Top 4 Ways on How to Backup iPhone To PC

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2022-08-18 / Update for  iPhone Backup

People's handset contains important data such as files, images, videos, and so many different kinds of data with significant value. And this data must be preserved. If in case this data is lost for some or the other reasons such as theft or accidental damage to the handset, people need this data. And hence, they backup iPhone to PC. Backing up your data to the PC gives you the guarantee that you have your data with you in case if it is damaged.

But do you know how to backup iPhone to computer? If not, here are some methods that might help you.

Way 1: Backup iPhone to PC using iTunes

One of the most used methods by users to backup iPhone to PC is via iTunes. iTunes is the software that is provided by Apple for such stuff. All you need to do is follow the given below steps to backup iPhone to PC with iTunes.

  • Connect your iPhone to the PC sing USB cable and run the latest version of iTunes.
  • Click on the device icon the top left.
  • Go to Summary > Back Up Now. Wait for the process to finish. Click Done when finished.

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Way 2: Backup iPhone to PC via iCloud Sync (Photos Only)

When it comes to iPhone data sync and backup, people will often think of the iCloud. But how many of you know exactly how to use the iCloud Sync function? Don't worry, you'll know it from this part. iCloud sync is another method offered by the Apple official, by which you can sync your iOS data across devices without the third-party tool. So the synced data can also be a backup from your iPhone. If you don't have a lot of data to sync, then iCloud is a great choice for you because iCloud only provide 5 GB free storage.

Here are the steps to use iCloud sync:

  • On your iPhone, go to settings and tap on your Apple account.
  • Then tap on iCloud, and you'll see many data types here. Turn on the Photos and wait for a while. (Note: You need to connect a fast-speed internet and make sure your iPhone has enough power.)

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  • Then on your computer, download iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID. Then select the "Photos" and click on "Options". Select the "Shared Albums".
  • Then you need to click "Apply". Wait for a while and you can get your iCloud backup files in the computer's File Explorer.

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Way 3: Backup iPhone to PC with Finder (Mac Only)

If you're using Mac running macOS Catalina or higher, then you will not be new to Finder, which can also be a solution to backup iPhone to PC. Finder can backup your iPhone data on Mac and then restore them to your mac, but you cannot select the backup data types in Finder. If you want to preview your iPhone data before backup, then we recommend you move to the next method. Here are the detailed operation steps:

  • First you need to connect your iPhone to Mac using a digital cable. Then open Finder
  • Then click Go and select Computer. Then you'll see your iPhone under the Location list. Click on it.
  • Then select "Back up your most important data on your iPhone to iCloud" on the right interface, and click "Back Up Now".
  • Wait for the backup to complete. You can restore the backup after the process is completed.

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Way 4: Selectively Backup iPhone to Computer with iCareFone

Even though iTunes is easy to use, it lags one feature that is needed the most for all the users. While backing up your data each time, you need to backup the entire data. This is time consuming and redundant work. People need a tool that can selectively backup their data. They need a tool that can save their time by backing up only that data which users need to backup. And it is this time when Tenorshare iCareFone comes into picture. It is the best way to backup iPhone messges, photos, videos, music and other up to 20+ files to PC. It can help you export your iPhone photos to pc with only one-click, and manage multiple iOS files in one tool. It's also compatible with the latest iOS 15 and iPhone 13 (Mini)/Pro (Max).

Here are steps that you need to follow.

  • Connect your iPhone to the PC and run the tool. After the iPhone is detected, choose "Backup & Restore" option from the menu situated at the top.

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  • All the files will be selected by default. You can deselect and choose different files that you need to backup.

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  • Once you have selected the files, click Backup and wait for the process to end.

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You just had a look on the top 3 methods that can be used to backup your iPhone to computer. You had a look on the traditional method that is used by almost every user. You saw how to backup your data to computer using iTunes,iCloud and Finder. But, backing up using iTunes, iCloud and Finder can be time-consuming since it does not backup only selected data, but rather ends up backing up entire data every time. Hence, it is recommended to use Tenorshare iCareFone to selectively backup data to PC. This tool backs up your data smartly saving your time and space by selectively backing up the data.