When it comes to data backup, there are two schools: those who swear by the cloud, and the more adventurous who prefer good old backups made on physical media. If the process of backing up iPhone content to the cloud becomes trivial, as it is almost entirely automated, creating to support The device data on your PC or Mac requires several actions on your part.
The process, which was completely normal, evolved, and creating an iPhone backup on a PC or Mac is an exercise you may not be familiar with anymore.
If you are using a Windows PC, the process remains the same as it was a few years ago as you will have to go through iTunes, Apple’s multimedia player which is also used to sync data on iPhones, iPads and other iPods.
However, on Macs, the process may differ depending on your version of macOS: in Catalina, Big Sur and Monterey, everything happens directly in the Finder, while in macOS Mojave and earlier, you will have to resort to using iTunes.
Here is everything you need to know to backup your iPhone content locally on your computer.
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1. Download and install iTunes
To backup your iPhone to your Windows PC, you will definitely need to download iTunes. Apple’s media player is also used to manage, sync, and backup iPhone, iPad, and iPod data.
You can download and install it directly from the Microsoft Store or download iTunes as an executable to install manually on Windows.
2. Connect your iPhone to PC
Using a Lightning cable, connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Permission accepted Trust this computer by choosing yes on your iPhone, then type in your unlock code.
Click on Continue on iTunes on your computer to allow the computer to access your iPhone information.
3. Start the backup
In iTunes, click the button that holds a file Iphone Top left next to the dropdown menu a musician.
You are now on your iPhone’s management page. In the department to supportto specify this computer Then click the button Make a backup now. iTunes should then start the process of backing up your iPhone to your computer.
Note that you will first need to check the box Encrypt local backup And create a password if you want to be able to include your health and activity data stored on your iPhone (and Apple Watch) in the backup.
Be patient, the process can take several tens of minutes depending on the amount of data stored on your device. When the backup is complete, iTunes will automatically display the date and time of the backup under the mention last save.
On macOS Catalina, Big Sur and Monterey
1. Open a Finder window
If you have a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, backing up your iPhone will be done directly from a file discoverer.
Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a Lightning cable and open a window on discoverer. In the left column, in the section stadiumschoose your right Iphone.
2. Start iPhone Backup
If you plan to include health and activity data stored on your iPhone (and Apple Watch) in your backup, check the box Encrypt local backup and create a password.
Then select the option Backup all your iPhone data to this Macthen click the . button Make a backup now.
Now be patient, the backup process can take several tens of minutes depending on the amount of data stored on your iPhone. When the backup is complete, remind The last backup on this Mac followed by the date and time of the backup.
On macOS Mojave and earlier
1. Connect your iPhone and open iTunes
Start iTunes and connect your iPhone to your Mac using a Lightning cable.
Your iPhone may display a popup Trust this computer. If so, select yes Then type your unlock code.
Similarly on your Mac, you may need to click Continue on iTunes To authorize the device to access the information on your iPhone.
2. Go to the iPhone admin panel
At the top left of the iTunes window, click the button with the extension Iphoneright next to the dropdown menu a musician. Now you are facing the Manage iPhone Sync and Backup window.
3. Start the backup
If you want to include health and activity data stored on your iPhone (and Apple Watch) in your backup, check the box iPhone Backup Encryption and create a password.
Then select the option this computerthen click the . button Make a backup now To start backing up your iPhone content.
Go get a coffee while the backup is in progress, the process can take several tens of minutes depending on the amount of data to be backed up. Once the backup is complete, on-line last save It should display the date and time of the backup you just created.
Now that your iPhone is backed up locally on your computer, you can restore all of its data to a new device, or to your current iPhone if you just reset it. The procedure for restoring a backup is similar to the procedure for creating a backup. The only difference, you will have to click the button Restore the backup To enter all saved data to your new device.