How to Backup and Restore iPhone iPad Using iTunes Step By Step

This guide offers you detailed tutorial about how to backup iPhone to iTunes and restore iPhone from iTunes backup. Also applies to iPad and the new iPhone XS, XR. Just follow us and have a try.

Roger Smith Last Updated: May. 14, 2020

With the launch of the new iPhone SE and iPhone 11, many old iPhone users might want to perform an upgrade to the new iPhone. But after buying the new iPhone, what would you do if you want to transfer data to your new iPhone from the old device? Actually, iTunes could be a nice app to get the job done by a simple “backup and restore”.

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

In addition, iTunes Backup and Restore could be more helpful to keep your data safe, since if you have created a backup with iTunes, when you lost some data on your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly perform a “Restore” to get them back. So how to backup iPhone to iTunes and restore iPhone from iTunes?

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone to iTunes Step By Step

iTunes cannot backup songs, your synced photos, iBooks, etc, so if you want to back up these files, you can jump to Part 2 – backup iPhone without iTunes.  Besides, if you accidentally encounter some errors while backing up the iPhone to iTunes, you can read our post to fix the iTunes backup errors

Don’t Miss: What Does iTunes Backup to Computer?

With iTunes, you can backup almost all data and setting on your iPhone iPad to a PC or a Mac. To make sure all goes well to do a backup using iTunes, you are suggested to upgrade your iTunes to the latest version – iTunes 13.4.1 or 12.4.1, since your new iPhone 11 or XS running in iOS 13 may not be compatible with the old iTunes versions. After, you can start the backup process by following the steps below.

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

How to Backup iPhone to iTunes – Click iOS Device Icon

How to Backup iPhone to iTunes – Click on iOS Device Icon

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

How to Backup iPhone using iTunes to This Computer

How to Backup iPhone using iTunes to This Computer

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 to iTunes and Encrypt the Backup

How to Backup iPhone to iTunes and Encrypt the Backup

Part 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 the market, it is outstanding for its powerful features. Here are the reasons why you will like AnyTrans.

  1. As we mentioned in part 3, iTunes can not help you back up songs, your synced photos, iBooks, etc. But with AnyTrans, you can back up whatever you want to your computer.
  2. You can selectively backup iPhone iPad to a computer with AnyTrans.
  3. All data backed up to the computer through AnyTrans are viewable. Gone are days when you can’t view the data backed up to the 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 AnyTransfor iOS.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Plug in your iDevice and then click Content to PC 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.

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 and choose the right folder on your computer to receive the data from the iPhone, then click the Next to continue.

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative – Step 3

Step 4. All your files would be backed up to your computer.

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative - Step 4

How to Backup iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative – Step 4

You can also make an iTunes backup with AnyTrans. Click the Content to iTunes, you can transfer any data to your iTunes.

How to Backup iPhone iPad to iTunes

How to Backup iPhone iPad to iTunes

Part 3. How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Be aware that all existing data on your device will be erased, and then iTunes will put all things from the backup to your device.  If you don’t want to erase your iPhone, you can jump to the part 4 – restore iPhone from iTunes backup without erasing. If you encounter some issues while restoring your iPhone or iPad, you can refer to this post – most common iPhone restore errors and solutions

Make sure your computer contains the backup that you want to restore. To know whether the backup contains the data you want, you can use an iPhone backup extractor. Now let’s follow the steps to restore iPhone from iTunes.

Step 1. Connect the 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

Step 3. You need to confirm the “Restore” process by clicking Restore.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 3

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes – Step 3

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 the 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 >

Part 4. How to Restore from iTunes Backup without Erasing

As we talked in part 3, iTunes restore will erase your data and settings on your iPhone, and then put all the things from backup to your device. Think about that if you are not clear about the data on your iTunes backup, you may mistakenly restore a wrong backup to your iPhone or iPad. So is there some better way to restore without erasing?

In fact, there are lots of iPhone data recovery software that you can use to do the job. And here we will tell you how to make it with PhoneRescue iPhone Data Recovery, which is developed to serve iPhone users to retrieve deleted data. And it can help you selectively restore iPhone iPad from iTunes backup. Worth to mention is that no existing data on your iPhone would be erased if you use PhoneRescue for iOS.

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

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

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

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

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

Step 2. Select one of 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 for iOS -Step 2

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

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

The Bottom Line

Above are how to backup iPhone to iTunes and restore iPhone 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 11/XS 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 for iOS and AnyTrans a try!

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.