the traditional way of taking backup from iOS devices.

iTunes Backup Advantages

  • Its a local backup, so you do not need to worry about the available free storage space.
  • Backup on demand.
  • Keep as many versions of backups as you like (in case of multiple computers).
  • You do not need to connect to Wi-Fi to take backup. Saves internet bandwidth.
  • Many users take photos and videos often that exceeds 1 GB in size. You can have large backups with iTunes to your PC.
  • You can take on-site and networked backups.
  • It can be used as a manual or secondary backup solution to use in conjunction with iCloud Backup.

iTunes Backup Disadvantages

iTunes Backup does not create a duplicate back up of your movies, music, podcasts, and apps. Media content is synced from your primary computer via iTunes. You have to take backup manually and you are dependent on Windows PC or MAC to take backup via iTunes. You always need the latest version of iTunes to take backup.

iCloud and iTunes Backup Together

For an extra level of backup for your data, you can use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together. Using iCloud Backup doesn’t disable iTunes Backup completely. It, however turns off Automatic Backups via iTunes. You can trigger a manual iTunes Backup yourself whenever you want to create a new backup.

To take backup by using iTunes, plug your iOS device into your computer via cable and Open iTunes.

From the iTunes, click the iOS device button on the right. In the Backups section, click Back Up Now under “Manually Back Up and Restore.”
Right-click (or Control click) on your iOS device in the iTunes Source list and choose Back Up from the iTunes device shortcut menu.

Allow the backup to complete. You can monitor the status of the backup operation in the iTunes status screen.

Bonus Tips: If important data needs to be backed up, back up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more frequently. If you are using iCloud and iTunes Backup together, and you simply want to speed up your iCloud Backup & Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off iCloud Backup for very large data types. For example, if you have a 15 GB Camera Roll on your iPhone, you may not wish to back it up to iCloud because it is already being manually backed up to iTunes. You can disable back up of any iCloud Backup item in Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options. After doing so, these items will only be backed up when you manually back up to iTunes.

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