How to Backup Your iPhone and iPad

iOS 7, the latest and greatest mobile operating system from Apple, will be available to install tomorrow. Take some time today to backup your device just as a precaution in the unlikely case that something goes wrong.

Use these steps to manually back up your iOS device using iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
  2. Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up.

Or

  1. Connect your  iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
  2. Open the iOS device’s Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:
    • Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)
    • From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
  3. Click the Back Up Now button.

To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

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