By Dylan / Last update April 20, 2020

How to create an iPhone backup?

----My iPhone storage is almost full, so I decided to backup iPhone data to computer. Could you please introduce some methods of backing up iPhone and give me some advice?

- Question from an Apple User

iPhone is your good friend in your daily life. It would tell you to get up in the morning. You could use it to call your family and receive messages. During the journey, you could take photos and videos to share them on Facebook or Instagram. Thousands of apps on iPhone would meet all your needs.

It seems that iPhone records life. Your photos, videos, or messages could remind you of the past, and other useful data could even bring you a fortune. You should protect the data about you and it means that you should create an iPhone backup, so your memory and fortune would never be damaged.

iPhone XR

What’s iPhone backup?

Creating iPhone backup is saving the important data on iPhone to another place, so you could restore data if your iPhone is lost or corrupt. There are a lot of applications could help you to create iPhone backup, you could choose one or two of them according to your needs.

Usually, you could create an iPhone backup on your computer, because you have enough space on PC. In addition, saving iPhone backup on your PC means that your privacy is safe.

iTunes Logo

Some people would prefer a cloud tool, for you could retrieve data from remote terminal. You could also backup iPhone to your NAS, because it is your own server.

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What to save? There is so much data on iPhone, including photos, contacts, messages, call logs, bookmarks, health data, etc. You should save the data you need. If you wish to completely recover your iPhone one day, you should try iTunes or iCloud introduced in this passage.

Backing up iPhone is necessary. You don’t want to regret not creating an iPhone backup after accidentally losing iPhone data. If you met with issues like iTunes backup session failed, you should follow the solutions to complete iPhone backup.

Method 1. How to fast create iPhone backup and restore iPhone on PC?

You should know what you want to save and then you could create an iPhone backup on PC. AOMEI MBackupper could help you to backup photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages from iPhone to computer. It is a free professional iPhone backup tool. If you want to create an iPhone backup to save these data, AOMEI MBackupper would be the best tool.

  • Preview files on iPhone and select the wanted ones

  • Transfer data at amazing speed

  • Selectively restore data to another device including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (iOS 13 supported)

  • Restore device without damage the existing data

  • Backup and restore iPhone on Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer

Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Select your wanted iPhone files

Click Custom Backup and then click an icon to view the files in the folder. After you selected enough files, click OK to return to the home screen.

Select Files

Step 3. Create iPhone backup to computer

Click Start Backup on the home screen and your iPhone data would be saved to computer in seconds.

Click Start Backup

● When you need to restore data from this backup, just connect the target iPhone to computer, select the task in Backup Management, and select Restore.
● If you need to view iPhone backup on computer, select the task in Backup Management and then click the eye icon or the pin icon.

Pros & Cons:
● Allow you to select iPhone files
● Allow you to restore files to another Apple Device
● Allow you to view backup on computer
● Allow you to keep iPhone files during the restoration
● Not allow you to backup other files
● Not allow you to backup and restore iPhone on Mac

Method 2. How to create iTunes backup on PC/Mac?

iTunes could not only be used to purchase and play songs. You could also use it to create an iPhone backup on your Windows PC or Mac. It could help you completely restore iPhone, but you must know what iTunes backup includes and how it works, before you do that.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iTunes on PC or Mac

If you use Windows PC, you need to download iTunes. If you use a Mac, just open iTunes. If you use Mac OS Catalina, you should backup iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Connect iPhone to PC or Mac with a good USB cable, find the device icon in iTunes and click it to interact with your iPhone.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Create iPhone backup to PC or Mac

There are not so many options if you use iTunes to create iPhone backup. If you wish to save Activity, Health, and Keychain data in this backup, you need to check Encrypt local backup. After that, Click Back Up Now to create an iPhone backup to PC or Mac.

iTunes Encrypt Local Backup

Pros & Cons:
● Allow you to save most data on iPhone
● Allow you to completely restore iPhone
● Allow you to restore files to another Apple device (Incompatibility of deferent iOS might let restoration fail)
● Allow you to backup iPhone both on PC and Mac
● Not allow you to select files
● Erase iPhone data during restoration

Method 3. How to create iCloud backup in iPhone Settings?

iCloud is a built-in application on iPhone. iCloud saves most iPhone data like iTunes. You could use it to backup iPhone photos or the whole iPhone to iCloud, so you could restore iPhone photos from iCloud.

To create an iCloud backup, just got to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Backup > enable iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.

If you don’t tap Back Up Now, iPhone would automatically create an iCloud backup at night, but you need to make sure that there is enough iCloud storage, connect iPhone to power, and lock the screen.

Backup iPhone on iCloud

Pros & Cons:
● Allow you to save most data on iPhone
● Allow you to completely restore iPhone
● Allow you to restore files to another Apple device (Incompatibility of deferent iOS might let restoration fail)
● Consume no space on PC and Mac
● Allow you to select a part of files
● Erase iPhone data during restoration
● Require Internet during backup and restoration


Your iPhone space might be not enough, so you need to create an iPhone backup. iPhone data means a lot to you, so making an iPhone backup is very necessary.

You should choose the backup tool according to your own needs. Using AOMEI MBackupper could let you selectively backup and restore iPhone. If you wish to make a full backup iPhone and don’t mind erasing iPhone data when restoring, you could choose iTunes or iCloud.

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