One of the most stressful things about something happening to your phone is losing data. Those photos you just took of your newborn, a family reunion, or even that perfect vacation you just got back from, often only exist in one place. Your iPhone. If iCloud is turned on, copies are saved on Apple’s servers, and your other Apple devices might also be able to access that photo stream. But what if it’s turned off? Not only did your phone just fall into a lake, but all those memories might be destroyed along with it! When it comes down to it, an iPhone is replaceable, but your data isn’t.
Take a moment and check your phone now to see when the last back up was. Even if iCloud is turned on, you may need extra storage to actually complete a backup. You get 5GB of iCloud storage for free from Apple, but iPhones have 16-128 GBs of storage! For $0.99 a month you can increase that storage capacity to 50GB, which will be sufficient for most users.
But what if you don’t want to use iCloud, or pay for extra storage? It takes more discipline, but you can back up your data manually through your computer using iTunes. Or if you just want to back up your photos, you can plug your phone into your computer and transfer just the photos off of it. Just remember to do this immediately after taking any photos that are important to you!
Even if you decide to do manual backups, remember you can still turn on iCloud syncing for your contacts and photos, so most of your important data will be preserved even without a backup.
To learn more about backing up your iPhone or iPad, visit this Apple webpage for more in depth descriptions of each method.