What does "iPhone Not Backed Up" mean, and how can I fix it?

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iPhone Not Backed Up

This iPhone hasn't been backed up in X weeks. Backups happen when this iPhone is connected to power, locked and on Wi-Fi.

If you run into this problem, the cause is as it says: you need to keep your phone powered, locked and on wi-fi on a regular basis. Your iPhone will try to create a backup on a daily basis when these criteria are met, and if they're not it'll alert you with this error.

It's good that Apple alert you to this, as keeping an up-to-date backup of your iOS device is a good idea: if you lose or damage the device, or accidentally delete a file, you may not otherwise be able to get it back.

If regularly leaving your phone locked, on wi-fi and powered isn't easy for you, consider switching from iCloud backups to iTunes backups.

Backing up with iTunes is free, and has a number of benefits. We publish a short guide detailing the pros and cons, as well as how to do it.

About the author

Aidan Fitzpatrick founded Reincubate in 2008 after building the world's first iPhone data recovery tool, iPhone Backup Extractor. He's spoken at Google on entrepreneurship, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation's Leadership Academy.

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