June 17, 2021

When it comes to backing up data, many of us are meticulous in ensuring that all of our memories, photos, videos and files are safely saved in multiple places so that there is no chance that we lose them. With iPhones and iPads now being used in many areas of our day, they are filling up with data faster and faster. 

To back up your iPhone or iPad, there are two options. The most common is an iCloud back up which can be set as an automatic process that uploads your data to the cloud and encrypts it, allowing you to access it anywhere online through the iCloud website. The second option is to back up directly to your computer or Mac. This option is a little more time consuming as you have to connect your device to your computer, however this encryption free. Both of these methods of backing up your data are reliable and safe. 

In this article we will be taking you through the steps to back up your iPad or iPhone to a Mac that is running macOS Catalina or later where iTunes is not available. 


Backing up your iPhone or iPad:

With the release of macOS Catalina in 2019, Apple made the move to get rid of iTunes where all back ups and syncing were originally processed through. Although not immediately noticeable, Apple have moved these functions to the Finder on your Mac. Because of this, you can choose media sync settings, manage iCloud and local backups, and restore or update your iOS device without even opening another application on your Mac. 

Through keeping a back up of your data on your local computer, it ensures that if you were ever to lose your iPad or iPhone, you will be able to restore all of your data back onto a new device. With iCloud, you can only back up a selection of different files and data. 

Backing up your device to a Mac takes a few extra steps, but it is still easy enough! 


How to back up your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Plug in your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, preferably using an official Apple cable
  2. Open your Mac's Finder window by tapping the Finder icon on your app dock
  3. Your device should appear in the sidebar which will display the name of your iPhone or iPad
  4. If you have never connected your device to your Mac before, you will need to select Trust in the finder window
  5. Tap Trust on your iPhone also, before inserting your passcode to confirm
  6. In the General tab, select 'Back up all of the data on your iPhone/iPad to this Mac'
  7. Tap 'Back up now' at the bottom of the General page
  8. Let your computer complete the rest of the process and eject when done


If you have any issues connecting your device to your computer or any issues with the back up process, feel free to get in touch with us and someone from our friendly team will be happy to help! 


Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: support@dextech.co.nz. Do not hesitate to reach out! 


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