How to Backup iPhone 5/5s/6/6s/4s/SE and even iPhone 7 (Plus) to iTunes/iCloud/PC/Mac

Summary

You are suggested to backup your iPhone, no matter old iPhone 6/6s/5/5s or new iPhone 7/7 Plus before updating old iPhone to iOS 10 or upgrading from old iPhone to new iPhone this September. This post offers 3 methods to easily backup an iPhone.

by Tom Follow @iMobie_Inc

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We may accidentally lose data when we update to a new iOS operating system, reset iPhone to default settings or free up iPhone storage space. So it seems necessary to backup our iPhone before we start a big change on our iPhone. Additionally, another reason why we have to backup our iPhone is, this is the only method Apple suggests to transfer all data and settings from old iPhone to new iPhone.

Therefore, If you are one of Apple users who plan to update to iOS 10 or upgrade old iPhone 5/5s/6 to iPhone 7 this fall, these is no harm in knowing some quick tips of how to backup iPhone. In this post, we offer you the methods to backup iPhone to iTunes, iCloud and computer. And it is suitable to back up any iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7.

Part 1: Backup iPhone 4/5/6/6s/SE/7 with AnyTrans Part 2: Backup iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7 to iTunes Part 3: Backup iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7 to iCloud

Part 1: How to Backup iPhone 5/5s/4/4s/6/6s/SE/7 to Computer with AnyTrans

The first method we show you to backup iPhone is using AnyTrans. This tool has the benefit that it enables you to selectively save data from iPhone to computer, to iTunes and even to another iOS device for backup, which iCloud and iTunes can't. In addition, AnyTrans allows you to extract data from iPhone backup and even to preview contents on it, which could be user-friendly because normally we can't preview messages or other personal info on iTunes backup and iCloud backup.

How to 1-Click Backup iPhone Data with AnyTrans

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and install it on your PC or Mac. Open it and connect your iPhone to computer. You will see five shortcut buttons: Merge Device, Content to Mac (or PC), Content to iTunes, Content to Device, Add Content, and Clone Device.

1-Click Backup iPhone to Computer – Step 1

1-Click Backup iPhone to Computer – Step 1

Step 2. To backup iPhone to computer in one click: Click the Content to Mac (Or PC) shortcut button > Select the file type you want to backup > Set the destination on your computer > Click on the right to backup selected categories. (For details, you can read our related guide: Content to Computer >>)

1-Click Backup iPhone to Computer – Step 2

1-Click Backup iPhone to Computer – Step 2

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Data via AnyTrans

AnyTrans also enables you to backup selected iPhone files to computer. Below we take an example of saving several photos from iPhone to computer, which needs only 3 steps.

Step 1. Just click the button on the right to manage categories.

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 1

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 1

Step 2. Click Photos > Camera Roll.

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Step 3. Select photos and click to backup these photos to computer.

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

Backup Specific Files from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

Part 2: How to Backup iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7 to iTunes

Backing up iPhone to iTunes is suit for those who have a computer (Mac or PC) at hand, and the USB cable for their iPhone is available. If you are one of these users, follow us to backup your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE to iTunes with following methods. And it will also support backing up your iPhone 7.

Method 1: Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable -> Run iTunes if it doesn't open automatically -> Click Device button at the upper right corner of iTunes -> Click Backup Now in Backups column.

How to Back Up iPhone 6/6s/4/4s/5/5s/5c/SE/7 to iTunes

How to Back Up iPhone 6/6s/4/4s/5/5s/5c/SE/7 to iTunes

Method 2: Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable -> Launch iTunes -> Click File -> Devices -> Back Up.

Method 3: Connect your old iPhone to computer with USB cable –> Run iTunes –> Click File –> Choose Devices > Click "Sync XXXX (the name of your iPhone)".

Note: When choosing Syncing your device to computer, iTunes will backup your iPhone automatically before syncing, so you just need to click Sync.

Similar to backing up your iPhone, the disk backup for your important data protection is also worth your close attentions, especially if you are using a Windows PC. Consider free AOMEI Backupper to create system image so as to make solid backups on your disk drive and data.

Part 3: How to Backup iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7 to iCloud

If you find you are stuck in any situation bellow, you can choose to backup iPhone to iCloud:

Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 2.Go to Settings on iPhone: In iOS 8 or later, tap on iCloud > Backup. In iOS 7 or earlier, tap on iCloud > Storage & Backup. 

Step 3. Turn on iCloud Backup.

Step 4. Tap Back Up Now.

Step 5. It may take a long time to backup your old iPhone that depends on your iPhone content and the Internet speed. Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.

How to Backup iPhone 6/6s/4/4s/5/5s/5c/SE/7 to iCloud

How to Backup iPhone 6/6s/4/4s/5/5s/5c/SE/7 to iCloud

As you can see, it is easy enough to backup an iPhone to iCloud, iTunes or computer, no matter what iPhone you are using, an old iPhone 4/4s/5/5s or newer iPhone 6/6s/SE. If you plan to buy an iPhone 7, we strongly recommend that you should backup iPhone 7 before you set up it.

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