iPhone Backup 101
I’m a mobile warrior and the father of an 8 month old daughter so my iPhone data is literally priceless. I don’t take chances. You could take my phone and toss it into the river right now and I wouldn’t lose a thing.
Would you like that peace of mind?
Here’s how I backup up everything.
Backup Contacts and Calendar
The key to preserving this critical info is having a copy of your calendar and contacts in the cloud that the iPhone syncs automatically.
The best way I’ve found is synching my Gmail account.
- Open Settings, go to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
- Add accounts, select Microsoft Exchange
- Enter your gmail address in the email & username field, then your password
- When the certificate verification dialog pops up click cancel and enter m.google.com as the server name.
- Select all 3 services to sync, Mail, Contacts, Calendars
Google has detailed instructions and screenshots if you need more help. Note that Exchange only allows one calendar sync so if you use multiple google calendars in follow these instructions. Oh and here are the instructions for yahoo.
My wife and I have taken just shy of 1000 photos since on our iPhones since my baby girl arrived last Aug. These are solitary moments and that photo is a treasure to us. Here’s how I make sure I don’t lose it.
- To the Cloud: PixelPipe – This is a brilliant app that allows you to upload photos to a variety of services. My 2 defaults are flickr and dropbox. I don’t wait untill I get home and sync I upload the photos within minutes of taking them. *Tip – Set up your “pipes” to services at Pixelpipe.com, it’s fast and easy.
- To the Computer: Picasa – Google’s excellent photo manager is the perfect way to import photos from the iPhone via USB. It detects which photos I’ve already copied so I know exactly where to begin and it shows me previews so I can choose only the ones I want.
- To the Cloud: Setup a YouTube account and it’s one click to upload the video.
- To the Computer: See Picasa above, videos works the same way.
the Apple Way
Before my mac friends have a coronary… Yes, Apple offers a service to do this called MobileMe. It’s $99 a year. I’ve never used it and personally my data is already in Google.
I’d love to hear how you backup your phone so share your solution below or if you have questions just leave them in the comments.