iPhone Backup Taking Forever? - How to Speed Up iPhone Backup

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Myra Updated on Sep 27, 2019 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

After getting a new iPhone, you probably want to back up the content on your previous iPhone to computer with iTunes and then sync the files back to your new one. Or you may want to back up your iPhone to the computer occasionally to avoid accidental loss of your important files. But what annoys you is that it takes a long time for your iPhone backup to be finished. This is not a problem exclusive to you. Many users that using iTunes to back up their iPhone have reported the same issue. Luckily, there are many effective solutions introduced in this article that helps to solve the "iPhone backup taking forever" issue while using iTunes. Don't hesitate to read this article for reference if you are bothered by the problem. (If you are using iCloud backup, here are the tips on how to make iCloud backup faster.)

Fixes to "iPhone Backup Taking Forever"

Tip 1: Back up iPhone X/8/7/6 without iTunes

Using iTunes is not the only choice for you to back up your iPhone. If you want a fast and free method to back up your iPhone to the computer, you can use EaseUS MobiMover Free, the world's first completely free tool for iOS data transfer and file management, to help you with it. With MobiMover installed on your PC running Windows 7 or later, you can transfer contacts, messages, notes, calendars, photos, videos, audios, and more from your iPhone to the computer within minutes. The "iPhone backup taking forever" issue won't occur while using MobiMover. Besides, you can also copy files from computer to your iPhone (or iPad in iOS 8/9/10/11/12/13 or later) or sync data from one iOS device to another. Follow the steps below to learn how to back up your iPhone to computer quickly.

First of all, download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free (less than 30MB) on your computer running Windows 10/8.1/8/7. (As you may know, although you don't need to use iTunes to help you back up your iPhone, it's necessary for you to install iTunes on your PC to help MobiMover access your iOS device. )

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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".

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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". 

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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.

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Tip 2: Back up your iPhone photos via iCloud

In most of the cases, your "iPhone backup taking forever" is because you get too many photos on your device. Photos are always the biggest occupier of your iPhone storage. It's not strange that iTunes takes a long time to back up your iPhone photos. To help you out, you can back up your iPhone photos via iCloud services, which will automatically upload your iPhone photos to iCloud under WiFi network connection. What's more, you can download iCloud photos to your PC or Mac if you need after turning on iCloud Photos.

Tip 3: Back up your iPhone more frequently

If you back up your iPhone to the computer with iTunes for the first time, a slow iPhone backup is almost inevitable since all the files on your iPhone are new to iTunes. While if you back up your iPhone regularly, you will find each backup can be done more quickly.

Tip 4: Remove unused Apps or unwanted files from your iPhone

All the data on your iPhone needs time to be backed up. Don't burden iTunes with the items you don't need anymore. If you find your iPhone backup taking a long time, don't hesitate to delete the unused Apps or undesired files like photos, videos, audios from your iPhone to help iTunes back up your iPhone faster. If you don't know how to remove these files from your device, learn how to make it from the article about how to free up iPhone space.