How to Backup iPhone to Flash Drive

Are you stuck with how to backup your iPhone to flash drive? This guide will offer one easy and quick method to help you backup iPhone to flash drive on Mac/PC computer without effort.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Jul. 23, 2019, Last Updated: Jul. 24, 2019

The longer you use the iPhone, the more iOS content pile up on your iPhone. This makes the iPhone work slowly, and can’t spare more free space to store favorite photos, videos, and run interesting games and apps. At this moment, you may need to free up the iPhone space.

To free up space on iPhone, you may backup your iPhone to the computer but if so you may lose the backups because of hardware failure, computer crashes or other reasons. Furthermore, backup iPhone via iTunes or iCloud could be a good choice, and then delete the data to free up space. However, backing up iPhone via iTunes or iCloud means you never can get access to backups you made unless you plan to restore your iDevice.

How to Backup iPhone to USB Flash Drive

How to Backup iPhone to USB Flash Drive

So now choosing a flash drive to backup iPhone is a good way to solve this problem. But as we all know, there is no direct way to transfer data from iPhone to flash drive other than the help of some third-party software. Here in this post, we will introduce two methods for you to backup iPhone to a flash drive.

How to Backup iPhone to Flash Drive with iTunes

iTunes is the most common tool for Apple users to backup their devices. Although there is no way to back up the iPhone directly to a flash drive, we can still make it by moving iTunes backup files. Now follow the steps below to see how to backup iPhone to the USB drive.

Step 1. Locate your iTunes backup files on your computer.

If you are using a Mac:

Find a list of your backups:

Locate a specific backup:

Locate iTunes Backup on Mac

Locate iTunes Backup on Mac

If you are using a Windows PC:

To find a list of your backups, go to \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Locate iTunes Backup on Windows

Locate iTunes Backup on Windows

Step 2. Once you have found your iTunes backup files, copy and paste the files you want to your flash drive.

When you have found the iTunes backup files, remember not to edit, relocate, rename, or extract content from your backup files, because these actions might ruin the files.

How to Backup iPhone to Flash Drive with AnyTrans

Although you could find the iTunes backup files and transfer to your flash drive, there is one crucial issue that might bother you, which is you don’t know what content do those backup files have. Both iTunes and iCloud will not give users access to the backup files. In other words, you will never know what has been backed up until you restore this backup to your iPhone.

To solve this issue, you might need third-party software to help. Here we recommend AnyTrans for iOS, one professional iPhone/iPad/iPod data transfer tool that can always put your important data in the right place. Below are some features of AnyTrans:

Download and install AnyTrans on your computer (Mac or Windows) then follow the below steps to backup data of iPhone to flash drive.

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Step 1. Open AnyTrans and connect with your iPhone. Click on Content to Computer on the main interface.

Click Content to Computer in AnyTrans

Click Content to Computer in AnyTrans

Step 2. Choose the files you want to backup and then select the USB as the target save location. Click to start transferring.

Choose the Transferring Category and Change Export Path

Choose the Transferring Category and Change Export Path

Wait until the transferring process is finished, the time it spends depends on the size of your content. All the data you back up to the flash drive will be stored in one file, you can check and view the content any time you like.

If you want to backup one specific data like photos to flash drive, for details you can refer to this article: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive >

The Bottom Line

As you can see, compare to the traditional method, backing up iPhone to flash drive with AnyTrans provides you with more flexibility and convenience. Besides backup iPhone to flash drive, with AnyTrans you can also easily export your data from iCloud backup to flash drive. For this guide, if you have any questions or suggestions, please be free to contact us by email (support@imobie.com).

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.