2 Free Ways to Backup iPhone and iPad before Updating to iOS 11

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Daisy Updated on Jun 15, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

At the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, Apple announced its all-new mobile operating system - iOS 11. This major update to iOS is so much more than an iterative update that enhanced part of the performance and brought small optimization. On the contrary, Apple has added many biggest changes to iOS 11 that makes iPhone and iPad more useful and powerful than ever. In case you've forgotten, here's a brief summary of iOS 11 key features:

  • An improved keyboard for iPad
  • Better Drag-and-Drop
  • Select multiple files at once
  • A redesigned APP Store
  • Customizable Control Center
  • A bigger Dock

If you own an iPhone or iPad, after the WWDC you realized how convenience the new OS can help your daily life. Certainly, you can't wait to update to the latest version of OS and enjoy all the new features. But you still have to be careful before doing so. Since we save all our memorable photos, videos, documents and important data on our iDevice, update to iOS 11 would possibly cause data loss and we can hardly get them all back. So before updating to iOS 11, you need to backup iPhone and iPad or simply transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC. Here are 2 ways to backup iPhone and iPad before updating to iOS 11. 

Backup iPhone and iPad with EaseUS MobiMover Free

Before updating to iOS 11, you'd better backup all important data including photos, contacts, messages, notes, etc to a safe place. EaseUS MobiMover Free is a totally free tool that can help you finish the job. Follow the tutorial and just a few clicks, all your data will be safely saved on your computer.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your device screen when a pop-up asks to trust this computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main screen. 

MobiMover mainscreen

Step 2: Click the Folder icon or the computer icon to set the location for backing up iPhone data. Or you can directly click Next and let MobiMover save the backup files at a desktop folder. 

set the location for backing up iPhone data

Step 3: You can back up the whole iPhone/iPad data at one time. Or uncheck Select all and keep the categories you'd like to transfer.

data loading screen

Step 4: Click Transfer and MobiMover will start to back up your iPhone/iPad to the computer. When it's completed, you can click View to check the items. If the exported data is saved as a .html file on your computer, thus you need to open it with a browser to view the details.

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Use iCloud to backup iPhone and iPad

iCloud is an official service provided by Apple. Apple provides its users a free but limited online room, to be specific, all users can freely use a 5 GB online space to back up their photos, videos, call history, App data and more.

When there is no available computer at hand, you can use iCloud to backup iPhone and iPad before updating to iOS 11 and even sync contacts from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Unlock iPhone and go to Settings>[your name]>iCloud>iCloud backup.

Step 2. Enable the option iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Tap Back Up Now to backup your iPhone or iPad before updating to iOS 11.

After the backup process, you can manage your backup details at Settings>[your name]>iCloud>iCloud Storage>Manage Storage.

use iCloud to backup iPhone and iPad

iOS 11 is the most advanced operating system, but an update to iOS 11 without backup could sometimes lead to disaster. Follow this tutorial and backup iPhone and iPad before updating to iOS 11, make sure all the data is safe and enjoy the new features of the great OS.