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 activating automatic backups allows you to remain calm without forcing yourself to think about it. Do you know the archive backup?
Difference between a backup and an archive backup
When you make backups of your devices, only the last one remains. Each backup overwrites the previous one. However, it is important to specify 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 archive backups.
A backup archive, will block a backup. By doing this, the selected backup, archived, will not be overwritten by the next one.
This has its advantages and disadvantages.
This is very practical if your iDevice is used for many tests, especially for beta versions. Thanks to this, you can keep a lot of backups of your iPhone at different time. Do you risk making a potentially dangerous manipulation? Make an archive backup! Did you not 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 (perhaps the only 2?). This is only possible locally, with iTunes or the Finder. Unable to make an archive backup with iCloud. The second drawback is a question of storage space. The more archive backups you make, the more different your computer will need to store. This will definitely take up space on your hard drive.
step 1: perform an archive backup
1.1. Make a simple backup
With the recent release of macOS Catalina and the disappearance of diTunes, we are going to talk about diTunes and the Finder. Indeed, those who have been on macOS Catalina for so long will have to go through the Finder while those who have stayed with 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 plug this device into this Mac, you will need to click To trust in Finder and trust the computer on your iPhone;
18.104.22.168. Stay in 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 features, 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 features, 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 have 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 longlet 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 find your way around. However, other than 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 backup phone. And it is very likely that you will keep this name.
Thus, there will therefore 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 saving you from 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 listed next to the device name in the left column.
step 3: delete an archive backup or not
You can at any time decide to delete a backup, archive or not. This is the only way to delete an archive 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 on 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 on iTunes> Preferences ;
3.2.3. Go longlet Devices ;
3.2.4. Select a backup and click on 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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