By Dylan / Last update February 3, 2023

Choose an iPhone Backup Software

In the information era, our life is closely associated with data, which records our life and work. We have many files like pictures, videos, messages, and emails, etc. on our iPhones. You might think your life or work is not related to information technology so that you don’t have to worry about that data disaster would happen to you, but the truth is that data has been part of your life.

For example, if you lost your phone while the data haven’t been backed up, the pictures and messages might be gone forever, because it’s hard for you to retrieve your memory without them. What’s worse, if there were crucial contacts, your business could be hard. Consequently, backing up your iPhone is vitally important.

Now you can refer to the following content, we will introduce 4 commonly used iOS backup tools for Windows and Macbook in 2023, 2022.

#1 FoneTool - The Best iPhone Backup Tool (Windows)

FoneTool could be the best free iPhone backup software for Windows 10, 11, 8, 7. It enables you easily backup photos, videos, messages, contacts, settings, app data, and other data. You can easily choose which kind of files you would like to back up and restore in the user-friendly interface.

  • Easily Backup: You could see all the features clearly on the interface and even complete the task without guidance.

  • Different backup methods: It allows you selectively/partially backup iPhone data or backup all iPhone data easily.

  • Quickly Restore: The procedure of restoration is simple, too. Select the backup file, click on Restore and your files would be fast transferred to your device without covering any data.

  • Preview Files: Whenever you back up or restore your iPhone, you could preview and select the files you need.

  • Flexible Selection: For example, when you back up the photos, you could select just some of them rather than the entire folder and you can also do this when restoring your phone. It also allows you to restore files to another device including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Widely Compatible: It supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 16.

Use FoneTool to Easily Backup and Restore Your iPhone

It just requires simple operation for backup and restoration. Here we will guide you on how to backup your device with the "Selective Backup" and "Full Backup" features.

Part 1.Selective Backup (Selectively backup photos, music, videos, contacts, messages)

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap "Trust" on it.

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Step 2. Click Selective Backup under More Features. Click an icon to select the files you want and click OK to return.

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Step 3. Click Start Backup and everything that you want would be save in backup copy to your computer.

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Part 2. Fully backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

The full backup function will create a full iPhone backup, which backup your photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), applications (data files, preference), system settings, etc.

Step 1. Run FoneTool, and click the Phone Backup feature on the left pane. And click Get Started.

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Step 2. Here you can encrypt the process to backup Activity, Health, Keychain, and other sensitive data. Then click Backup Storage Path to choose a location to save backup files. Click Start Backup.

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Wait for the backup process to get finished. To restore the backup files, just keep your iPhone connected with the computer. You can go to Backup History to restore backup files.

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#2 iTunes - Free Official Tool to Backup iPhone to PC (Windows and Mac)

iTunes is an official iPhone backup software for iOS products that can help you back up your iPhone to computer. It is very powerful for comprehensive features, but users often complain the interface is too complicated and has too many sections it is hard to find the feature they want, while you can still back up your iPhone easily with this software.

The merits of iTunes are that you can back up almost everything on your device except some files like messages and pictures had already been uploaded to iCloud, and it works both on Windows and Macbook systems, while its deficiency is that it provides no other option so it takes a long time to back up your device and the backup file takes much storage.

Note: Default, iTunes saves backup in C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync. And it is not easily to change the location, if you want to save backup files in another location, you can go to this post: iTunes Backup Location on Mac & Windows PC.

How to use iTunes to back up your iPhone is as follows,

1. Download iTunes.

2. Plug your iPhone into your computer.

3. Tap Trust This Computer when your iPhone is detected.

4. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper left of iTunes.

5. Click the blue-button Back Up Now.

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#3 iCloud - Official Tool to Backup iPhone to the Cloud

iCloud is another official software of Apple device which can help you store your files to the cloud to optimize the storage of your iPhone. Every ID would be allocated with 5GB free storage. If you want to enlarge your iCloud, it’s $0.99 for another 50GB plan per month, $2.99 for 200GB and $9.99 for 2TB.

You can view those files on another device with iCloud.

1. Upgrade your iPhone to the latest version of iOS

2. Go to Settings and sign in with your Apple ID.

3. Go to Settings, tap your name and you can see iCloud.

4. Switch on the apps you’d like to back up.

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#4 Google Drive - Cloud Tool with High Capacity

You might find that 5GB of iCloud is not enough and you don’t want to buy extra storage every month. Google Drive can be another choice. It gives you 15GB of free storage. You can upload almost every kind of file to Google Drive but need to notice that it shares the 15GB storage with your Gmail account and Google Photo. The extra storage is also provided at a nice price compared to iCloud.

The following instructions are the steps of using Google Drive.

1. Download Google Drive in App Store;

2. Tap the icon of plus to add files;

3. Tap Upload;

4. Find the files you’d like to upload.

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There are a lot of iPhone backup tools on the Internet. This article introduces 4 useful and simple ones of them. If you are using a Macbook, you can use iTunes, iCloud to backup your iPhone. If you are using Windows computer, FoneTool is the best iPhone backup software in 2023, 2022 because of flexible and powerful backup features. 

FoneTool is more than an iPhone backup and restore software. It also helps you transfer iPhone data. For example, you can use it to transfer photos from iPhone to (HP) laptop, transfer data from Windows to iPhone, and transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.  

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