It’s likely that Apple will release iOS 10.3 by the end of March, which includes a new filing system that can delete valuable data on your iPhone. The best defense is to do the same what you should always do before upgrading your device: back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 10.3.
The file losses trigged by iOS 10.3 result from the debut of new Apple File System (APFS), which was first introduced in the Sierra 10.12 beta. It is specially intended to replace 29-year-old HFS+ file system. Apart from this, as per iOS 10.3’s developer documentation, Apple will let developers respond to App store reviews for iOS as well as Mac apps.
The filing system APFS is incompatible, which is why you can lose your important files. So, you’ll need to back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 10.3, if you don’t do so on a regular basis. Here’s how to back up your iPhone data:
Back Up iPhone Data Before Upgrading to iOS 10.3
There’re two ways to back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 10.3: Back it up to iTunes or back it up to the cloud via iCloud. We’ll explain you both methods one by one. Let’s have a look:
1. Back up to iTunes
1. First of all, connect your iPhone to your PC via USB sync cable
2. Open iTunes on your computer and select the device you want to back up. On the ensuing screen, select Back Up Now option
You may also enable encryption for this backup, which will store all your ‘keychain’ info. This comes handy when you need to restore your iPhone data. Just tick the checkbox next to the Encrypt iPhone Backup before hitting the above-mentioned step 2. Also, don’t forget to note the password you’re using for the encrypted backup.
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2. Back Up to iCloud
1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network as iCloud gives you access to your backups from anywhere as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection
2. Tap on the Settings > iCloud option to back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 10.3
3. Toggle the switch next to the iCloud Backup option to the right. Afterward, tap on Back Up Now button. Depending on how much time has passed since the last backup, the backing up process may happen quickly or it may take hours to complete
You can verify that the iPhone data backup completed successfully by navigating to the Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then selecting your iPhone. Here, you’ll see all the details of the backup, including size and time
Once you backed up your iPhone data safely, you can go forth and install iOS 10. So, which method you’re going to use to back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 10.3? Let us know in the comments below.