How to Backup iPhone to Computer

Summary

How to backup my iPhone to computer quickly? In this post, we offer you two methods to backup iPhone to computer: with or without iTunes.

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Sep. 28, 2016

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Download AnyTrans and follow this tutorial to backup your music, photos, contacts and other data from iPhone to computer, no matter on PC or Mac.

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Your iPhone keeps some very important information like the photos of your kids, your favorite songs you purchased from iTunes, phone numbers of your friends or customers, etc. That's why backing up data on iPhone is essential in insuring against any accidental damage or loss to your iPhone, like iOS 9 upgrade, factory reset, jailbreak, etc.

How to Backup iPhone to Computer

How to Backup iPhone to Computer

Similar to computer backup, everyone who owns a mobile device has no excuse for skipping backing up their mobile data regularly. With iOS, you can backup an iPhone via iTunes or iCloud. iCloud stores the data in the cloud, iTunes allows you to backup iPhone to computer. However, you cannot selectively back up iPhone data with iTunes, and Apple doesn't allow you to view the content in iTunes. So how to backup iPhone to computer selectively and keep the backup data viewable on computer?

In this post, we will show you how to back up your iPhone to computer using the traditional way (with iTunes), and also give you a second choice (backup iPhone with an iTunes alternative).

Part 1. How to Backup Your iPhone to Computer with iTunes

Step 1. Install the latest iTunes on your computer. Plug in your iPhone to computer and run iTunes.

Step 2. Click the Device button, and under Summary click on Back Up Now. iTunes will start to back up your iPhone.

Step 3. This may take few minutes, click on iTunes > Preference > Devices to check the backup list. You cannot read or view the content in iTunes backups directly on your computer.

Backup Your iPhone with iTunes

Backup Your iPhone with iTunes

Part 2. How to Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes

AnyTrans is one professional iPhone to computer transfer tool that you can use to backup specific items instead of all data from iPhone to computer, iTunes and even to another iOS device (no matter iPhone, iPad or iPod). In addition, it also enables you to create iTunes backup and view contents on iTunes backup. Now let's download AnyTrans and follow the simple steps to backup your iPhone.

Step 1. Open AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone to computer > Click "Content to PC/Mac" button.

iTunes Wi-Fi Sync: If your original cable of iPhone is broken and have no suitable alternative, you can use iTunes Wi-Fi Sync feature to backup your iPhone to computer. Before get started, make sure iCloud is turned off. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to off. Then go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and select your computer from the list. You'll see an option to "Sync Now" but by default your iPhone will automatically sync when the device meets three conditions: 1) the screen is locked (i.e., you're not using the device), 2) the device is connected to Wi-Fi, and 3) the device is plugged into a power source.

How to Backup iPhone to Computer - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone to Computer - Step 1

Step 2. Choose the contents you want to backup > Select the export path > Click on the Right Arrow to start the transfer.

How to Backup iPhone to Computer - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone to Computer - Step 2

Within few minutes, AnyTrans will finish the whole backup on your computer. And you can view them later and keep them safe in your computer.

You can also make an iTunes backup with AnyTrans by clicking the Backups option on the homepage, and then clicking the Backup Button to start backing up your iPhone. In addition, AnyTrans also shows you all the iTunes backup files on your computer, and you can select a backup file to view the content like notes, contacts, messages, call history, calendar, etc.

Backup iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans

Backup iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans

Does This Work to Backup iPad or iPod touch?

Yes, this guide is exactly the same for all iOS devices, whether how to backup iPad to computer, or how to backup iPod touch to computer. Have a try to back up your iPhone to your computer with AnyTrans.

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