iPhone, iPad, iPod touch are important devices in our daily lives. In case of malfunction, loss or theft, it is best to have a backup on hand. This is why enabling automatic backups allows you to stay calm without forcing yourself to think about it. Do you know the archived backup?
Difference between a backup and an archived backup
When you back up your devices, only the last one remains. Each backup overwrites the previous one. However, it is important to note that each device has its own backup. So, if you have 2 iPhone, 1 iPad and 3 iPod touch saved in the same place, you will have 6 different backups.
When you want to restore a backup, you can choose a backup between several backups. If this is the case, it is either that you have several devices, or that you have one or more archived backups.
A archived backup, will allow you to “block” a backup. By doing this, the selected backup, archived, will not be overwritten by the next one.
This has its pros and cons.
This is very useful if your iDevice is used for many tests, especially beta versions. Thanks to this, you can keep a large number of backups of your iPhone at different time. Do you risk making a potentially dangerous manipulation? Make an archived backup! Didn’t you realize that there has been a problem for several, days weeks (and therefore several backups) after? Your archived backup can get you out of this kind of problem (if you did it right before the malfunction).
There are 2 main drawbacks (the only 2 maybe?). This is only possible locally, with iTunes or the Finder. Unable to make an archived backup with iCloud. The second drawback is a question of storage space. The more archived backups you make, the more different your computer will need to store. This will irretrievably take up space on your hard drive.
Step 1: perform an archived backup
1.1. Make a simple backup
With the recent release of macOS Catalina and the disappearance of iTunes, we are going to talk about iTunes and the Finder. Indeed, those having passed on macOS Catalina will have to go through the Finder while those remaining under macOS Mojave, or earlier, and Windows will have to go through iTunes.
1.1.1. With the Finder, under macOS Catalina, without iTunes
126.96.36.199. Connect your iPhone to your Mac;
188.8.131.52. Open the Finder;
184.108.40.206. Find your iPhone in Pitches, in the sidebar;
220.127.116.11. If this is the first time you’ve plugged this device into this Mac, you’ll need to click To trust in the Finder and trust the computer on your iPhone;
18.104.22.168. Stay in the tab General ;
22.214.171.124. Tick This computer and Encrypt local backup in Backups ;
126.96.36.199. (optional) You can always check different functionalities, in Options, such as allowing backups as soon as your device is connected or even over Wi-Fi;
188.8.131.52. Click on Save now.
1.1.2. With iTunes
184.108.40.206. Connect your iPhone to your computer;
220.127.116.11. Open iTunes;
18.104.22.168. Go to the page summary from your iPhone;
22.214.171.124. Tick This computer and Encrypt local backup in Backups and its subcategory Save automatically ;
126.96.36.199. (optional) You can always check different functionalities, in Options, such as allowing backups as soon as your device is connected or even over Wi-Fi;
188.8.131.52. In Back up and restore manually (always a sub-category of Backups), click on Save now.
1.2. Archive this backup
Now that you’ve made at least one backup, let’s see how to archive it.
1.2.1. With the Finder, under macOS Catalina
184.108.40.206. Connect your iPhone to your Mac;
220.127.116.11. Click on Manage backups in Backups ;
18.104.22.168. Select a backup then right click then Archive.
1.2.2. With iTunes, only on macOS
22.214.171.124. Click on iTunes > Preferences ;
126.96.36.199. Go to the tab Devices ;
188.8.131.52. Right click on a backup then Archive.
Good to know: it is not necessary to have the device connected to perform these actions in iTunes.
Step 2: recognize the backups between them
Each backup has the name of the device. If all of your devices have different names, it’s pretty easy to navigate. However, apart from that you can decide that your 6 devices are called the same, there may be a problem. When you buy a new device and restore it from a backup, this new phone will automatically have the same name as the iPhone from the backup. And it is very likely that you will keep this name.
So, there will be 2 backups, since they will indeed be 2 different devices, with the same name.
To overcome this possibility, you can hover over (without clicking) a backup. You will then have all the information concerning your iPhone, thus avoiding you making the wrong backups.
Also note that the right column tells you the date and time of the backup. When a backup is archived, the time and date of the archive are shown next to the device name in the left column.
Step 3: delete an archived or unarchived backup
You can at any time decide to delete a backup, archived or not. This is the only way to delete an archived backup.
3.1. With the Finder, under macOS Catalina
3.1.1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac;
3.1.2. Open the Finder;
3.1.3. In Pitches, click on the name of your iPhone then Manage backups ;
3.1.4. Select a backup and click Delete backup (you can also right click> Remove);
3.1.5. Confirm by clicking again on Remove.
3.2. With iTunes
3.2.1. Open iTunes;
3.2.2. Click iTunes> Preferences ;
3.2.3. Go to the tab Devices ;
3.2.4. Select a backup and click Delete backup (you can also right click> Remove);
3.2.5. Confirm your choice by clicking again on Remove.
This is also how you can Show in Finder and thus find the backups in your Finder. You will not be able to use much of this information, except if you want to make a backup copy elsewhere. You must not neither delete, rename, nor move anything so that this backup continues to be recognized and allow restores.
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