I Ignored This Simple iPhone Message All the Time, and It Cost Me 4+ Hours in the Store

POPSUGAR Photography | Caitlin Gallagher
POPSUGAR Photography | Caitlin Gallagher

A few weeks ago, my husband and I ventured to our nearby phone store to get new iPhones. We were due for an upgrade and were both easily sold on the iPhone X — me for the amazing camera capabilities, and my husband for game storage. But while his transition from his old phone to a new one only took about 20 minutes, mine took over four hours. Why? Because I never backed up my phone. Ever. And they couldn't transfer all of my data from my old phone to my new one without it being backed up.

Throughout my years as an iPhone user, I've gotten pretty used to ignoring one particularly annoying message that popped up frequently: "iPhone Not Backed Up." I always hit "OK" and forgot about it because it was something I didn't want to deal with or thought I didn't need to do. And the few times I did try to back up my phone, it gave me an error message, so I just stopped trying.

Well, fast-forward to the very annoyed saleswoman who knew she would have to sit there for four hours while my phone backed itself up from who knows how long, and I knew I made a mistake. And the worst part about it is that it's such an easy fix! To make sure you don't continually get that annoying message and ensure your phone backs itself up automatically and frequently, all you have to do is click a button.

Go into Settings, click on your name at the top, and click on "iCloud." Scroll down to "iCloud Backup" and turn it on. Turning this on will have your phone automatically back up data such as your photo library, documents, accounts, etc., when your phone is connected to a power source, locked, and connected to WiFi. And that's it. It's that simple! If I had just turned that on a long time ago, I would have been out of the store in 20 minutes, but instead I sat there for four hours on a Saturday. So, please learn from my silly mistake.