How to Backup & Restore iPhone iPad with/without iTunes Easily

Summary

How to backup and restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes? In this guide, we will offer you detailed tutorials about how to backup iPhone/iPad to iTunes and restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes (backup), you just need to follow us and perform on your iDevice.

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Sep. 06, 2017

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Apple launched iTunes is a media program used to manage and play media, it can also connect to iTunes Store for users to purchase and download apps, music, movies and so on. However, the most amazing feature of iTunes is managing iOS data. With iTunes, you can backup iOS data on your iDevices and restore iDevices from iTunes backups.

With the launch of new generation of iPhone - iPhone 8 and iPhone X, many of you might want to perform another round of iPhone to iPhone upgrade. How to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone? You might wonder. Actually, you can backup old iPhone iPad to iTunes first and then restore new iDevice from iTunes backup.

The whole process should be easy and simple, however, iTunes may not be the best option because iTunes has shortcomings like not being able to help you backup all data on device and selectively restoring iPhone from previous iTunes backup, what's more horrible is you might encounter lots of iTunes errors preventing you from backing up and restoring devices. Thus, besides showing you the traditional way, we will also show you ways that are easier and safer to backup and restore iPhone iPad. Please keep reading and get more detais.

Must Read: Top iTunes Alternatives for Backing up and Restoring iDevices >

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone/iPad to iTunes

Here are two ways to backup iPhone iPad to iTunes, please choose what's best for you.

Method 1. How to Backup iPhone iPad on iTunes

As mentioned above, while backing up iPhone iPad on iTunes, you might encounter lots of iTunes errors preventing you backing up iPhone iPad. Besides, iTunes can't really help you backup all data, not to mention selectively backup iPhone iPad data. To avoid all inconveniences that iTunes might bring, we strongly suggest you try method 2.

To backup the information on iPhone iPad, the first thing is to make sure the computer has the latest version of iTunes. Then, follow these steps:

Step 1. Connect iOS device to computer > Open iTunes if doesn't pop up automatically > Click the iOS device name on the top right corner (beside the iTunes Store button).

Step 2. Tap "This computer" button > Choose "Back Up Now" on Backups column. (For encrypt backup, please skip step 2.)

How to Backup iPhone/iPad on iTunes - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone/iPad on iTunes - Step 2

Step 3. Tap "This Computer" button > Tick "Encrypt iPhone/iPad backup" to set a password to protect your backup. In order to avoid forgetting iPhone backup password, you’d better keep it in mind firmly.

How to Backup iPhone/iPad on iTunes - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone/iPad on iTunes - Step 3

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Method 2. How to Backup iPhone/iPad without iTunes

To backup iPhone iPad without iTunes, you will need a powerful iOS data manager like AnyTrans. Among all iTunes alternatives on market, it is outstanding for its powerful features. Here are reasons why you will like AnyTrans.

1. You can make an iTunes backup with AnyTrans easily even if iTunes error occurs.

2. You can selectively backup iPhone iPad to computer with AnyTrans.

3. All data backed up to computer through AnyTrans are viewable. Gone are days when you can't view the data backed up to computer if you use AnyTrans.

4. You can also use AnyTrans to view the data in iTunes backup.

Now, let's see how AnyTrans help you backup iPhone iPad data.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer and then launch it. Note that AnyTrans is developed by an Apple-trusted developer and it is also now Norton and McAfee secured. You have our guarantee that it does no harm to your devices and incidents like data loss or information leakage would never occur. Be feel free to use AnyTrans.

Step 2. Plug in your iDevice and then click the button to go to the category management button. Here AnyTrans would display you all types of data on iDevice. Select one data type to continue. (here we take Photos as an example)

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 2

Step 3. Select the data you want to backup to computer, then click the To Computer button.

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 2

You can also make an iTunes backup with AnyTrans. Click the Backup Management tab, you can view all previous iTunes backups. Click tab and an iTunes backup will soon be created.

How to Backup iPhone iPad to iTunes

How to Backup iPhone iPad to iTunes

Part 2. How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup

Here in this part, we will be focusing on how to restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes backup. Please make a smart choice between the two.

Method 1. How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup

Before adopting the traditional way to restore iPhone iPad from iTunes backup, be aware that all existing data on your device will be erased after restoring from iTunes backup. Besides, many users may encounter issues like restoring from a wrong backup. Thus, we strongly suggest you try Method 2 first.

Step 1. Connect device to the computer in which there are iTunes backups > Launch iTunes > Click Summary on your left > Click Restore Backup.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 1

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 1

Step 2. Choose a backup you want to restore from.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 2

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 2

1. To restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes, please make sure that the destination device is newer than the backup device, because iTunes doesn't support backup to an older device than backup device.

2. Before restoring, please turn off Find My iPhone.

3. If you encounter iTunes backup corrupt or incompatible, please refer to Fix: iTunes Backup Corrupt or Incompatible Backup >

Method 2. How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup

To selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup, you will need the help from PhoneRescue - iOS data recovery.

iMobie PhoneRescue is developed to serve iPhone and Android users to retrieve deleted data and Recover from iTunes Backup mode of PhoneRescue - iOS data recovery can help you selectively restore iPhone iPad from iTunes backup. Worth to mention that while restoring iPhone iPad from iTunes backup, PhoneRescue - iOS data recovery just recovers data from iTunes backup to your iDevice and no existing data would be erased.

Now, download PhoneRescue (choose Download for iOS) and follow steps below to selectively restore your iPhone.

Step 1. Install PhoneRescue and launch it on your Mac or PC computer. Select Recover from iTunes Backup and click on the arrow button.

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 1

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 1

Step 2. Select a backup and tick the types of data you want to restore, if you want to scan all data, just tick Select All and click on OK.

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 2

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 2

If your backup is encrypted, PhoneRescue will ask you to enter your password to decrypt and scan your backup. Unfortunately, if you forgot it, you can have a try on all possible passwords or with the aid of some iPhone backup password recovery to find it out.

Step 3. Preview and select data you want to restore. Click Recover to Device or Recover to Computer button on the bottom right to start restoring selected data.

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 3

How to Selectively Restore iPhone/iPad with PhoneRescue -Step 3

The Bottom Line

Above are how to backup iPhone/iPad to iTunes and restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes. If you have any questions about this article, please don't hesitate to leave comments below. By the way, for using your new iPhone X/8 in a better way, it is necessary for you to learn about some iPhone maintain tips & tricks, as well as some battery life saving tips. At last, don't forget to give PhoneRescue - iOS data recovery and AnyTrans a try!

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