How to Backup and Restore iPhone from iTunes before Jailbreak

What is iTunes?

As an iPhone user, we have no excuse to know nothing about iTunes. Briefly, iTunes is the home to all things entertaining. It is the easiest way to enjoy the music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books you’ve already got — and shop for the ones you want to get. Is it just the platform that let you entertain? No, it is more than this! By the way, let’s know more about iTunes.

iTunes Radio

iTunes radio

iTunes radio

Maybe after Apple’s keynote at WWDC 2013, all anyone could talk about was iOS 7. All we talk about is when iOS 7 beta is released, how to install iOS 7 beta on iPhone and when will official iOS 7 will release and so on.

Unfortunately, we disregarded another important announcement from the event: iTunes Radio, the company’s foray into online music streaming.

Like Pandora, iTunes Radio tracks what a person listens to over the air. However, it can also see what he or she downloads from iTunes. If the team behind iTunes Radio thinks the way other online radio listeners do, they’ll know what to stream based on that listener’s downloads. Online radio is a discovery and testing ground, but our libraries are for keeps. The more music we hear that’s like the music we own, the more we’ll use the service, leading to more purchases on iTunes. And because it will have access to years of previous iTunes purchases, it means fine tuning a station won’t have to be done from scratch the way it is with Pandora. iTunes Radio will know a listener’s tastes from day one.

Learn more about iTunes Radio:

What iTunes Can Do for Us besides Entertainment?

Just as I have said before, iTunes is absolutely more than a platform that gives us entertainment only. We should use it for more. Before jailbreak or iOS update, or other adventurous operation, we always worry about the iPhone data loss. So how can we avoid the data loss? Today, I will tell you something about iTunes backup and restore. When we use iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other iOS device, we will install iTunes on our computer, and every time we connect our device to computer, iTunes will prompt us to make an iTunes backup if we didn’t disable the automatic sync option.

As a matter of fact, since our iPhone or other mobile device houses so much important personal information, we must keep a good habit to backup our data regularly and frequently. Do you know how to backup iPhone data with iTunes? Let’s see it together.

How to Back Up iPhone with iTunes?

When you sync with iTunes and right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose “Back Up, iTunes will create backups of your iOS device automatically. Note that if you have iCloud backup turned on, iTunes backup will be disabled.

Of course, when you want to make manual iTunes backup, you can follow the steps below:

1. Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.

2. Click the “File” menu and select “Devices > Back up”.


1. Connect your iOS device (iPhone) to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.

2. Open the iOS device’s Summary tab.

3. Click the “Back Up Now” button.

Tip: To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.

iPhone backup and restore

backup iPhone with iTunes

Now that we have learnt how to backup our iPhone with iTunes, we should learn how to restore from iTunes backup when iPhone data is lost.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup?

Due to accidental reasons, we may lose iPhone data unfortunately. Then we can restore iPhone from the backup we ever made. Here is the iTunes backup location.

To restore information from a backup, use one of the following methods after connecting your iOS device to the computer with which you normally sync:

Method 1: Click the “File” menu and select “Devices > Restore from Back up”.


Method 2: Open the iOS device’s Summary tab then click the “Restore Backup” button.

Note: There are two ways to access Summary tab:

1. Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)

2. From any view in iTunes, click the “View“ menu and select “Show Sidebar“. Select your iOS device in iTunes under “Devices“.

How about you have no backup but still lose iPhone data or in the worst case, you lost your iPhone and only have iTunes backup? Then you have no iPhone to connect with iTunes. Let alone restore from iTunes backup. Don’t worry, we have measure to restore your iPhone data. We can use a piece of professional software – data recovery for iPhone, which can restore data directly from iPhone without backup or restore data from iTunes backup without iPhone.

Correspondingly, iPhone data recovery provides two recovery modes- Recover Data from iOS Device & Recover Data from iTunes Backup File.

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One thought on “How to Backup and Restore iPhone from iTunes before Jailbreak

  1. hekuig

    I have iTunes backup and my iPhone is OK to connect with iTunes, so I followed your guide, but still failed to restore the data. So how can I do?


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