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Backin' It Up, Gettin' It Back

Backin' It Up,Gettin' It Back
by Gary Woods

Last week I told you about getting my new iPhone 5S and this week I'll talk about moving all my stuff to the new phone. One of the big reasons I like Apple iOS devices is that if something happens and you have to get a new device you can bring that new device right back to where the old one was by restoring from backup.

But, all that backing up takes time and I spend a lot of hours every week doing manual backups of all our important files on all of our computers. On the iOS devices however I've gone to wireless iCloud Backup.

iCloud Backup is a great free service from Apple and basically all you do is turn it on and every time the device is hooked up to power and on WiFi it gets backed up. I still do a cable backup to the computer using iTunes about once a month but primarily I use iCloud.

When I got the new Phone I started it up and it asked about setting up a new phone or restoring from backup from iCloud. Sitting in the store I chose restore from backup and in a few minutes the phone pronounced the deed done. Right away I realized that while all my Contacts, Calendar Events, Notes and Email Settings were indeed there none of the programs, pictures, music and documents was present. Also missing was the way I'd arranged all those applications into nice neat little folders. I knew I could re-download all the programs and I wouldn't be charged again but this definitely wasn't what I bargained for.

I then realized that I needed to do a cable restore from the computer that I did the backup to. So, when I got home I fired up iTunes put in the cable and in a few minutes everything was back.

The moral of the story is obvious. Before you go down to get your new iPhone make sure and do a cable backup or you're going to be spending a lot of time waiting for all those applications to come on down.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc