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.

By Gigi Albert | Posted on: Oct. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2018
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With the launch of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XR, many of 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 simply “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 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 12.8 or 12.9, since your new iPhone XS or XR running in iOS 12 may not be compatible with the old iTunes versions. After, you can start the backup process by following the steps below.

Step 1Connect iPhone iPad to computer > Open iTunes if 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 iOS Device Icon

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 using iTunes to This Computer

Step 3Tap “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 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 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 for iOS, you can back up whatever you want to your computer.
  2. You can selectively backup iPhone iPad to 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 AnyTrans.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2Plug 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 3Select 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 3

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 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 1Connect 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 2Choose 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 3You need to confirm the “Restore” process by clicking Restore.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes - Step 2

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.

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Step 1Install 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 2Select 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 3Preview 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 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 XS/XR 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!

Gigi Albert

Member of iMobie team, a professional editor, is interested in solving iOS & Android related problems by writing various tutorials.