How to Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes

iTunes is not the only option for iPhone backup. This guide will show you how to backup iPhone to PC without iTunes.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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How to Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes

I want to save messages and contacts from my iPhone to computer, but iTunes does not support partial backup, so anyone could tell me how to backup iPhone to PC without iTunes?

- Question from an iPhone User

Can You Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes

iPhone could carry a lot of important data from you. Losing some photos for unexpectedly deleting messages would surprise you (in an unexpected way). You should take precautions for that bad situation, especially when you are going to upgrade iOS or jailbreak iPhone. It's necessary to backup iPhone in case of data loss.

Backup iPhone without iTunes

Speaking of iPhone backup, iTunes may be the first choice for most people. However, it's not user-friendly for you. You find it very powerful to get music and videos, but it leaves you puzzled when you backup iPhone with it. It could just do one thing, saving most data it thinks necessary but you might not think so.

iTunes does not support partial backup and restore. If you want to save just photos or contacts, you would still have to make a full backup of iPhone and it would be hard to view backup files. So is there an iTunes alternative for iPhone that allows you to control the backup? The answer is Yes! Keep reading to learn more.

How to Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes

If you use iTunes, it would not tell you what would be saved to computer because you would just find a button “Back Up Now” in iTunes. Even if you complete the backup, you would not view content in iTunes. What makes it more annoying is that restore iPhone from iTunes backup would clear everything on iPhone. It seems Apple emphasizes your privacy too much and leaves you with no choice of your own. If you want to backup iPhone to computer via an easier way, you could try a new tool.

FoneTool is a one professional iPhone backup tool for Windows PC users - developed by a team that has focused on data security for 10 years. It would let you save what you want to computer, easily manage backup files, and safely restore iPhone from backup without deleting files on iPhone.

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It supports all iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15. Get the tool now and follow the steps below to backup your important data.

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How to Backup iPhone to PC without iTunes - Full Backup

FoneTool can help you make a full backup of your iPhone. It will backup all iPhone content and settings including photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, etc. 

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

2. Click Phone Backup > Go to Full Backup and click Get Started.

Full Backup

3. Enable backup encryption to backup private data > Select a path to save the backup and click Start Backup

Start Backup

When you want to restore the backup, please go to Backup History > click the three-dots icon > click Restore to make it. The backup can be restored to any other device. 


How to Backup iPhone to PC without iTunes - Selective Backup

FoneTool also supports selective backup. You can preview and choose the data you want to backup/restore instead of all of them. It will not erase any existing data during the restoration.

1. Open FoneTool > Plug in your iPhone.

2. Click Phone Backup and go to Selective Backup.

Custom Backup

3. Click the icon of Photos, Videos, Music, Contacts, or Messages to view and choose the data you want to backup. 

Choose Files

4. Click Start Backup and you would find everything you have selected would be backed up to computer in seconds.


Managing your backup files with FoneTool would be easy. You could easily interact with your tasks in Backup History, from where you can check the backup files, restore the backups, delete the backups.

Backup Management


If you find iTunes is not so convenient for you and you want to backup iPhone to computer without iTunes, FoneTool could be your first choice. You could see what you are going to save and easily manage iPhone backup on computer. In addition, FoneTool can also help you transfer data between iPhone and computer, between two iPhones, while iTunes cannot. Download FoneTool and discover more!

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Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.