By Dylan / Last update March 14, 2023

Why backing up iPhone on Windows is important?

Nowadays, People use iPhone to listen to music, watch movies, take photos to record life, as well as save a large number of personal files and business documents on them. Generally, there are 2 reasons why backing up iPhone data is vital.

Protect data from loss. Backup your iPhone will make a copy of your data that can be recovered once the data is damaged or lost. It is a necessary operation for protecting your precious personal data and vital business files.
Free up more space. Some iPhones don't have much space to store all our files, photos, videos, messages, and so on. If your iPhone is running out of space, you can transfer files from iPhone to external drive or a Windows PC to save some space.

Now, this article recommends you three methods of backing up your iPhone. You can select the one you prefer.

How to backup iPhone on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 computer

Method 1 - Fastest and easiest way to backup iPhone on Windows PC

Here we recommend a popular and powerful iOS backup tool named FoneTool. This tool helps you to easily backup photos, messages, videos, contacts, and other data and quickly restore data to your iPhone 14, 13, 12,11, X, 8, 7, 6, SE.

Compared with other backup tools, it owns several unique advantages and features meeting different backup demands, such as,

Selectively and fully backup. This tool allows you to choose one or more file types and select several files to backup, which is not supported by iTunes. So if you don't want to backup the whole iPhone, it helps a lot.
Fast backup. It provides a much faster speed than other backup tools. It shows that 1000 songs can be moved to a PC in about 30 minutes.
Intuitive and simple interface. This tool comes with an interactive and easy-to-use GUI making you complete the backup process within a few clicks.
Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports most models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14, as well as iPhone 13, 12, 11, iPhone X models, iPhone 8, 7, 7P, 6, 6s, and 5.

Now you can click the button to see how to use FoneTool to selectively and fully backup iPhone on Windows.

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How to selectively backup iPhone data to Windows 10/11/8/7

Step 1. Connect your iPhone with a PC and "Trust" this computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Install and open FoneTool. Click "Phone Backup" on the left side of the interface. Move the cursor to the "Selective Backup" and click "Get Started".

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✍ Note: If you want to only backup photos to your computer, please click "Photos Backup".

Step 3. Click an icon to select files you want to backup.

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Step 4. Select the files you want to back up and click the orange button OK.

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Step 5. At the lower button, you can click Backup Storage Path to decide where to save the backup files. Then click the Start Backup button.

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Then wait for the backup to get completed. You can easily find your backup files on Backup History.


How to fully backup iPhone data to Windows 10/11/8/7

Step 1. On the FoneTool, click "Phone Backup". Move cursor to the "Full Backup" and click "Get Started" run it.

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Step 2. If you want to backup private data, like Keychain, you can enable the "Backup Encryption". Then click "Start Backup". 

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Method 2. Backup iPhone to Windows PC with iCloud

iCloud is a cloud storage service provided by Apple. It can be another way to backup an iPhone without iTunes. Once enabling the iCloud service, your photos, videos, documents, and other files will be synced among your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

And now, after backing up data on your iPhone, you can view and download iCloud backup files on on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 computer.

✍ Note: here’s one important thing that it’s not totally free for you to support this service. You just have 5GB of free storage and have to pay for more iCloud storage.

Here is how to backup iPhone to iCloud:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi or WLAN and make sure that iPhone has enough power.

Step 2. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone, select “[Your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup”.

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Step 3. Click “Backup Now” to start to backup iPhone on iCloud.

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Step 4. When the backup process is complete, open your browser on your computer and go to: and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 5. Choose data your want to backup.

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Step 6. Select files you want to backup and click the "Download" button on the top of the site. If you are moving photos to your PC, you will be asked to choose an original or compatible format.

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Method 3. Backup iPhone on Windows computer with iTunes

iTunes is another backup way. This software is free for you but supports only full backup and full recovery. That means you have to backup almost full iPhone data on Windows, and could only restore everything to your iPhone from iTunes backup without choice. iCloud could select the data which you want to restore.

Here is how to backup iPhone to iTunes on Windows 11/10/8/7 computer with iTunes:

Step 1. Download, install iTunes for Windows.

Step 2. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to Windows computer.

Step 3. Click the icon of your iPhone in the upper left, select “Summary > Back Up Now”.

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Step 4. After the backup process has finished, you can go to “iTunes > Preferences > Devices” to check it.

► When the process is finished, you can go search the "Apple" or "Apple Computer" > "MobileSync" > "Backup" to find and view the iPhone backup files created by iTunes.
► To restore backup with iTunes, you can click the "Restore Backup" button on the "Summary", which is next to the Back Up Now. 
► The default location of iTunes backup location is C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync.
► If you want to backup your iPhone to an external disk, you need to open Command Prompt to run  MkLink /J "C:\Users\UserName\Apple\MobileSync\Backup" "C:\MobileSync\Backup". To know more information, you can refer to this post:  How to Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 PC.


Here we guide you on how to backup iPhone on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 computer or laptop. You can use iTunes to backup iPhone to computer or iCloud to backup iPhone to the cloud.

But by contrast, we can see that FoneTool is more suitable for backup iPhone 14, 13, 12, 11, X, 8, 7, and SE on Windows 11/10/8/7. It gives you more flexible selections with simple operations. You can easily backup your iOS device to computer or external hard drive. Besides, FoneTool also offers other features like converting HEIC to JPG or wiping an iPhone without iTunes before selling.

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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