Every time we back up our iOS devices, we are saving those settings and apps as a backup. These are useful in case something should go horribly wrong. However, let’s pretend that right now your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is set up perfectly. Everything is just the way you want it, and you really don’t want it messed with. You can archive that backup. This will tell iTunes to use that backup instead of defaulting to the latest one.
Set Your iOS Backup in iTunes
It’s very easy to set this up. First, just launch iTunes on your Mac or PC and go to the Preferences.
Next select the devices tab. After that, right-click and select archive for the backup you want to keep. Make sure you’re selecting the most recent one that you want to always have archived when you back up in the future.
Now, when you perform a backup, you will have a new backup, but you will have an archive of the one you would like to restore to in case the need should arise. This will save you a lot of time in having to reconfigure you device after restoring it from a back up.
If things get really bad, you might be able to restore your iPhone or iPad to factory defaults, then restore your archived backups. Let us know if you’ve ever had to do this and your experience!