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[Ultimate Guide] How to Back Up iPhone to iTunes

By Claire Wilson

November 06, 2018

"My iPhone has broken accidentally 2 days ago and I had it repaired. But when I receive it this morning I find out that lots of my saved data are gone. Is there any way to get it back?"

Unfortunately, if you have never backed up iPhone, then what lost is lost, which means that you can't have it again. Similar situation like this is not coincident, there are many people pay a price for not backing up data on iPhone. This post will provide you with two ways about how to back up iPhone, preventing the mistakes from happening again. You can choose the method that you love most to copy the data from iPhone to iTunes or PC. Keep reading and get to know more.

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Part 1. Back Up iPhone to iTunes

The first method is to back up iPhone with iTunes. If you enabled iTunes backups, your device will back up each time when you connect it to the computer automatically. Also, you are able to back up manually while it is still connected as long as you want.

Step 1. Update to the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2. Launch iTunes and connect your device to your computer.

Step 3. If there is a message showing on your device, which asks you to enter device passcode or to "Trust This Computer", just follow the instruction.

Step 4. Click on the device icon next to the category drop-down menu on the left side of the iTunes interface.

Step 5. Click "Summary" under the "Settings" option. Then in the "Backups" part, choose "iCloud" and "Encrypt iPhone backup" and create a memorable password.

Step 6. Finally, click on the "Back Up Now" button under the "Manually Back Up and Restore" option.

Backup iPhone to iTunes

Note: #1. If you don't need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn't encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
#2. The option "Encrypt iPhone back" enables you to back up your passwords, health, and HomeKit data. The passcode will be saved in Keychain.

Pros and Cons: Back Up iPhone to iTunes


• It's fast when you back up iPhone to iTunes compared with iCloud.


• iTunes backs up almost all data from iPhone, except content from iTunes and App Stores, content synced from iTunes, photos stored in iCloud, Touch ID settings, Apple Pay information, Activity, Health, and Keychain data.

Part 2. Back Up iPhone without iTunes

Compared with the first method, this way is much convenient than ever. With the help of TuneFab WeTrans, a professional and effective tool of transferring data between iOS devices or between iOS devices and Mac/PC, you can back up iPhone without iTunes effortlessly. Better do than say, let's see how to transfer iPhone data to the computer with ease!

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab WeTrans

Click the button below to download the installation package of TuneFab WeTrans, and then follow the instruction to install the program.

Note: #1. The free trial version can only allow you to transfer limited photos, music, and videos to the computer within 30 days.
#2. If you like the program, then you can access all the features of the registered version. Firstly, purchase the full version from our online store and the passcode will send to you via email, where there is a passcode. Then back to the program to paste the passcode to the right place.


Step 2. Launch TuneFab WeTrans

Before you run TuneFab WeTrans, please make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes who serves as a cooperator during the process. Once you launch the program, you can see the main interface like this:

Main Interface

Step 3. Connect iPhone to Computer

Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable, and then the basic information of your iPhone will appear on the screen. By clicking the pencil-like icon you are able to name your iPhone. On the left side of the window, there are 7 major options, including Home, Photos, Music, Videos, Contacts, Messages, and Toolbox—you can tell their function by their names.

Connect iPhone to Computer

Step 4. Select Data from iPhone

Since we are going to back up iPhone to computer, then we can go to "Toolbox" directly. There are 6 major options for you to choose from, and the right one is "Transfer Data to Folder".

Then select all types of data that you want to back up from iPhone to the computer. Photos, Music, Videos, Contacts, and SMS are listed with the exact number. If you purchased the registered version of TuneFab WeTrans, there no limit on what you are going to back up.

Transfer Data to Folder

Note: The music that you transfer from iPhone can't be played on a computer or other devices because of DRM. To remove DRM and enjoy Apple Music, you need a reliable DRM removal named TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert backed up Apple Music. In this way, the backed up Apple Music songs are playable on any devices.

Step 5. Select Output Folder

Click the "…" button under the "Destination" section to select an output folder for the backup files on your computer.

Select Output Folder

Step 6. Back up iPhone to Computer

After all the settings, click "Start" to transfer data from iPhone to the computer. Please wait a minute to have the process done.

Transfer Data to Computer


Now 2 methods have been unveiled and you are free to pick up the one suitable for you. Generally speaking, method 2 is better for its flexibility and the comprehensive cover of every type of data. Compared to back up iPhone with iTunes, it seems more powerful when you use the alternative - TuneFab WeTrans. Download one to copy iPhone data in case of further use.

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