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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.

Read more:

Learn more about iPhone backup, you can lick here. Here provide more methods about iOS device backup.

Easy Way to Back Up and Restore iPhone Data with iCloud before iOS 7 Update

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iOS 7

Official iOS 7, Coming this Fall

With an all-new design and all-new features, iOS 7 is the world’s most advanced mobile OS. It introduces great new features like Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. Also, with new iOS 7, things we do every day will become easier, faster, and more enjoyable.

However, though many of the apps look different, the way you do things feels perfectly familiar. This is also the matter that users favored. You don’t need to worry that you are unable to use the all-new gadget.

At present, only iOS 7 Beta which is designed for developers is available for us, though it is said that the beta is not stable enough to use. Many edgy iPhone users want to have a try with this new stuff. To be honest, there are many iPhone users who have tried the iOS 7 complained that they lost data when updating to iOS 7 Beta, so this is what I want to remind you: Backup your data before perform the iOS 7 update in case of data loss during the adventurous operation.


How to Backup Your iPhone Data before iOS 7 Update with iCloud?

Since we have known that it is better to make a backup of your iPhone data before iOS 7 update, then how and what you need to notice during the backup?

Note: iCoud backup supports only iOS 5 and the later version.

As long as you have enabled Backup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (Settings -> iCloud -> Backup & Storage), it will automatically back up the important data on your device. But notice that you need to make sure that your iPhone is connected to Internet over Wi-Fi, and is connected to a power source, plus, the screen should be locked.

Of course, you can also back up manually whenever your device is connected to Internet over Wi-Fi by choosing “Back Up Now” option (Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup).


When the iCloud is the Best Choice for iPhone Backup?

iCloud backup

backup and restore iPhone with iCloud

If you are the people who:

1. Prefer that iCloud take care of backups for you automatically when your device is connected to Wi-Fi and power.
2. Want to restore data to your device from almost anywhere via a broadband Wi-Fi connection.
3. Don’t connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC very frequently.
4. Don’t own a Mac or PC.
5. Would like an automatic backup solution to use in conjunction with iTunes Backup.


Then I think iCloud is the best choice for you to make backup.


Tips for Your iCoud Backup 

1. What would you get to backup unlimitedly?

When you backup purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books with iCloud, the storage is unlimited.

2: When would you get limited to free backup?

When you backup photos and videos in the Camera Roll, device settings (for example: Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts), App data, home screen and app organization, messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, visual Voicemails, only 5 GB space is available for free users, you need to pay if you want more space.

3. The following items are not backed up to iCloud. You can sync these items using iTunes with a computer: Music, movies and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store; Podcasts and audio books; Photos that were originally synced from your computer.

4. If you haven’t backed up your device to iCloud for a period of 180 days or longer, Apple reserves the right to delete the backups associated with that device. Review the iCloud Terms and Conditions for more information.


How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup?

Step 1: On your iPhone (or other iOS device), go to Settings > General > Software Update. If a newer version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install it.

Update your device to the latest version of iOS to make sure you can restore from a recent backup of another device, such as a lost or broken device.

Step 2: Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase all content and settings.”

Step 3: In the Setup Assistant, sign in to iCloud, tap “Restore from a Backup”, then choose from a list of your backups in iCloud.

Related information:

Backup iPhone and the comparison of iCloud, iTunes, iPhone Data Reocovey backup

Recover iPhone data after iOS update


When I Want to Backup My iPhone, What Should I Do?

From time to time, I hear a lot of iPhone users asking question: “What should I do when I want to make backup for my iPhone?” As is known to all, iPhone backup is a great stuff especially when you want to restore lost data from iPhone. Backing up your iPhone regularly is also a frequently recommended tip for your iPhone data safety. However, how to backup your iPhone? Read on, this article provides three methods for your iPhone backup.

# Method 1: Backup iPhone Using iCloud

If you enable Backup on your iPhone, that is, you set “Backup & Storage” switch to “ON” in Settings >iCloud >Backup & Storage. iCloud will automatically backs up most of your important  iPhone data if your iPhone using iOS 5 or later. And it will run on a daily basis as long as your iphone is:

  • Connected to the internet over Wi-Fi
  • Connected to a power source
  • Screen locked

Of course, you can also make manual

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backup my iphone

backup of your iPhone by choosing “Back Up Now”

in the Settings >iCloud > Storage & Backup.


iCloud Backed Up:

There is a detailed list of what is backed up by iCloud on your iPhone:

  • Purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books
  • Photos and videos in the camera roll
  • Devices settings such as iPhone Favorites, Wallpaper, Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts
  • APP data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages including iMesags, SMS, MMS
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail

iCloud Does Not Backed Up:

  • Music, movies and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store
  • Podcasts and audio books
  • Photos that were originally synced from your computer (Actually, only the photos in the camera roll is backed up)

What Are the Disadvantages of Backing up in iCloud?

  1. Though the backup space is unlimited for the purchased music, movies, TV shows from iTunes Store, the backup is nevertheless unavailable when the music, movies and TV shows are not in the iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore any more. For example, removed by Apple or its developers. In addition, backup of purchased music is not available in all countries, TV shows are only available in US.
  2. Except purchased music, movies, apps and books are unlimited for the storage. For other backed up data, only 5 GB storage is free. You have to pay for the additional iCloud storage when you want more.

 # Method 2: Backup iPhone with iTunes

If you turned off your iCloud, iTunes will automatically create backup for your iPhone when you:

  • Sync with iTunes
  • Ctrl-click ( or Right-click) your iPhone in iTunes and select “Back Up”

Also, you can make iPhone backup with iTunes manually by the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer, and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer, click “File” menu and select “Devices > Backup”.


In the second step, open the iPhone Summary tab. Two ways to access it:

The 1st way: Click your iPhone in the top right corner. If in the iTunes Store, click the library button.

backup iPhone with iTunes

backup iPhone with iTunes

The 2nd way: From any view in iTunes, click the “View” menu and select “Show Slidebar”. Choose your iPhone in iTunes under “Devices”.

  1. Press the “Back Up Now” button.
    backup my iPhone

    backup my iPhone

    Note: If you want to verify whether the backup is finished or not, go to the iTunes Preferences and choose the Devices tab. The backup with date and time will appear along with your iPhone’s name.

    make backup for iPhone

    make backup for iPhone

    Where Is the iTunes Backup?

    Now that you have an iTunes backup for your iPhone, do you want to know where does it locate on your computer? The following are the specific backup location on different computer.

    • Windows 8/7/Vista

    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

    • Windows XP and the lower version

    C:\Documents and Settings\ Administrator\ Application Data\ Apple Computer\ MobileSync\ Backup\

    • Mac

    ~Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

    What Is the Drawback of Backing Up iPhone with iTunes?

    When you access your iPhone backup by the path in the above, you can see a lot of iPhone file. The files are with no file suffix. So you don’t know what file format it is respectively. So you can’t view it directly.

    # Method 3: Backup iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery

    Generally, iPhone Data Recovery is a piece of data recovery software for iDevices. When your iPhone, iPad, or iPod data is lost, you can use it to recover the lost data from your iDevices. Besides, it can help you make backup of your iPhone. What’s more, the backup is viewable, you can view it directly from your computer disk where you save your iPhone backup.

    What Can Be Backed Up with iPhone Data Recovery?

    As a whole, 12 file types can be backed up with Data Recovery for iPhone. They are:

    • Photos ( including camera roll and other pictures on your iPhone)
    • Messages (including iMessages and native messages) ,SMS Attachments
    • Call History, Contacts
    • Voice Memos, Safari Bookmarks, Calendar, Reminders, Notes


    How to Backup Your iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery?

    First of all, download iPhone Data Recovery from

    Install it on your computer aright. When you launch it, there are two backup modes for choice – Recover iPhone Data from iOS Device & Recover Data from iTunes Backup File.

    Here I recommend mode 1 to you: Backup iPhone directly from iPhone device. Steps are as follows:

    • Step1: Connect your iPhone with your computer, and choose the “Recover Data from iOS Device”.

      iPhone backup software

      • Step 2: Enter DFU mode. The interface will give you specific steps and count time for every step, so it’s easy for you to make it.
      • Step 3: Scan your iPhone files
      • Step 4: Preview and backup iPhone files accordingly. This handy iPhone Data Recovery allows you to preview your iPhone files before make backup.

      In the final step, you need to specify a proper location for your iPhone backup on your computer disk. When done, you can go to the specified location to see your iPhone backup directly.

      Since so many methods for you to make backup for your iPhone, you can choose any one on your needs.                                                 Note: If your iPhone backup is locked with forgotten password, you can’t restore them from iPhone backup. So learn something about how to recover iPhone backup password.