By Demi / Last update May 22, 2023

How do I backup my iPhone 13

For backing up my iPhone to PC, is it possible to choose what data backs up and what data doesn’t the same way you can for iCloud backups? There’s a lot of stuff I don’t even need to backup.

- Question from Apple Commnity


How do I completely backup my iPhone to my computer

I have bought a new iPhone 13 Pro Max but Quick Start not working when performing data immigration. Is there any way I can completely backup my iPhone 13 Pro to computer so that I can restore the backup to my new iPhone.

- Question from Apple Community

For most iPhone users, nothing can be more frustrating than finding out you’ve lost data on your iPhone because you forget to backup iPhone to PC. Indeed, rather than a tool for communication, iPhone plays an important role in daily life more because it contains too much data that you don’t want to lose.

Whether you are backing up your iPhone data on a daily basis or want to switch to new iPhone, follow the guide below to explore how to backup iPhone 13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max to PC via three useful tools, and you can choose the one you prefer to make an iPhone backup.

Way 1. Most recommended: Backup iPhone 13 to PC with FoneTool

FoneTool is a popular and professional iOS backup tool, which ensures you to backup iPhone easily and quickly.

Pros of FoneToll
✓ Preview and selective process. During the selectively backup iPhone process, you can preview the files, and select the wanted files to backup.
✓ Simple design and operations. Simple UI enables you to quickly handle it. And just within a few steps, you can finish backing up your iPhone.
✓ Fast backup speed. It won’t take you much time to complete the backup task.
✓ Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports kinds of iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14 (Plus)/14 Pro (Max), as well as different models of iPad and iPod. It can also work well with iOS like iOS 16/15.
✓ Two types of backup. FoneTool provides two types of backup services - Selective Backup & Full Backup. You can choose to backup everything or selective files on iPhone using FoneTool as per you need. 

On your computer, download and install FoneTool by clicking the icon below. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

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How to selectively backup iPhone 13/13 Pro/ 13 Pro Max/14/12 to PC
Step 1. In the Home screen of FoneTool, click Phone Backup > Get to Selective Backup and click Get Started to begin.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Make sure you have clicked each icon to select the files you want to backup to computer, then click OK.

Select Files

Step 3. Choose a storage path as you like > Click Start Backup to make it.

Click On Backup

When the task finishes, you can go to Backup History screen to locate, browse, and delete the backup files.

Restore To Device

How to backup everything from iPhone 13/13 Pro/ 13 Pro Max/14/12 to PC
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer > Open FoneTool and click Phone Backup > Choose Full Backup.

🩹 Warm Tip: If you are backing up all data from old iPhone and restore to a new iPhone, you can choose the iPhone to iPhone function from Phone Transfer to directly transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone.

Full Backup

Step 2. Enable Backup encryption as you like. If it is enabled, your data like Fitness records, Keychain, etc. will stay be private.

Backup Encryption

Step 3. Choose a storage to save the backup > Click Start Backup and wait until it finishes.

Start Backup

Way 2. Backup iPhone to PC using iCloud

As a built-in application, Apple provides you iCloud, the cloud storage service to backup iPhone to computer. You can easily get it in Settings on your iPhone.

Advantages of iCloud
✓ Backup iPhone to computer wirelessly. You don’t need to connect your iPhone to computer when using iCloud. However, only when your iPhone connects to a WiFi network, can the backup task starts automatically.
✓ Share the backup files with different devices with the same ID. Once your Apple devices sign in the same Apple ID, the data can be synced between them as long as they enable iCloud backup.

Disadvantages of iCloud
• iCloud only provides you with 5 GB of free storage space to backup iPhone. To get more space, you need to pay monthly.
• To be honest, iCloud is more suitable to transfer certain types of content to PC when compared with backup iPhone to computer. In addition, you cannot be sure which files have been transferred exactly.

Steps about how to backup iPhone 13/12/11 on computer using iCloud
To backup iPhone to PC using iCloud, you need to backup iPhone with iCloud and download iCloud backup to PC.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Switch on certain buttons you want to transfer to PC.

Turn On The Sync Toggle

How long iCloud backup takes on iPhone depends on many aspects like the number of files, WiFi condition, and the iPhone condition.

Step 2. When the backup task is over, go to on your computer and sign in with the same Apple ID you’re using on iPhone. Now, you can choose the wanted data to backup to PC.

iCloud Site

Step 3. Click Download icon on the top of the site. You will be asked to download the original or compatible format when you download iCloud photos to computer.

Download From iCloud Windows


Way 3. Backup iPhone to PC via iTunes

Besides iCloud, Apple also offers you to backup iPhone to PC via iTunes, which stores iPhone backup files on computer.

Merits of iTunes
✓ Encryption function. When you backup iPhone via iTunes, you can enable the encryption function to protect your privacy.

Demerits of iTunes
• Just like iCloud backup, you are not allowed to preview and select data during the process. Although you can locate iTunes backup in C drive, you cannot view the data, either.
• If you want to restore iTunes backup, it will overwrites everything on your iPhone with no choice.

Steps to make an iPhone backup via iTunes
Step 1. On your computer, download and install the latest version of iTunes for Windows.

Step 2. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

Step 3. Click the icon of your iPhone in the upper left corner of iTunes > Click Summary > Back Up Now.

Backup iPhone On iTunes

 When the task is over, you can go to iTunes > Preference > Devices to have a check.


That’s all about the three ways to backup iPhone 13/12/11 to PC thoroughly. Although Apple gives you two official apps to backup iPhone to PC, it is obvious that their demerits outweigh their merits.

Therefore, it is more recommended to backup iPhone without iTunes or iCloud but with FoneTool. For any queries or suggestions, feel free to contact us or leave your comments.

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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