If you’re planning to upgrade your Mac or i OS device with Apple’s newest software, you should make it a point to back up before you install anything new.

The new releases were announced in June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, which gathers thousands of Apple developers from around the world each year.

Very handy (as long as the app developer has allowed access! I use it to back up specific things that would otherwise be lost in a general back-up.

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If the update fails, click the "Restore" button in the Summary tab, then select your i Tunes backup when prompted.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published over the summer as a guideline for those dabbling with Apple’s public betas.

It’s been updated to reflect the upcoming release of the new Mac and i OS versions.

Although this is somewhat of a beginner’s guide, more people switch to i OS every day; our goal is to help everyone learn how to use their i OS devices and to be as proficient with using i OS as you are!

Those of you who have been jailbreaking your i OS devices for years are probably familiar with a similar restore function in i Tunes known as DFU Mode, although because downgrades are no longer possible with the latest i OS devices, DFU Mode now has far fewer uses.

Schedule your backups for every evening, or weekly after 6pm; it's up to you. Unlike i Tunes, i Mazing lets you browse your backed up data.

You can also save to an external drive or a NAS drive.

It can still be used to restore a panicky device, but because you can’t downgrade Apple’s latest devices, you might as well use Recovery Mode instead until a new way to downgrade i OS firmware is discovered.