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Most of us have personal and emotional attachment to the data on our iPhone. Most of the time it’s the picture that we do not want to delete or files that we have to email. However, there are still some iPhone users who do not back up their data on iCloud or iTunes. Well, if you want your data to be safe on your iPhone, then you might want to perform a backup before installing the latest iOS 10.3 update of Apple.

Why do you need a backup of your files?

The new iOS update, iOS 10.3, promises to deliver a host of new updates but one component could seriously disappoint users who do not perform a backup of their data and files before upgrading to the new operating system. The Cupertino-based smartphone maker has introduced a new file system to replace its predecessor, dubbed HFS+. HFS+ has not been replaced since 29 years.

The new iOS update will convert to the new Apple File System (APFS) automatically but if during the process, anything goes wrong, your old files could disappear (impossible to restore back) as the two file systems are not compatible. To be able to get back to the old version of iOS, you will have to reformat your drive, which will remove all the files on your smartphone. Thus, if you want to keep your files and other data safe, you should back up your data on iCloud and iTunes.

Yes, it does sound a little risky but the Apple File System vows to be a big improvement on the predecessor which the Silicon Valley giant has been using since its introduction in 1998. The new update will be best suited to modern computing demands, enabling strong encryption, optimization for solid state storage and more accurate time stamps.

New iOS could include many improvements

The new operating system, iOS 10.3, is expected to include several interesting features as well, like hidden keyboards for iPads, a Find My AirPods feature, and minor App Store improvements. In addition to this, APFS is tipped to be deployed across Apple TVs, smartwatches and computers.

What you need to do for backing up some data on iCloud is connect the device to a Wi-Fi network, tap settings and then tap iCloud. Next, you have to backup while ensuring that iCloud Backup is turned on. Do not disconnect your Wi-Fi network until the process is complete. The backup will appear in the detail with backup size and the time.

For backing up with iTunes, open iTunes and connect your device to your PC. Select your iPod, iPhone, or iPad when it appears in iTunes. Always encrypt your backup from your Apple Watch or iOS device if you want to save Health and Activity data. Now click back up.