4 Ways to Backup iPhone iPad Photos and Videos Safely
If you have an iPhone, especially the latest one, you are probably using it to take a lot of photos and videos. The iPhone cameras are exceptional and are much more convenient to remove than a giant SLR camera. At least it’s for me.
And if you’ve read anything online, you’ve probably heard of Wired Writer Mat Honan who got hacked and his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro got completely erased by hackers and he lost all his precious photos and videos of his daughter because he didn’t. a security copy.
I quickly realized after reading this article that if someone erased my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro, they would lose a lot of very important data. I regularly backup with Time Machine and have iCloud backup enabled on my iPhone and iPad, but since my data is fragmented everywhere, I would still lose a lot.
This allowed me to browse all my photos, videos, and settings on my devices and make sure that all current content was backed up externally and that all new videos and photos taken on my iPhone were backed up automatically. In this article, I will tell you what I did to properly backup all data on my iPhone / iPad / MacBook including photos and videos.
Method 1 – iTunes / iCloud
The easiest way to backup everything is to use iCloud or iTunes. Open iTunes, connect your device, then right click on it and choose Back:
This will manually backup your device to iTunes on the local computer. Note that if iCloud backup is enabled, you can still do a local backup of your device using this method. I also recommend backing up to iTunes as I tried restoring an iCloud backup before and it didn’t work. iCloud is fine, but it is the cloud, and the cloud can sometimes act temperamental.
Also, make sure to encrypt the backup when doing a local backup as this will back up other safe data as well.
To enable iCloud backup, go to configurations on your device, tap your name, and then tap iCloud then press ICloud Backup down.
Turn it on and then let the device back up on its own or you can manually back up to iCloud if you don’t want to wait. Make sure your device is connected to a power source and WiFi before starting the backup.
The only thing about backing up your devices this way is that if you delete a single video, for example, and you want to restore it, then you need to do a full device restore. Now, it’s great if your device is completely erased, then you can restore everything from the backup and it will have all your photos and videos along with everything else.
However, the best option is also to activate iCloud Photo Library (Method 2 below), which is much more convenient for managing your photos and videos. Note that you should also keep iCloud backup turned on.
Method 2 – iCloud Photo Library
If you take photos and videos almost exclusively from your Apple devices, the iCloud Photo Library is definitely worth using. By default, Apple is super stingy and only gives you 5GB of free iCloud storage. This is not enough if you are using your iPhone as your primary camera.
Fortunately, iCloud is not very expensive. For $ 1 per month you get 50GB of storage and for $ 3 per month you get 200GB of storage. After that, it just upgrades to 2TB for $ 10 per month, which is a huge amount of space.
To activate iCloud Photo Library, go to settings, tap your name, tap iCloud then press Photos.
Go ahead, turn it on, make sure you check Optimize iPhone storage unless you have a lot of space on your device to store all those media.
Now any device that is signed in with your iCloud ID will be able to see all the videos and photos. This is great if you have a Mac, where you can also use the Photos app in conjunction with the iCloud Photo Library.
Method 3 – App Photos
As mentioned, the Photos app is a great tool for managing your library if you already have a Mac. The Photos app is useful for people who still want to take better quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera, but also want to be able to see it all. in your iCloud Photo Library.
You can set it up so that every time you connect your device to your Mac, it automatically imports all the photos and videos. After importing, you can choose to keep them on the device or delete them. If iCloud Photo Library is turned on, all imported media will be downloaded and visible on all your devices.
To activate iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, click Photos in the menu bar and then click preferences.
You have similar options on your Mac and iPhone: Download the originals or Optimize Mac storage. If you have a large hard drive and can accommodate your entire iCloud Photo Library on your local hard drive, I recommend that you choose Download the originals to this Mac. If there are any issues with iCloud, you will have a full backup of everything on your local device.
The only thing I don’t like about the Photos app is that everything is stored in Apple’s proprietary format and is not accessible to any other app. I loved using Google Picasa, but it hasn’t been updated in years.
Method 4: Google Photos / Cloud Storage
The last method and the one I use the most is to backup to Google Photos. You can download the Google Photos apps for iPhone and iPad and automatically download your photos and videos. Personally, I use both Google Photos and iCloud to create two copies of all my photos and videos. It may sound exaggerated, but I’m too paranoid.
In Google Photos, tap the three horizontal lines, then tap the gear icon. Go ahead Backup and sync and turn it on. Then it will start syncing everything in your iCloud Photo Library with Google Photos. If you already have a large amount of media in your photo library, Google Photos will sync the entire photo library.
The big problem with this is that it will force your device to redownload all the content from iCloud so that you can upload it to Google Photos. This means that your device will run out of space for a while until the download is complete.
It’s really annoying, especially the first time, but it has served me well on several occasions. I took some videos and on the same day they were deleted by my iPhone loving daughter! This is why I make sure to have a backup in multiple places just in case.
The other main reason I am backing up to Google Photos is because it is linked to Google Drive. With Google Drive, you can sync your entire photo library with another computer or even a network device like a NAS. iCloud also has Windows Program to sync everything on a PC, but I’m not a big fan of how it works.
Besides Google Photos, you can really use any cloud service you want. Dropbox, OneDrive, and other cloud services work the same way, so if you’re already linked to a service, keep using it. What method do you use to backup your iPhone / iPad photos and videos? Let us know in the comments. Enjoy!