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iTunes 10 for Mac: Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad

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Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad

When you connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to your computer, certain files and settings on your device are automatically backed up to your computer. You can restore this information to your device if you need to (if you get a new iPhone, for example, and want to transfer your previous settings to it).

Automatically backed-up information includes text messages, notes, call history, contact favorites, sound settings, widget settings, and more.

In addition, photos in Camera Roll (iPod touch 4th generation, iPhone, or iPad 2) or in Saved Photos (iPod touch 3rd generation or earlier, or iPad) are also backed up. Other media files (such as songs, videos, and some photos) aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.

iTunes can also encrypt your backups to secure your data. iPhone OS 3.0 or later and Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later are required for encrypted backups.

To back up or restore from a backup manually:

  1. Connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the computer you normally sync with.

  2. When your device appears in the iTunes window (below Devices), Control-click the device, and then select “Back up” or Restore From Backup.

To restore iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad files and settings:

  1. Connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the computer you normally sync with.

  2. When your device appears in the iTunes window (below Devices), select it.

  3. In the Summary pane, click Restore.

    If your backup is encrypted, iTunes asks you to enter the password before restoring your files and settings. Encrypted backups display a lock icon in the list of backups in iTunes Devices preferences.

To encrypt iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad backups:

  1. Connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to your computer.

  2. When your device appears in the iTunes window (below Devices), select it.

  3. In the Summary pane, select “Encrypt backups.”

  4. Type a password, and click Set Password.

For more information, see the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad User Guide or the Apple Support website.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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