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

backup my iphone

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.






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