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The vacation is almost over, and some can barely wait to hit the road (or the air) with family or friends. Regardless of whether you are already used to getting away from home or if you are a first-time user, it is good to understand that you have a powerful tool at hand for a variety of situations (good or bad): the iPhone.

No one, of course, wants to have trouble at leisure, but it is impossible to prevent them from happening. So it is always good to have something to turn to when the situation gets tight; With this in mind, here are some tips on how to prepare your iPhone for a trip.


Are you going to travel? Back up your iPhone. Aren't you going to travel? Back up your iPhone. 😛

Backup is the kind of thing that never hurts – losing all your information (especially nowadays) can be, say, counterproductive. So the first step is to save your data somewhere, either on iCloud or locally on Mac.

To back up to iCloud, simply enable the “iCloud Backup” option under Settings »Apple ID» iCloud »iCloud Backup. Remember that Apple makes available to all users 5GB of free storage; therefore, if you have a lot of content, you may need to subscribe to a larger space.

To back up iPhone from iTunes (for PCs or Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier), simply connect your device to your computer with the USB cable (you may need to enter your iPhone password to allow access), open iTunes and find your device icon in the content bar. In the "Summary" tab, select the "This Computer" option (in the "Backup" section), and then click "Back Up Now."

IPhone Backup in iTunes

With the end of iTunes from macOS Catalina 10.15, device management like iPhones and iPads migrated to Finderbut the process is still as simple as making backups. When connecting your device to your Mac, open Finder and select iPhone / iPad in the sidebar (you may need to enter your iPhone password to allow access); Then on the "General" tab, select the "Back up all data on this Mac" option and click "Back Up Now."

IPhone Backup in Finder


Airplane mode

Backed up, let's go to another important step: the adjustments. In the case of air travel, the use of electronic devices during the flight is expressly prohibited unless they are in Airplane Mode. To enable it, simply go to Control Center (or Settings) and tap the indicated icon.

Airplane mode on iPhone

Automatically, mobile data and personal access will be disabled. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to work, so you can listen to music with wireless headsets and connect to the aircraft network, if applicable.

Mobile Data

There are currently some plans that include roaming, meaning they can be used in many foreign countries. Still, many users have a limited quota of data. So when you travel, choose adjustments that minimize data charges.

In iOS 13, you can set a new setting that saves you the use of your data franchise, which is very useful in these cases. To do so, go to Settings »Cellular» Cellular Data Options »Data Saver Mode.

Data Saving on iOS 13

Another option is to disable the feature Wi-Fi Assistance, which uses cellular data automatically when Wi-Fi is weak. To avoid excessive data consumption, disable this option in: Settings »Mobile» Wi-Fi Assistance.

Are you going to travel? Check out how to prepare your iPhone! - MacMagazine.com


If you are traveling to another region or country, the change of time can also be confusing, especially when taking flights (since the times on the board are set based on the region you are going to, not where you depart from). ).

IPhone can change the clock's time zone automatically based on your location. To do so, go to: Settings »General» Date and Time and activate the option "Automatically".

Set time on iPhone

Medical Record and Emergency Contacts

Just as important as having a good trip is being under the proper care. In this sense, it is important that your information and medical conditions be checked if something happens during the holidays. Fortunately, iOS offers an extremely important option called Medical Record, which can be accessed from the locked screen and displays various information about you.

To set up your Medical Record, go to Settings »Health» Profile and Health and complete the list with the most information. You can check the Medical Record at any time also by Adjustments.

Medical Record on iPhone

The Medical Record may also include your emergency contacts, ie people who should be contacted if something happens to you. To set your emergency contacts, go to Settings »Emergency SOS and add the person (s).

IPhone emergency contacts



After the essential settings, there are still some other very important (but optional) tips if you're traveling to a place you don't know. In this sense, location is a very important fact when it comes to moving into a new environment.

The tip here is to download a full navigation app that provides you with up-to-date data and information to guide you on your trip. As we know, Apple's Maps app is great in the United States, but not so much in other regions. Generally, Google Maps is the most suitable.

Google Maps app icon - Traffic & Food

If you don't want to be dependent on the internet, you can download part of a map to view it offline; For Google Maps, you can set one (or multiple) regions to save offline, but keep in mind that this will consume your device's internal storage.

Offline Maps from Google Maps

A translator

Communicating in another language (which you do not know) is not impossible either. A variety of apps let you translate phrases or even understand what other people are saying in real time, making communication not a problem while traveling. A good option is Translator and Dictionary, which lets you play the content of a sentence in multiple languages.

Translator and Dictionary App app icon


Knowing what the weather will be like during the trip is critical – no one deserves to go to the beach and the rain literally 'wet the ride'. To check the weather in your area, the native iOS Weather app does a great job as it checks the forecast based on your location, and you can add other places to the list.

Weather app icon


in Apple

IPhones CompatibleCompatible with Apple Watches

Version 1.3.5 (2.1 MB)
Requires iOS 10.0 or higher

Weather app screenshotWeather app screenshot

If you want something even more complete, The Weather Channel is a good option.

The Weather Channel: Forecasts app icon

Extra Tips

Photo and video

Of course, travelers on duty love taking photos and capturing moments with family or friends. So having a cool photo and video app is a tip that certainly could not be missed on this list.

Among the apps available today are a variety of options. For photos and videos, my nominations are Halide and Filmmaker Pro, with which you'll make great images and beautiful audiovisual productions.

Halide Camera app iconFilmmaker Pro Video Editor app icon


It is also practically impossible to think of traveling without wanting to bring a small souvenir from where you have been (or even a gift to someone). Knowing the risks of taking cash in some places, iPhone makes a great choice to replace it (including your credit card).

If your card is compatible with Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system is a great choice for travel. With it, you can shop using your debit / credit card much more simply by bringing iPhone closer to the merchant's card machine.

Apple Pay is currently supported in many regions and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Check out the our complete guide of all cards accepted by the system in Brazil.

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Did you like the tips? We hope so! Use and abuse the comments section to complement or provide your own tips!

Finally, of course, have a nice trip! 😊✈️

top image: South China Morning Post



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