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How to Back Up iPhone to Computer Without iTunes

Katrin updated on Aug 20, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

There are two ways for you to back up iPhone to computer without iTunes. Besides, two more solutions for you to back up iPhone without iTunes or computer are also provided.

iTunes is Apple's official way for you to back up an iPhone to a computer. With the iTunes backup, you can restore an iPhone from it when you set up a new iPhone or want to restore iPhone data.

However, although you can access the iPhone backup on your computer, you can't read the files in the backup. The only way for you to retrieve the data and settings is to restore an iOS device from the iTunes backup.

Given that, you may be unwilling to back up your iPhone to a computer using iTunes. Luckily, there are other solutions for you to make a backup without the help of iTunes. Read on and learn more details.

Method 1. How to Back Up iPhone to Computer Without iTunes

If you are looking to back up your iPhone to PC without iTunes, the only solution is to use a third-party program. Some third-party tools provide backup and restore features for you to back up your iPhone to computer without iTunes. There are also iPhone transfer software tools that help you transfer your iPhone files to computer to make a backup.

The difference is: The backup feature creates an image file of your iPhone data and you can't read the files in the backup. But via data transfer, you can access and view your iPhone files on the computer whenever to want to.

Thus, I'd like to recommend you try the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover. It will transfer all your photos, videos, audio files (music, ringtones, voice memos, audiobooks), contacts, messages, and more from your iPhone to computer, be it a PC or Mac. By doing so, you can make a copy of your precious iPhone data and you can view the files from your iPhone easily on your computer.

To back up your iPhone to computer without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7/8/10 with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen if asked. Run EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Phone to PC". To back up iPhone photos, contacts, and other types of files, click "Next" to begin.

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Step 2. You can back up iPhone photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more as the image shows below. You can transfer these items all at one time or respectively export a specified data type. MobiMover also supports you to customize the storage path for iPhone backup. Choose desired files and click "Transfer" to back up iPhone files to your PC right now

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Step 3. Wait patiently until the transfer process ends. MobiMover will copy the iPhone files in a readable and accessible way so you can view, edit, or delete the data based on your own need.

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Method 2. How to Back Up iPhone to Computer Without iTunes via Finder

On macOS Catalina and later, iTunes is no longer available for you to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Instead, Finder does the data syncing and device backup tasks. Thus, if you want to back up iPhone without iTunes on Mac, using Finder is also a solution.

To back up iPhone to computer without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and open Finder.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer. If required, enter your iPhone password to continue.

Step 3. Click [your iPhone's name] under "Locations".

Step 4. Click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone to computer without iTunes.

Backup iPhone to computer without iTunes

Method 3. How to Back Up iPhone Without iTunes Wirelessly

Apart from backing up your iPhone to computer, you can also choose to make an iPhone backup in cloud storage, like iCloud. With iCloud, you are able to back up your iPhone without iTunes wirelessly. Convenient as it is, you can not access or view an iCloud backup. Similar to using iTunes, you can only access the iPhone backup content by restoring your iPhone.

Besides, to back up your iPhone using iCloud, you need to make sure there is enough iCloud storage to save all the data and settings on your device, or the iCloud backup will fail.

To back up iPhone using iCloud:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" and tap [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup".

Step 2. Turn on the "iCloud Backup" option and click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone without iTunes.

How to backup iPhone without iTunes

Method 4. How to Back Up iPhone via a Mobile App

iCloud is not the only choice to wirelessly back up your iPhone. Some mobile apps for iOS also enable you to make an iPhone backup directly on the device without a computer. You can search for such a tool from the App Store and then choose the one you trust to have a try.

The Bottom Line

To protect your important data, it's necessary to make iPhone backups regularly. If you prefer to back up iPhone without iTunes, there are other workable ways for you to get things done. All of them are detailed above.

Carry out the way you like best to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch easily within minutes.