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How to Back Up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max in 4 Ways

Myra updated on Jun 17, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies to: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and earlier iPhone models

It's needless to stress the importance of iPhone backup since no one wants to lose files like photos, videos, contacts, and messages. To avoid data loss, backing up an iPhone regularly is necessary. Whether you want to back up your iPhone to iCloud or computer, wirelessly or using a USB cable, selectively or all at once, you will know how to do it in this guide.

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Back Up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max to iCloud
How to Back Up iPhone XS/XS Max/XR to Computer with iTunes
How to Back Up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max to Mac via Finder
How to Back Up iPhone Selectively or All at Once

Method 1. How to Back Up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max to iCloud

If you prefer to back up your iPhone wirelessly over Wi-Fi, iCloud is the optimal choice for you. By turning on iCloud backup, your iPhone content will be synced to the iCloud storage automatically under a network connection. iCloud will back up almost all data and settings on your iPhone XR, XS or XS Max, except:

  • Content that has stored in iCloud
  • Files saved in other cloud services
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Touch ID settings

However, you cannot access or view the backup file. You can only access the details by restoring your device from the backup. Besides, to back up your iPhone to iCloud successfully, you need to make sure there is sufficient iCloud storage for you to store the iPhone data and settings and your device is under a stable and reliable Wi-Fi connection, or you may encounter iPhone backup failure.

To back up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max to iCloud:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Go to "Settings" > [your name] and tap "iCloud". (If you don't see your name, sign in to the device with your Apple ID.)

Step 3. Scroll down to click "iCloud Backup".

Step 4. Turn on "iCloud Backup" and tap on "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone to iCloud.

Step 5. Wait patiently for the process to complete.

How to back up iPhone to iCloud

This is how to manually back up your iPhone using iCloud. If you want to make an iCloud back automatically, switch on "iCloud Backup" only.

Method 2. How to Back Up iPhone XR/XS/XS Max to Computer Using iTunes

Another official way to back up an iPhone is to use iTunes. Unlike iCloud, iTunes backs up your iPhone to a computer. Thus, you don't need to worry about network or storage issues. An iTunes backup almost covers all the data and settings on your device, except:

  • Content bought from iTunes and App Store
  • Content synced from iTunes
  • PDFs downloaded to Apple Books

Although you can access the iPhone backup location on the computer, you won't be able to view the details of the backup and can only access the content by performing an iPhone restore, which is quite similar to use iCloud.

To back up your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR to computer:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR to your computer and open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 2. Click "Trust" on your iPhone screen to trust the computer and enter your device password if asked.

Step 3. Select your iPhone by clicking the device icon in iTunes. If your iPhone is not showing up in iTunes, fix it and then continue.

Step 4. If you also want to make a copy of your Health and Activity data on your iOS device, tick "Encrypt iPhone backup", and create a password. (Don't forget the password!)

Step 5. Click "Back Up Now" to backup your iPhone to computer using iTunes.

How to back up iPhone to computer with iTunes

Method 3. How to Back Up iPhone to Mac via Finder

iTunes is no longer available since macOS Catalina. Therefore, if you are looking to back up your iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max to a Mac, you need to use Finder, which replaces iTunes when it comes to device backup and data syncing.

To back up iPhone with your Mac computer:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open Finder.

Step 2. On your iPhone/iPad, trust the computer and enter the password as required.

Step 3. Choose your device from the left sidebar and tap "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone/iPad to computer.

How to back up iPhone to Mac via Finder

Method 4. How to Back Up iPhone Without iCloud or iTunes

All of the three ways above will back up all your iPhone content at once and you can't access content in the backups unless you restore your iOS device from the backup. What if you want to back up an iPhone selectively and need to access and view your iPhone files from the computer? If you do, you can use the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover.

This tool allows you to back up your iPhone photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, messages, and more from your iPhone or iPad to a computer using a USB cable. You can choose to sync all the files to a computer or just copy specific items. Most importantly, you can access your iPhone files from the computer whenever you want to.

To back up iPhone to computer without iCloud or 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

Other than iPhone backup, EaseUS MobiMover also supports data transfer between two iOS devices or between an iOS device and a computer, be it a Mac, PC, or laptop. Other functions like video download will also do great help if you want to download YouTube videos to iPhone or computer.

The Bottom Line

These are the four common ways for you to make a backup of your iOS device. As you can see from the details, each method is suitable for different situations. For you to manage your iDevice data better, you are highly recommended to try EaseUS MobiMover, with which you can not only backup your iPhone to computer but also do many other things related to data transfer, file management, and video download. Don't hesitate to give it a try.