Believe it or not, a backup of your iPhone is of great importance during the period you are using iPhone. Many users are still confused about how to back up iPhone data. Here are the popular way in backing up iPhone. You can choose the one that suits you.
As a newbie, firstly you need to know what iTunes is. Generally speaking, it is not only a music playing program released by Apple, but also a very capable media management program which can produce backups of your iDivices like iPhone, iPad, or iPod on your PC.
There are two options to back up your iPhone: back up to your computer; back up to iCloud, in this way, you can get 5 GB of storage for free. You can use iCloud or iTunes to automatically back up iPhone. If you choose to back up using iCloud, you can’t also use iTunes to back up automatically to your computer, but you can use iTunes to manually back up to your computer.
Here is the step-by-step instruction on how to manually back up iPhone to computer with iTunes. Note: Some of these steps turn out to be unnecessary for some users, just follow the steps that apply to you.
Step 1. Install iTunes onto your computer, and then create an Apple ID.
Step 2. Launch iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 3. Connect your iPhone to the computer you normally sync with through USB cable and select it from the iTunes sidebar or at the top right of the screen if you're using the new layout.
Note: Make sure iCloud is turned off on your iPhone. You can't create backups using iTunes when iCloud is enabled. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn off the iCloud Backup switch. Step 4. Confirm you are on the Summary pane and click the large “Back Up Now” button.
Step 5. See the progress bar that tell you the status of your backup.
Step 6. Once complete, the date and time of your last backup will be updated.
Step 7. To view all the backups on your computer, select Preferences from the iTunes menu.
Step 8. All the backups are shown as a list in the Device tab.
Part 2: Back up iPhone without iTunes
If you think manually back up your iPhone is a little bit inconvenient, or you want to extract SQlitedb file, then you need an iPhone data recovery tool. iPhone Data Recovery (for Windows users) or iPhone Data Recovery (Mac) (for Mac users) is your best choice to back up iPhone data to PC. With this software, you can directly back up contacts, pictures, call histories, MMS, SMS, videos, etc. How does it work? Just follow 3 simple steps below.
Free download this software and give it a try! Step 1.
Run the Software and Connect iPhone to Computer.
Firstly, run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and connect your iPhone with cable. When your iPhone is detected, you'll get the interface as below.
Enter the DFU Mode and Start the Scan
Here are some tips to enter the DFU mode:
a. Hold your iPhone and click “Start” button.
b. Press “Power” and “Home” buttons on your iPhone at the same time for exact 10 seconds. The Software will count time for you.
c. After 10 seconds, you can release the “Power” button right away, but keep holding the “Home” button. You’ll be informed that you’ve successfully entered the DFU mode after another 10 seconds, and you can release the “Home” button now.
It’s not easy for you to enter successfully at the first time. It doesn't matter. Try it until you can make it. After you succeed, the program will scan your iPhone for data automatically, including photos, videos, contacts, messages, call history, etc.
Preview and Back up iPhone Data
When the scan finishes, all found data on your iPhone will be listed in categories as follow. You can preview the detailed content one by one, then mark those you want to back up and click "Recover" button to save them on your computer.
Note: Data found in each category includes those that you deleted recently. You can check them by sliding the button at bottom, "Only display the deleted items" in the red area.