In addition to iCloud backups, even temporary ones, another way to protect the information on our iPhone or iPad is to make the backup on the Mac. This system has some disadvantages, certainly, but it also has several advantages. One of them is archived backups.

A copy that will no longer be modified

Backups, both on iCloud and Mac, are made in such a way that new ones replace old ones. It is true that there is a certain margin, especially in iCloud, but it is really very small. In the end, what this system seeks is not to load our backup space.

In some cases, however, it is beneficial to be able to keep a specific copy. This can be, for example, before a certain system update or before the removal of a certain application. A copy that, despite successive and subsequent copies, will always remain intact. It’s not possible in iCloud, but it is on Mac, and it’s just what we call archives.

Archiving a backup in the Finder of our Mac is very simple, something we can do from macOS Catalina. The steps to follow are:

We connect our iPhone to the Mac using the cable. We open the Finder application. In the sidebar we select iPhone from [Nombre]. We tap on Manage backups. We then click on one of the copies made and choose Archive. We press OK.

It’s easy. Thanks to this system, the next backup that we make with the Mac of our iPhone will be saved as a new copy, without modifying the one that we have just archived. With this, even if we occupy a little more space on the disk, we will know that we will always have a specific copy in a specific state to return to.

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