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).
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.
Neither iTunes nor Finder allows you to back up specific items from the iPhone to the computer. If you want to selectively back up your iPhone contacts, photos, videos, music, messages, and more to a computer, you will like this iPhone backup software - EaseUS MobiMover.
This tool will backup your iPhone data to computer in a more flexible and efficient way. It is 100% safe. During the backup process, you won't lose any important files. After making a copy of your data to the computer, you can restore them to your device whenever you like to.
To back up your iPhone 7 to computer without iTunes:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC and trust the computer. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".
Step 2. Since all the supported files are selected by default, click "One-Click Backup" directly to start backing up your iPhone to computer.
Step 3. Wait patiently until the backup process completes. When you need to restore the backup, go to "Backup Manager" > "Restore" and follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
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.
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.
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.
After you back up your iPhone 7 using Finder, you can also manage your iPhone backup by going to "Finder" > "General" > "Manage Backups".
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.
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.
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.
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.