Backup iPhone Data
1.1 Backup iPhone Data
1.2 Backup iPhone Contacts
1.3 Backup iPhone Messages
1.4 Backup iPhone Notes
1.5 Backup iPhone iMessages
1.6 Backup iPhone Photos
1.7 Backup iPhone Apps
1.8 Backup iPhone Music

How Do I Backup My iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4/3GS to iTunes/iCloud/Computer


iPhone backup is a good habit to avoid any data loss. However, still some questions about iPhone backup have been puzzled you.

Why won't my iPhone backup to iCloud?
How to backup iPhone to iTunes?
How do I backup all data on my iPhone?

Backup My iPhone

How to Backup My iPhone

In you have such questions that's related to backing up iPhone. Don't worry. Keep reading the tutorial and you can find all possible solutions.

Method 1: How to backup iPhone to iCloud

iCloud is the tool Apple provides for its users to make iPhone backup. Before you start to backup your iPhone to iCloud, you need to pay attention to the following notes:

1. iCloud backup your iPhone data to cloud storage (free 5GB), not on other spaces on your computer.

2. iCloud only lets you check part data (Mail, Contacts, Photos, Calendar, iCloud Drive, Notes, Reminders, Pages, etc.) on iCloud backup (

3. iPhone won't backup to your iCloud, check your iPhone Wi-Fi is on.

Steps of making iPhone backup to iCloud

What you need: your iPhone, iCloud account, Wi-Fi

Step 1On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Backup" and slide it to ON > "Back Up Now". Here iCloud will automatically backup data such as your photo library, accounts, documents, Health data, Home configuration, and settings.

How to Backup iPhone to iCloud

Step 2For backing up part data like contacts, photos, calendar, etc. you need to go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > slide "Photos"/"Mail"/"Contacts", etc. to ON from OFF. If it is ON, slide it to OFF > "Keep on My iPhone" > Slide it to ON > "Merge".

After backing up iPhone data to iCloud, you need to read this post to restore iPhone form iCloud backup.

Method 2: How to backup iPhone to iTunes

iTunes is also the free program made by Apple to enable users to make iPhone backup to iTunes. Still attention you need to pay:

1. iTunes backup iPhone to computer (Windows/Mac) space, so you do not worry about the storage.

2. You can backup your iPhone on iTunes, but you can only view the media files from the backup file.

3. You are forced to back up all data (in the attached list) that iTunes backup on your iPhone to iTunes library file without optional data like iCloud.

What Data Can iTunes Backup

Photos and Images

Camera pictures taken, screenshots, images saved, wallpapers, etc.

Media Files

Movies, music, videos (other app/device), ringtones, etc.

Messages & Call Logs

iMessage, carrier SMS, voice message, contacts, call history, etc.

Application Data

• App settings, preferences, data, documents and install profiles
• App Store purchased application data
• Game Center and Mail account (messages aren't backed up)
• Keychain (all accounts passwords to enter into websites or application, including Wi-Fi passwords)
• Home screen arrangement, Paired Bluetooth devices, etc.


• Network settings (Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN settings, network preference)
• Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings

Memos & Calendar & Bookmark

• Notes, voice memos, voicemail token
• Calendar accounts, subscribed calendars, events, etc.
• Safari and map bookmark


• Safari history, offline data, browse cache, mail cache/message/attachments, temp files, etc.

Steps of backing up iPhone with iTunes

What you need: iPhone, computer with latest iTunes, USB cable

Step 1Plug your iPhone to computer, and run iTunes at the same time.

Step 2Find and click your iPhone icon on iTunes, where you can find options for your iPhone. Click "This Computer" > "Back Up Now" to start to backup your iPhone to this computer on iTunes.

Backup iPhone to iTunes

Method 3: How to backup my iPhone to computer selectively (Recommended)

In this way, we will use one backup tool, iOS Data Backup & Restore, to help you backup your iPhone to computer selectively.

Step 1Free download FoneLab on PC and open the program, choose iOS Data Backup & Restore option in the main interface.

iOS Data Backup Restore

Step 2In order to backup on iPhone, connect your iOS device to your computer, and then select iOS data Backup option.

iOS Data Backup

Step 3Wait until your iPhone was detected by the program automatically. Click "Start" button and select file type you want to backup. Here you can choose Photos, Messages, Call History, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, etc.

Select File Type

Note: You can also choose the default "Standard backup" option to "Encrypted backup" in order to protect private information.

Step 4Backup iPhone

Click "Next" button, and confirm the backup path in the pop-up window, then click Backup button to save your backup files in the local disk.

Backup iPhone

More features you need to know:

Method 4: Transfer iPhone data (including the deleted data) to computer with FoneLab

Make iPhone backup is a good habit to avoid data loss. However, if you are unfortunate to get files on iPhone deleted or lost, then this tool, FoneLab will do you a great favor. Why? Focus on the tips:

1. Fonelab will back up the existing data and the deleted files on your iPhone to computer.

2. It can also back up a broken iPhone, water damaged or locked iPhone to computer.

Steps of making iPhone backup to computer with FoneLab

What you need: FoneLab, iPhone, USB cable

Step 1After download, you need to install and launch FoneLab on your computer. Meanwhile, connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2Select "Recover from iOS Device" > "Start Scan" to let this program scan your iPhone.

Step 3After the successful scan, you can click the data type on the left sidebar, and view the details on the right window. Select the items that you want to migrate to computer, and click "Recover" to extract data from iPhone to computer.

Backup iPhone to Computer with FoneLab

The item names are marked in red color are those deleted items, while black are for the existing data on your iPhone. In this way, you could also retrieve the deleted data from your iPhone.

For the iPhone is locked, you can visit this tutorial: How to backup a locked iPhone.

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December 31, 2019 16:20 / Updated by to Back up iOS Data