Welcome again to another daily guide on Brumpost’s #BPHack. Today, we’ll be learning how to simply use the Finder that comes with the MacOS 10.15 Catalina to backup and restore the iOS without using the iTunes software on a connected iPhone or the iPad.
This process is simple and straightforward making it relatively simple and easy for anyone interested to dive in without any hiccup…okay no more self appraisal. Let’s dive into it shall we?
Step 1: The number one thing is to connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac computer using the USB cable that works for both devices. There will certainly be a request for permission which you will grant on your mobile device or you can just trust the computer by entering your passcode just in case the Mac computer is yours and don’t want to be granting permission every time you pull off the USB cable.
Step 2: The next thing to do is to launch the Finder application on the Mac computer. Then the iPhone/iPad will be listed at the sidebar. Select the device to get information and more option for your device.
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NOTE: This is a good time to actually choose the ‘Back Up Now‘ option to go through the process of creating a backup. You can also use iCloud Backup to create a backup just as long as you are sure that you have your information secure.
Step 3: Assuming you did performed a backup above (which you should) then you can use the “Manage BackUps” button to ensure that the backup is actually saved correctly with the day’s date on the backup.
Step 4: But just in case you’re planning to restore the created backup, then you can turn off Find My iPhone on your mobile device by going to the iPhone/iPad’s Settings > iCloud and then turn off the feature.
Step 5: After the Find My iPhone feature’s been turned off, then head back to your Mac’s Finder and then ensure that your device’s name is still selected to then choose the Restore iPhone/iPad button. Do note that this will restore your iPhone/iPad with the latest version of the iOS or iPadOS. But if in any way you want to restore or downgrade to a very specific version of iOS or iPadOS, then you will need to have the IPSW file and do a manual restore.
Step 6: Now, you will need to let the process complete, which doesn’t actually require much, if any, interaction from you. Just ensure that your device isn’t disconnected from the Mac.
Step 7: Once complete, the Finder instance will tell you and give you confirmation of a successful restore.
Step 8: What you do next after being given an option within the Finder to either set the device up as a new device or restore it from backup is left to you. But let’s assume you performed a backup, then you will be able to select that option and choose the requisite backup from the drop-down menu. Select Continue.
And that’s all about using the MacOS Catalina Finder to Backup and Restore your iPhone/iPad to the latest iOS/iPadOS! You shall be left with a restored device running your latest backup information!
There are many reasons you might want to do this which includes upgrading your iOS to the latest version or just a simple backup/restore routine you do to keep your data safe from wrong hands in case anything happens to your mobile device.