Backup Your iPhone Ready for iOS11

How to Back Up Your iPhone before updating to iOS 11.

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Introduction

Apple has released the next major update to iOS - iOS11, with many great new features. Here are some of our favourites...

  • Better photo compression means that your photos will take up less space
  • Nicer Messages, making it easier to browse stickers and emojis
  • You can add a variety of shortcuts and buttons to your Control Center

However, there is always a risk of data loss when upgrading system software. Therefore, it's important to backup before upgrading your iPhone or iPad. This article takes you through the steps on how to backup *everything* on your iPhone or iPad.

Step One : Do a Data Backup in iTunes.

First lets perform a backup of your iPhone configuration and other data. This will backup your iPhone settings and App data to your PC.

  1. Start iTunes
  2. Connect your iPhone.
  3. Click the device icon in iTunes..
    . The device icon in iTunes.
  4. In the Backups section click the "Back Up Now" button...

    This will start the backup process. Depending on how many apps you have on your iPhone - this can take a little while. Once its finished you'll have a full backup of your iPhone configuration and App data.

 

Step Two : Backup your Music and Playlists with TouchCopy.

The iTunes backup is great but it has one glaring omission. The iTunes backup does not back up your music, Playlists or other audio / video content. To backup all of these items - we will use TouchCopy.

  1. Close iTunes and disconnect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  2. Now, lets download and install TouchCopy on your PC or Mac...
    Download TouchCopy
  3. Run TouchCopy by double clicking on the TouchCopy icon on your Desktop (PC Users) or double clicking the TouchCopy icon in your Applications folder (Mac Users).


  4. When TouchCopy askes you to do so - connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  5. TouchCopy will detect your device and display the music library contained on it.


  6. Click the Backup All icon in the tool bar...


  7. A pop-up window will ask if you want to back up all your music and Playlists into iTunes directly or to another folder on your computer. Select the back up to iTunes option and click "Continue"...


    TouchCopy will now copy over all your Music, Video, Ringtones, Voice Memos and Playlists to your iTunes library.
  8. The demonstration version of TouchCopy will copy 100 songs from your iPhone or iPad for free. If you have more than 100 items of music on your iPhone, purchase the full version of TouchCopy from the Wide Angle Software web store.

Step Three : Upgrade iOS

Having backed up all your configuration, App data and Music and Video - your ready for the exciting part - upgrading your iPhone to iOS11!

  1. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch open the Settings app.
  2. Select General
  3. Select Software Update
  4. Your device will check with Apple for the correct update and give you the option to upgrade.

Summary

Its always a good idea to backup your devices your mobile devices, especially when upgrading the operating system. In this article we have shown you how to backup your iOS device before upgrading to iOS 11. We have shown you how to backup data using iTunes and how to backup music with Playlists using TouchCopy.

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