[2 Ways] How to Sync iPhone Without iTunes

You can sync iPhone without iTunes in many ways. This guide will show you three ways about how to sync iPhone to iPhone, Mac, and Windows PC without iTunes.


By Demi / Updated on December 5, 2023

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Backup contents of iPhone without iTunes

Hi, I don’t want to sync the contents between my iPhone and iTunes but I really need to backup (and restore) music, photos, videos, etc. Any advice, please?

- Question from Apple Community

Originally, iTunes is used to organize, collect and store Apple users’ music collections. You're also allowed to backup iOS devices using iTunes. However, the performance of iTunes is less than satisfactory. Do you start to search for other ways to sync iPhone without iTunes after encountering kinds of iTunes problems? Is there any way to sync iPhone music, photos, contacts, etc. without iTunes? Keep reading, and you will find what you want in this passage.

Method 1. Sync iPhone to Windows computer without iTunes

If you are using a Windows PC, you can sync iPhone with third-party software. I’d like to recommend to you a professional and multiple-functional tool, FoneTool. It provides Windows users an easy way to sync their iPhone, iPad, and iPod to Windows computer.

What you can benefit from FoneTool
👍 Sync more types of files. FoneTool allows you to backup not only purchased and non-purchased music. Photos, videos, contacts, and messages on your iPhone are also included.
👍 Preview and selective process. During the backup task, you're able to preview and backup selective files from iPhone to computer in an incremental way.
👍 Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15, iPad (including iPad 2023), and iPod Touch. It also works well with versions of iOS, like iOS 17.
👍 Simple design and operation.  With a clear interface, FoneTool is pretty user-friendly. You can sync iPhone to Windows with a few clicks.

Tutorials about how to sync iPhone without iTunes on Windows PC
Step 1. Click the icon below to download FoneTool and install it on your computer.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to the computer > Click Phone Backup on its homepage. Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 3. You can click each icons to preview and select the wanted files you'd like to backup > Click OK to confirm.

Select Files

Step 3. Choose a storage path as you like (The backup file can be saved in a local folder, an external hard drive, as well as USB) > Click Start Backup to complete the task.

Click On Backup

When the backup task is finished, you can go to Backup History to browse, manage, or delete the backup files. Besides, FoneTool also enables you to restore the backup file to your previous iPhone and any other iOS device.

Restore To Device

The feature-rich FoneTool also provides you with powerful iCloud sync functions, which enables you to sync files from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes between different iCloud account.

choose files to sync

Method 2. Sync iPhone to Mac without iTunes 

If you have a Mac, you can choose to backup iPhone to Mac without iTunes. After you update to macOS Catalina, you will find iTunes has been divided into Music, TV, and Podcasts apps, and none of them can help you sync iPhone. Instead, you can head to Finder to sync, backup, and restore your iPhone, iPad on Mac.

What you can sync with the Finder
Albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and audiobooks.
Photos and videos.
Contacts and calendars.

Using Finder to sync iPhone on Mac
Step 1. Open the Finder > Connect your iPhone with the computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. When the iPhone appears in the sidebar of the Finder > Click your iPhone to select it.

Step 3. Select the type of content you want to sync > Select the checkbox next to Sync > Repeat the step until you select all items you want to sync.

Sync Iphone With Finder

Step 4. Click Apply in the lower-right corner to start.


Has your problem about how to sync iPhone without iTunes been solved? Under different circumstances, this passage gives you methods to sync iPhone without iTunes to Windows PC and Mac. You can try one of the two methods according to your need. It would be appreciated if you can share this passage to help more people. 

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.