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How to Back Up iPhone 7/7 Plus in 4 Ways

Myra updated on Jul 28, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

How Do I Back Up My iPhone Before I Get a New One

When you switch to a new iPhone, it's necessary for you to back up your old iPhone. Why? With the backup, you can restore your new iPhone from it to keep your precious data available on your new device and then you can switch to your new iPhone seamlessly.

Even if you are not planning to get a new iPhone, it's also a good habit to back up your iPhone regularly to avoid data loss.

Given that, here I'd to show you four ways on how to back up iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 Plus).

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Back Up iPhone 7 to Computer
Back Up iPhone 7 to iTunes
Back Up iPhone 7 to Finder
Back Up iPhone Without iTunes/Finder
How to Back Up iPhone 7 to iCloud

Part 1. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to Computer in 3 Ways

There are generally two options for you to back up an iPhone: You can either back up your iPhone 7 to computer or cloud storage, especially iCloud.

First of all, I will show you how to back up iPhone 7 to computer in three ways.

Method 1. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to iTunes

Using iTunes is the official way from Apple to make a backup of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. An iTunes backup includes almost all the data and settings on your iPhone, except for content like the items you bought from iTunes/App Store, data you synced from iTunes, data that is stored in iCloud, and more. Thus, if you want to back up everything on your iPhone to computer, using iTunes is a good choice.

To back up iPhone 7 to iTunes:

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your PC.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone 7 to your computer and wait for iTunes to launch automatically.

Step 3. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer. If required, enter your iPhone passcode to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Device" icon in the iTunes window and choose "Summary".

Step 5. In the "Backups" section, check "This computer" and click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone to iTunes.

How to back up iPhone 7 to iTunes

By backing up your iPhone using iTunes, you can back up your iPhone 7 to your computer and restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with the backup. Besides, you are able to manage your iPhone backups on the computer:

Step 1. Open iTunes.

Step 2. Go to "Preferences" > "Devices".

Step 3. Right-click the backup you want to manage and choose "Delete" or "Archive".

Although you can access the iPhone backup location on your computer, you are not recommended to edit, relocate, rename, or extract content from your backup files. That's because these actions might ruin the files. What's more, in spite that you can access the contents of the backup, the contents are generally unreadable. All you can do with the backup is to restore an iOS device from it.

Method 2. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to Computer Using Finder

Since macOS Catalina, iTunes is no longer available and Finder becomes the default way to perform device backups and data syncing. Using Finder to back up your iPhone to computer is quite similar to using iTunes.

To back up your iPhone 7 to computer via Finder:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone 7 to your Mac and open Finder.

Step 2. On your iOS device, choose to trust this computer in the prompt.

Step 3. Choose your device from the left panel and make sure you are under the "General" tab.

Step 4. Click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone 7 to computer.

How to back up iPhone 7 to computer via Finder

After you back up your iPhone 7 using Finder, you can also manage your iPhone backup by going to "Finder" > "General" > "Manage Backups".

Method 3. How to Back Up iPhone 7 with EaseUS MobiMover

Neither iTunes nor Finder allows you to read your iPhone data from the backup. If you want to back up your iPhone contacts, photos, videos, music, ringtones, messages, and more to a computer in a readable way, you will like the iPhone data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover.

This tool will transfer your iPhone data to computer to make a copy of your iPhone content. Most importantly, you can access and read the files from your iPhone whenever you like to. Moreover, you can also transfer the files back to your iPhone without data syncing.

To back up your iPhone 7 to computer without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover on your computer, and select the "Phone to PC" to help you back up iPhone data to Window PC. On the right pane, click "Next".

how to back up iPhone to computer - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover enables you to transfer all the iPhone files at once, including photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. The default storage path is C:\Users\Owners\Desktop. You can customize a location by yourself in advance. Now choose the desired files you want to back up, and click "Transfer". 

how to back up iPhone to computer - step 2

Step 3. Wait patiently until MobiMover finished all data migration from your iPhone to your computer. Once done, you can view, edit, keep, or delete the content as you like.

how to back up iPhone to computer - step 3

These are the common ways on how to back up iPhone 7 to computer. Conclusively, iTunes and Finder work well to back up almost everything on your iPhone 7 but you can't read the files from your computer. While EaseUS MobiMover allows you to make a copy of your iPhone contacts, photos, videos, music, ringtones, books, and more to a computer and read these contents.

Part 2. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to iCloud

Apple provides two official ways for you to back up your iPhone: iTunes and iCloud. Some users choose to back up iPhone 7 to iTunes while others prefer to back up iPhone to iCloud. Like an iTunes backup, an iCloud backup also includes almost all of your iPhone data and settings. If you prefer the latter solution, you should know that, to you back up iPhone 7 successfully, you need to make sure:

There is enough iCloud storage for you to save your iPhone content

Your iPhone 7 is under a stable and reliable Wi-Fi connection

Ready? Follow the steps below to learn how to back up your iPhone 7 to iCloud:

Step 1. Go to "Settings".

Step 2. Tap [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup".

Step 3. Toggle on "iCloud Backup" and click "Back Up Now" to back up your iPhone 7 to iCloud.

How to back up iPhone 7 to iCloud

You can't access the iCloud backup you made. All you can do is to restore your iPhone from the iCloud backup, which is only available when you set up your iOS device.

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to back up iPhone 7 in four different ways. Whether you are using a PC or Mac, want to back up iPhone to computer or cloud storage, you can find the corresponding solution from this guide.

Carry out the way best suited to your needs to back up your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with ease.