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You can easily create a backup of an iOS device using Apple Configurator. Once you’ve created a backup, it can be restored onto a number of devices. This contains iOS data and data outside of the secure enclave. These backups allow you to restore an iOS device, add apps (not using the backup), set backgrounds, set app locations on the home screen, etc. To do so, open Apple Configurator and then click on the Prepare icon. Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.02.27 AM At the Prepare screen, click into the Restore field and then click on the Create Backup button. Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.02.31 AM At the pop-up menu, select the device you’re backing up (usually there’s only one) and then click on the Create Backup button. Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.02.41 AM Then choose the location you’d like to place the backup file. Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.04.14 AM Click Save and the backup starts. Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.04.30 AM Once the backup is complete, you will have an iosdevicebackup file in the location you saved the file to. This is stored on the iOS device and can then be restored to other devices.

August 15th, 2015

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  • Bummer that it doesn’t appear to support password-protected backups, preventing this from being a means of effective secondary backup for a user’s personal device.

    • krypted

      I’ve never minded that. Without data from apps and the secure enclave it never really needed to be password protected. Would be nice to image with a password in place for certain environments, but easily worked around. Definitely not meant to be a backup for a personal device though, since everything that it stores in a backup is easily recreated.

    • Mats Schwieger

      Is that still true for Apple Configurator 2?