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How to Backup Your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Using iTunes

By Lois Green, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lots of people are never aware of the importance of backing up their iPhone/iPad/iPod until data loss happened. You may lose your precious iPhone data in many situations, such as accident deletion, iPhone is stolen/lost/damaged or upgraded failure. If you are afraid of losing data on iPhone, it is never too late to start backing up your device.

Commonly, you can take a backup of your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud. Here we show you how to backup and restore iPhone with iTunes.

Part 1: Backup iPhone with iTunes in 3 Steps

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer. Then, open iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2. Tap the phone-like icon and select "This compute" under the "Automatically Back Up" section, then tap "Back Up Now" to start the backup process.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Note: For security reasons, by default, an iTunes backup will not include saved passwords, Wi-Fi settings, website history, or Health data. If you want to backup these contents, you can make an encrypted iTunes backup. In the Backups section, check the box for "Encrypt iPhone Backup" and input a password when promoted.

Encrypt iTunes Backup

Step 3. iTunes will show you that it is "backing up" and will take a while to finish according to the capacity of the data. When it finished, you can check for the latest backup.

Latest iTunes Backup


• In the process of backing up, you will be prompted to enter you Apple ID if some applications are not downloaded from App Store, otherwise, these data will not be synced to iTunes.

• If your iPhone, iPad or iPod is jailbroken, the package downloaded from Cydia will not be backed up as well.

• If you want to manage the backup, tap "Edit" button, then go to "Preferences" > "Devices".

Manage iTunes Backup

Part 2. Restore iPhone from iTunes

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your device to the computer.

Step 2. Tap the phone-like icon and select "Restore Backup."

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Step 3. Follow the instructions and finish the restoration.

Pros and Cons of Backing up with iTunes

Advantages of backing up with iTunes

1. iTunes backs up nearly all of your device's data and settings, but it doesn't include:

• Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks

• Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos (See how to backup iPhone Music, videos, photos and more without iTunes)

• Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library

• Touch ID settings

• Apple Pay information and settings

• Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)

2.  It's much faster to restore data using iTunes than iCloud.

Disadvantages of backing up in iTunes

1. It takes up storage of your computer. (See how to change iTunes backup location or move iTunes library to external hard drive)

2. It's less convenient to back up than using iCloud.

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