How to Backup iPhone Before iOS 13 Update

If you plan to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 13, which you should, you may want to first create a backup of your iPhone before the update to be on the safe side. Here we show you multiple ways to create a backup of your iOS-based device.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Aug. 20, 2019, Last Updated: Aug. 20, 2019

Ever since Apple has announced the iOS 13 update, users have gone crazy wanting to update their iPhones to this version of the iOS as soon as possible. If you have also been following the news regarding this update, you may have likely heard of the several new features it brings with it. These new features are why a lot of users want to quickly move from older versions of iOS over to the latest one.

Before you update your iPhone to iOS 13, though, you may want to create a safe and secure backup of the device. Although most iOS updates do not cause any harm and they get installed without any issues, things could go wrong anytime and it is always a good idea to be safe than sorry.

In the following post, you are going to learn how to backup your iPhone before the iOS 13 update. This way your data will be safely stored somewhere and you will not have to worry if things go south during the update installation.

Can I Update to iOS 13 Now?

Although Apple has announced the update with all of its features, the update is still in the beta stage. What that means is that Apple has not officially rolled out the update for the iPhones and so you will not be able to find and install it on your device.

The official update rollout is expected to be around the 17th of September, 2019. That is when the iPhone users will get to see and download the iOS 13 update on your device.

In order to be among the first users to install the latest iOS update, you may want to learn how you can quickly grab the update as soon as it officially rolls out on your iPhone. Here we show you how to do it.

Step 1. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app and tap on General followed by Software Update.

Step 2. The following screen will check for the official iOS updates. When you see the iOS 13 update on your screen, tap on Download and Install to download and install the update on your iPhone.

Update the iOS version on an iPhone

Update the iOS version on an iPhone

Once the update is installed, you will be able to enjoy all of its features on your iPhone.

How to Backup iPhone Before iOS 13 Update

Before you go ahead and update your iPhone to the latest iOS 13, it is important that you get your iPhone backed up. Doing so will ensure your data is safely stored and that there is no worry if the update failed to install on your iPhone.

In an unfortunate case, the update does not install the way it should, you will have your backup to fall back on. You can easily restore the backup and it will bring your iPhone back to its functional state.

There are several ways to create a backup of an iPhone. Each way has a unique approach and you may use the one that is convenient for you.

Method 1. Backup iPhone with iTunes

Using iTunes to create an iPhone backup is the preferred way for many users to creating backups. It is because the app provides you with a really easy to use interface and an easy procedure to make a backup of all of your iPhone data.

Step 1. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. Launch the iTunes app on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3. iTunes will recognize your device. Click on your device icon in the app, select the Summary option beneath your iPhone details, and finally click on the Back Up Now button in the right panel.

Backup your iPhone to your computer using iTunes

Backup your iPhone to your computer using iTunes

iTunes will start creating a backup of your iPhone. When the backup is created, it will be stored on your computer and you will be able to restore it using iTunes when you want.

Method 2. Backup iPhone with iCloud

If you do not have access to a computer, you can use the iCloud feature on your iPhone to create a backup of your data. iCloud also lets you create backups of your iPhone and it is easy to do.

Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable and working WiFi network.

Step 2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap on your name, and then tap on iCloud. It will open the iCloud settings panel.

Access the iCloud settings on your iPhone

Access the iCloud settings on your iPhone

Step 3. Tap on iCloud Backup and ensure the iCloud Backup option is enabled. Turn the toggle to enable it if it is not already. Then, tap on the Back Up Now option to start creating an iCloud backup of your iPhone.

Create an iCloud backup of your iPhone

Create an iCloud backup of your iPhone

Depending on the amount of data you have on your iPhone, it will take anywhere from a few minutes to several minutes for your iPhone to finish creating an iCloud backup.

Once the backup is created, it will be uploaded to your iCloud account. You can restore the backup anytime you want from your iCloud account.

Method 3. Backup iPhone with Cloud Drive

iCloud is not the only cloud backup option you have for your iPhone. There are other services as well including Google Drive and Dropbox that let you create cloud backups of your data.

Here we take a look at how you can backup your iPhone before the iOS 13 update using Google Drive.

Step 1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your iPhone if you do not already have it. Launch the app on your device.

Step 2. Tap on the three horizontal lines at the top and select Settings. It will open the Google Drive settings menu.

Access the settings menu in the Google Drive app on your iPhone

Access the settings menu in the Google Drive app on your iPhone

Step 3. Tap on Settings and choose Backup and then select the option that says Start backup.

Google Drive will start to back up your iPhone and it should take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on what amount of data you have on your iPhone.

Method 4. Backup iPhone with AnyTrans

While all the backup methods shown above will get the job done for you, each of those has a special requirement which your device must meet.

If you would not like to bother with fulfilling the requirements and you rather prefer a straightforward backup solution, we have something for you.

Enter AnyTrans for iOS, an application that allows you to create an iPhone backup without any hassle. It lets you back up all the data stored on your iPhone to your computer with the click of a few buttons.

Step 1. Download the AnyTrans for iOS app and install it on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the app.

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Plug-in your iPhone to your computer and open the app

Plug-in your iPhone to your computer and open the app

Step 2. Click on the Backup Manager option on the left side of the app screen. It will open the panel from where you can create iPhone backups.

Access the Backup Manager section in the app

Access the Backup Manager section in the app

Step 3. Select the Full Backup option, add optional password protection to the backup, and click on the “Next” to start creating a backup.

Specify options for the iPhone backup

Specify options for the iPhone backup

Step 4. You will see the real-time progress of the iPhone backup on your screen.

iPhone being backed up to your computer with AnyTrans for iOS

iPhone being backed up to your computer with AnyTrans for iOS

Step 5. When the backup is created, you will see AnyTrans shows “Backup Complete”.

Your iPhone backup has been created and saved on your computer. You may use the same app to restore the backup on your device if required.

The Bottom Line

As the iOS 13 update is around the corner, it is time you prepare your iPhone to install the upcoming update on your device. Making a backup of your iPhone is the first step of the preparation and our guide above shows how to do it using various ways.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.