How to make a full backup of your phone

Smartphone backup

One of the subjects that should be required in schools, especially now in which most of the information is digital, should be Backups. Backup is what we have always thought to do but that for different reasons, many users do not do and deeply regret when they lose their data.

Many of us use our mobile phones on a daily basis for practically everything, whether it is to check bank accounts, send an email, scan a document, check social networks, the weather ... This is due to the fact that both technology and operating systems have evolved with this objective. For all this and more, it is very important make backup copies of our mobile regularly.

The photographs and videos that we take with our terminal are also something equal or more valuable than the extra content that we may have on our devices. We cannot forget WhatsApp, the most used messaging application not only around the world, but also lthe most used application on practically any mobile device.

Both iOS and Android allow us to make complete backup copies of our terminal, so that if it is lost, stolen or stops working, we can restore all data to any other terminal. We can also choose, to make the process faster, to make backup copies only of the information that interests us the most, and which is probably related to images and videos.

How to backup on Android


Backup WhatsApp Android

WhatsApp. Google reached an agreement with WhatsApp so that users can keep a backup of WhatsApp on Google serversIf the space it occupies is subtracted from what we have available (15 GB). To establish how often we want to make a backup copy of all the content stored in WhatsApp, we must access the Settings> Chats> Backup. The available options are: daily, weekly and monthly. The copying process will always be done at night when the terminal is charging.

Contacts and calendar

In order to use an Android smartphone, it is necessary, yes or yes, a Gmail account. Through this Gmail account, we will always have a copy of both the contacts in our terminal and the appointments in our agenda, in addition to obviously the emails, since these are always stored on Google servers and not on our terminal. Because of this, it is not necessary to make an additional backup of either the contacts or the calendar, since every change we make in our terminal, it will be automatically reflected in our Gmail account.

Photographs and videos

Google Photos

Now it's up to the photographs. Google Photos is the best free option that today allows us to make an automatic backup of all the photos and videos that we take with our mobile device. This free service from Google saves a high-quality copy (not the original quality) of all our images and videos when connected to a WiFi network, so it is not necessary to make a periodic additional copy unless we want to keep the original quality (the difference is hardly noticeable). This application is included natively in Android.

Backup of the entire device

Backup Android

Now that you are clear about how the operating system itself and the applications work on Android, you should assess whether it really pays to lose the time necessary to make a backup. If you don't want to complicate your life and you prefer back up directly from your deviceHere are the steps to follow:

  • First, we access the Settings of our device and look for the menu Google.
  • Next, we look for the option Make backup.
  • Finally, we just have to turn on the Backup to Google Drive switch and select in which account we want to store the data of our terminal. These data are:
    • Applications and application data.
    • Call History
    • Contacts
    • Device settings (including Wi-Fi passwords and permissions)
    • SMS

Restore entire device backup

Restore a backup that we have previously made on Android in our new terminal, we just have to select this option when we start our smartphone terminal, since from the Android configuration options, we do not have that option, it only allows us to make backup copies, not restore them.

How to backup on iOS

Apple iCloud

When it comes to making backups on iOS, we have two options, unlike Android. On the one hand, if we have contracted space in iCloud, we can back up the entire terminal in the Apple cloud. If we only have the 5 GB that it offers us for free, we can store a copy, synchronized at all times, of our calendar, contacts, tasks, Wi-Fi passwords, notes, messages, Safari bookmarks, Home, Health, Wallet, Game Center and Siri.

Contacts and calendar

The 5 GB of space that Apple offers us just for using one of its devices is more than enough to store a backup copy of all our contacts and the complete calendar, so we must have both tabs activated within the iCloud options.

Photographs and videos

If we have contracted space in iCloud, all the photos and videos that we take on our device, are automatically uploaded to the Apple cloud in its original resolution. If we do not have contracted storage space in the cloud (the free 5 GB goes for very little), the best option to always have a copy of that content is to use Google Photos.

Google Photos, like Android version, automatically upload a high-quality copy of all the photographs and videos that we take on our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, so it is not necessary to make an additional copy unless we want to keep them in their original resolution.


Backup on WhatsApp It is limited to the storage space we have in iCloud. If the space we have is limited, we must configure WhatsApp so that the backup it makes does not include photos or videos, since otherwise the backup will not be made and we will not be able to restore any of the conversations we have nowadays.

Backup of the entire device

From the iPhone

Backup iPhone to iCloud

To be able to make a backup from the iPhone itself, the only option is to have storage space to the cloud. If this is your case, you must perform the following steps:

  • We access Settings
  • Within Settings, click on iCloud.
  • Finally, we look for the option ICloud copy and we activated the switch.

For, restore backup, we just have to specify it when we first start the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch where we want to restore all the data that we have stored in the iCloud backup.

From a PC with Windows / macOS 10.14

Back up iPhone with iTunes

If we do not have space in iCloud and we do not plan to hire it, we can make a backup copy of our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on our computer. The process to back up on a Mac, depends on the version of the operating systemAs with macOS 10.15, Apple removed iTunes from the system.

If your computer is managed by Windows or macOS 10.14 or lower, we will use iTunes to make the backup. Once we have opened iTunes, we must connect our device and click on the icon that represents them that is shown in the application.

Next, in the left column, click on Your Order and on the right side, we mark the box This computerWithin Backups. To start the backup, we must press the button Make a copy now.

From a Mac with macOS 10.15 or higher

Back up iPhone with iTunes

With macOS 10.15, iTunes is no longer an application within the ecosystem, however, we can still continue to make a backup of our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. We just have to connect our device to the Mac and open the Finder, selecting the device we want to make the backup of.

In the right part of the Finder, practically the same options that iTunes offered us will be shown. We just have to go to Backups and check the box Save a backup of all iPhone data on this Mac. Finally, we have to click on Back up now to start the process.

The process to perform the backup on both Mac and Windows will take depending on the amount of data that our terminal has. Unlike the backup we can do on Android, the one we do on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch saves each and every one of the data available at that moment in the device, including images and videos, regardless of whether we use Google Photos to keep a copy of our photos and videos in the Google cloud.

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