By Lena / Last update December 6, 2022

Why Need iTunes Alternative for iPhone

iPhone has been an essential tool for us. Its creative design has made digital life more colorful. To protect the important data on iPhone, you’d better backup iPhone in advance to prevent data loss or other unpredicted events.

iTunes is the most known iPhone backup software, although it is actually a tool for music and video management. It also inherits the feature of iOS, high confidentiality. You have no options to view files before or after backing up let alone select the files you want.

Since backing up iPhone is necessary but you wouldn’t like to use iTunes, third-party iPhone backup software could be your choice.

Free iTunes Alternative for iPhone Backup and Restore - FoneTool

If you need a customized backup plan which means you are given options in every step to back the files you need and filter the files unwanted, FoneTool could perfectly meet your needs. It's a good iTunes alternative for Windows, not only allowing you to customize your backup plan, but also the restoration plan.

Outstanding Features of FoneTool:
✓ Preview Files. Whenever you back up or restore your phone, you can preview and select the files to get what you need.
✓ Customized Plan. You would be given options in every step so as to make sure that you are backing up or restoring the needed files.
✓ No Data Loss. FoneTool will not erase any existing data during the restoration.
✓ Widely Compatible. It supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 13. It also supports iPad and iPod Touch.

How to Use the iTunes Alternative for iPhone

FoneTool supports full backup and custom backup. The full backup will backup all iPhone content and settings while the custom backup will backup the files you selected. Click the download button to get the iTunes alternative for iPhone and see how to use it.

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>> Full Backup and Restore

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

2. Click Phone Backup on the left pane. Move the mouse to Full Backup and click  Get Started.

Full Backup

3. Enable backup encryption if you want to backup some private data > Click Backup Storage Path to choose a location to save the backup  > Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

When you want to restore the backup to iPhone, please choose Full Restore to make it.

>> Selective Backup and Restore

1. Open FoneTool and plug in your iPhone.

2. Click Selective Backup and select the files you want.

Custom Backup

3. Click an icon to select the files you want to backup > Click OK to continue.

view files

4. You can click Backup Storage Path to choose a storage path > Click on Start Backup button. Your task would be completed in seconds.

backup iPhone

If you need to restore your device, connect it to computer, select task in Backup Management and click the Restore to make it.

iTunes Alternative for iPhone - Cloud Tool

If you don’t want to backup iPhone to computer, you could find a cloud tool as an iTunes alternative to back up your iPhone. There are many cloud tools on the Internet, and let’s introduce the two proper ones.

Apple’s Official Tool - iCloud

iCloud is an official tool released by Apple allowing users to directly upload files to the cloud with network. It could be used as an iTunes alternative for iPhone, while it also has shortcomings that you can just select the whole folder like whole pictures or messages. You can’t select any single one. The storage is also limited. Every user is just allocated with 5GB of free storage or you need to pay for additional storage. The following steps are how to use it.

1. Go to Settings, tap your name, select iCloud and then iCloud Backup.

2. Toggle on iCloud Backup.

3. Tap Back Up Now to back up your iPhone to iCloud.

iCloud backup

To view your iCloud backups, you need to enter iCloud with step1, tap Manage Storage and then Backups. You can just view how much storage has been covered, not the files.

Cloud Tool with Large storage - Google Drive

Feel 5GB is not enough for your iPhone? Try Google Drive with 15GB free storage. Except for large storage, there is another advantage for Google Drive to be iTunes alternative that you could view the backed-up files with it. Follow these steps to use Google Drive.

1. You need to download Google Drive in App store. Make sure you already have a Google account or you need to sign in first.

2. Tap the horizontal icon in the upper left > Tap the Settings icon > Select Backup.

3. Select Start Backup. In this step, you can select whether to backup contacts, calendar events or photos &videos.

If you want to upload files to Google Drive, tap the blue circle button in the lower-right corner and then select Upload to upload the files.

Google Drive upload

Tips: Google Drive share15GB of storage with other Google products. Mind your storage if you are using other Google products like Gmail and Google Photos.


FoneTool is one free iTunes alternative for iPhone to easily backup & restore your iPhone to the computer. If you prefer a cloud tool, you could use the built-in tool iCloud. If more storage is needed, you could go to Google Drive for larger storage. If you like this passage, would you please share it to help more people? Thanks a lot.

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad