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How to backup iPhone in iTunes

Perhaps, you already know that your Iphone’s files are backuped automatically to the iCloud by default. However, you might still need local iTunes backups. They will be more helpful when switching to another iPhone or installing the iOS beta software program on your current mobile device. Restoring Local iTunes is faster and easier than restoring from the iCloud backups. iCloud backups are useful too, because they will always be up-to-date and happen wirelessly. But when it comes to full restoration operation, iTunes backups are better. provides you with guides on the backup process and you can also use Portable iTunes for the synchronization of files.

How to do the backup

To start the backup process, you have to launch iTunes. To do that, install iTunes from Apple’s website or Microsoft store. If you are a Mac user, you already have iTunes installed on your device. Take your iPhone and connect it to Mac or PC using the offered Lightning-to-USB cable – the cable you use to charge the mobile device. The process works for iPod and iPads touches too. After the iPhone is connected to the computer, find the Continue button in Portable iTunes and allow the access of your iPhone on the computer.

After you unlock your iPhone, you will find a “Trust This Computer” command prompt on the screen. Click on the “Trust” button and enter your PIN. That will allow the computer to access all your iPhone’s data. But if the iPad or iPhone device is synced with iTunes, the command prompt will not appear and you can continue with the backup process.

After allowing your computer to access iTunes, you will see a phone icon near the left corner of your Windows. Click on it to proceed.

iTunes will focus the Summary pane automatically on the computer’s left sidebar. Scroll down and click on the Backup section after you find it.

Before you continue with the backup process, ensure that the backups on your iPhone are properly encrypted. That way you will be sure that they are password-protected so that everyone will need your password to access them or the data they contain. Encrypted backups may also contain your account passwords, HomeKit data and Apple Health information. The data will not be available with unencrypted backups.

Now, check the “Encrypt iPhone Backup” box situated under the Backups to activate the encrypted backups. Enter your password in the command prompt and ensure that you can remember the password. It will be hard to restore the encrypted backups if you lose the password. If you do not remember the password you used the last time, click on “Change Password” option to set up a new one. iTunes will use it for any new backup you create.

iTunes will create the backup automatically each time you provide the password. Always wait for the whole process to end before you disconnect the iPhone because it will only take a few minutes. To see the more recent backups, you just need to check below the “Latest Backups” on the pane. All the backups that say they have taken place “To This Computer” are iTunes backups on the Mac or PC.

You do not have to repeat the whole process when backing up your iTunes in the future. Just click on the “Back Up Now” option after connecting your iPhone to the computer through a USB cable. iTunes will make the backup and display the progress on the status display. Leave the “iCloud” chosen as the default backup option below the “Automatically Back Up” area. To back up iTunes at any time, click on “Back Up Now” option.

Viewing all your iTunes Backups

To view al the backups you have saved iTunes, click Edit >> Preferences on your PC or iTunes >> Preferences on your Mac. Click on the “Devices” icon situated in the Preferences window to see the list of backups you have stored locally. Delete the old backups if you want to free up some space. You can move all the backed up files from your Mac or PC’s drive to another computer or backup device if that is important. Moreover, you can restore the backup on a new phone or the current one too.

How to restore the backed up files

To restore the backed up files, you need to follow a few simple steps. Plug the iPhone device into your computer using the USB cable you used for backup. Open iTunes. Before starting the restoration, turn off “Find My iPhone”.

After you have turned off the “Find My iPhone” click on the iPhone button located on the left-hand upper corner of the iTunes. Click on “Restore Backup” under the “Manually Backup and Restore” option. Search for your iPhone on the dropdown menu and click “Restore”.

It is now the time to rest and wait for the restoration to end. The process of backing up your iPhone with iTunes is easy. You just need to follow the steps correctly. Remember that encryption will add a layer of protection for the backed-up information.


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Written by Nat Sauteed

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