With the new release of the iPhone 12 series, many of you may want to switch from an earlier iPhone model, like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, to the new iPhone 12. If so, it will be necessary for you to back up your old iPhone 6/6s before you sell it or give it to others. Even if you are not going to switch to another device, it's also a good habit to make an iPhone backup regularly to avoid data loss.
Given that, here I'd like to show you back up iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s in all possible ways. You can also apply these methods to make a backup of other iDevices like iPad and iPod.
If you prefer to back up your iPhone 6 to computer, then using iTunes should be your primary choice. iTunes is the official program from Apple and allows you to back up almost all data and settings on your iPhone, except the content you purchase or sync from Apple's programs or the files in iCloud. Besides, since iTunes stores your iPhone backup on a computer, you don't need to worry about storage issues in most cases.
Let's see how to back up iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s to iTunes:
Step 1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and wait for iTunes to launch automatically.
Step 2. Click the "Device" button in iTunes. (If you encounter the issue "iPhone not showing up on PC", check the related guide to see how to fix it.)
Step 3. Make sure the Summary tab is selected and click "Back Up Now" to start making an iPhone backup on the computer.
Step 4. If you also need to save Health and Activity data, check the "Encrypt iPhone backup" option, and create a password for your backup. Then click "Back Up Now". (DO NOT forget the passcode, or you will not be able to access the content in the backup again.)
After you back up your iPhone 6 to computer, you should know that, although you can access the iPhone backup location from your computer, you can't view the files in the backup as you do on your mobile device. What's more, you shouldn't relocate or edit the file, because doing so may corrupt the backup.
What you should do with the iPhone backup is to restore a device from the backup to transfer data to the device or retrieve lost data.
If you are looking to back up your iPhone 6 to a Mac running macOS Catalina and later, you should use Finder, which is quite similar to using iTunes.
In addition to iTunes, there are other tools that allow you to back up your iPhone 6/6s to a computer. The iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover is one of them.
EaseUS MobiMover works well as an iOS data transfer tool, iPhone backup software, as well as a video downloader. As an iOS backup tool, it enables you to back up your iPhone data to computer all at once. With it, you are able to back up your iPhone photos, videos, music, voice memos, contacts, messages, and more to your computer safely and quickly.
To back up iPhone 6 to computer:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7/8/10 with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen if asked. Run EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".
Step 2. All the supported categories are selected by default. Click "One-Click" backup to start backing up your iPhone to PC.
Step 3. Wait patiently until the backup process completes.
As you may have noticed, there is a video download feature in this tool. If you need to download videos from websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod. you can use it to get things done. For more details, refer to the guide on how to download YouTube videos to iPhone.
Another official way for you to back up your iPhone 6 is to use iCloud. Similar to iTunes, iCloud also enables you to back up almost everything on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. What's different is that iCloud saves your iPhone backup in cloud storage rather than your computer. Thus, if your iPhone backup exceeds the available cloud storage, you will fail to back up your iPhone to iCloud.
Besides, since iCloud only offers 5GB of space for free, you will need to buy extra storage if your iPhone data and settings are larger than 5GB.
To back up your iPhone 6 with iCloud:
Step 1. Make sure your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s in under a stable and reliable Wi-Fi connection.
Step 2. On your iOS device, go to "Settings" > [your name] and tap on "iCloud".
Step 3. Scroll down to choose "iCloud Backup" and toggle on the "iCloud Backup" option.
Step 4. Tap "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone 6 to iCloud.
To ensure you make the backup successfully, you'd better connect your device to a power supply.
Since iCloud stores your iPhone data in the cloud, you won't be able to access your iCloud backup as you do with iTunes backup. Instead, you can only restore a device from it.
In addition to desktop software, there are also mobile apps for iOS that allow you to back up your iOS device directly. Generally, such tools save your iPhone data to cloud storage. Thus, make sure you find a trustworthy tool to apply.
To sum up, both iTunes and iCloud will back up all your iPhone data and settings at once. If you want to back up iPhone content selectively, using EaseUS MobiMover is a better choice.
What's more, backing up an iPhone always takes a long time, depending on the size of your iPhone data. Thus, be patient while waiting for the data backup to finish.
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