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Click on your iPhone in the Finder and you will see information about your iPhone on the screen
Summary including software version, storage, music and more – similar to the interface found on iTunes During Backups you have two options to back up your device:
Back up your most important data on your iPhone to iCloud : A backup of what Apple considers "most important" including application data, device settings, messages, photos, and more.
Back up all data on your iPhone to this Mac : A backup of everything on your device, including music and videos that have not been purchased or downloaded fr other than Apple Music and other items not uploaded to your iCloud. This is a good option if you do not have a lot of iCloud storage, or if you want to archive a backup when connecting to a beta.
Step 3: Encrypt your local backups (optional)
If you want to encrypt your local iPhone backup to your Mac, you can check the box next to "Encrypt local backup "before backing up your device. This not only protects your valuable backups, it also allows you to save your passwords so that you do not have to enter them again when you
reset your apps, data and settings. It also stores your personal health and activity data.
As soon as you click on the encryption option, a small window will appear in the Finder asking you to enter and verify a password for your backup. When you are done, click "Set Password" and all your future local backups will be password protected, which means that you must enter that password when you restore your device from one of these backups. If you want a new password, click "Change Password" and enter a new code.
Step 4: Back up iPhone
When your backup type is selected and encryption is enabled (if desired), click "Back up now" for to back up your device. If your backup is encrypted, you may be asked to enter your password on your iPhone to start the backup.
It won't be particularly noticeable that you are backing up your device, but you know that it works with the icon next to your iPhone name in Finder: first half circles rotating around each other (processing) and then a circle that fills up (backup). When the circle is filled and the date and time of the last backup has been updated on the screen
Summary your backup is ready.
If you want to simplify the backup of your iPhone, you can enable a feature so that your iPhone automatically backs up every time you connect your device to your Mac. To do this, scroll down to the bottom of the screen
Summary and click the "Automatically sync automatically when this iPhone is connected" option.
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You can free up storage space on your Mac by removing old or duplicate backups. To do this in Finder, just click" Manage backups. "A window with all your backups is displayed with the device name and date and time it was backed up. If you see a lock icon next to a backup, it means it is archived (more on that in the next step). a backup, click the backup, then "Delete Backup" and then "Delete" in the popup that appears.
Step 6: Archive Backups (Optional)
By default, Finder retains ba get a single backup of your iPhone on your Mac, in most cases. When you create a new backup, it is overwritten earlier, but you can change the backup setting to keep it archived on your computer if you ever want to
restore your device with an older backup.
I click "Manage Backups" and right-click a backup on the Finder Summary screen for your device. A menu with some options is displayed – click "File" to lock the backup and make it overwritten with future backups. A lock icon next to the backup name means that the backup is archived.
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