Many unexpected incidents can lead to data loss on your iPhone, such as iPhone stolen, damaged or got lost, accidental deletion, reset, virus attack, jailbreak or even error operations. Therefore people need to know how to backup iPhone, most of the users will think of using iTunes at first. The iPhone backup created with iTunes includes contacts, text messages and so on, but it will not back up all data from iPhone to computer. Moreover, the iPhone backup is not viewable on your computer, and it can only be restored as a whole when you are going to restore data on your iPhone. Therefore, many may want to know how to backup your iPhone with no any data loss. In fact, you have couple of ways to backup iPhone. The following guidance will show you how to do it, if you are interested, just try the methods out.

Part 1. Backup iPhone with iTunes

This can be the primary choice when people want to know how to back up iPhone, iPad or iPod. Most of the important data like contacts, message and so on will be backed up to iTunes or iCloud. Backing up iPhone with iTunes is easy to be done, the following guidance will show you how to do it:

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

2. Save content that you downloaded from the iTunes Store or App Store by clicking File > Devices > Transfer Purchases. Then wait for the transfer to finish. If you’re using Windows and you don’t see a File menu, hold down the Control and B keys.

3. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you’ll need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and make a memorable password.

Transfer Purchases

If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.

1. Connect your iOS device to your computer using an USB cable. Then launch iTunes.

2. Click device button to the left of the iTunes Store button in the top right corner in iTunes. Then click “Summary” in the left sidebar.

3. Click “Back Up Now” in the right part, iTunes will begin to back up your device.

Part 2. Backup iPhone with iCloud

1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

2.In iOS 8 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.

In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

3. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

4. Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

5. Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your device. The backup you just made should appear in the details with the time and backup size.

After you’ve turned on iCloud Backup, iCloud can automatically back up your device each day. iCloud makes these daily automatic backups only if:

  • Your device is connected to a power source.
  • Your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Your device’s screen is locked.
  • You have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.
  • Part 3. Backup iPhone with iPhone Backup Software

    But the music, video and other non-purchased files which are synced from computer won’t be backed up in iTunes or iCloud. At this moment, people will need the help of the iPhone backup software. Leawo iTransfer is helpful on this issue. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers, and it will help users to back up iPhone music, videos and so on to computer easily. The following guidance will show you how to backup your iPhone, and you can free download the software to have a try.

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    Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with the USB cable. Click the name of iPhone and choose files you want to backup in the left sidebar. Then contents will show up in the right part.

    Step 2. Press “Ctrl” and click to choose certain files, then click the transfer button in the right bottom of the interface to back up the files. Or right-click the files you want to backup, and choose to ”Transfer to > My Computer”.

    Step 3. In the dialog of transfer settings, choose the location on the computer to put the iPhone backups. Check “Save to Folder” and click “Change” to choose the target folder. If users want to backup the files to iTunes as well, check the “Save to List” and choose “iTunes”. Click “Transfer Now” to start the iPhone backup.

    Part 4. Comparisons between the Three iPhone Backup Methods

    The following part will show you the difference between backup with iTunes, backup with iCloud and backup with Leawo iTransfer, which can help you decide which backup method is best for you to backup your iPhone.

    1. iTunes Backups

    From your Mac or PC, you can make a backup of your device in iTunes. Syncing your device with your computer isn’t the same as making a backup.

    An iTunes backup doesn’t include:

  • Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)
  • Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos
  • 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. iCloud Backups

    With a Wi-Fi network connection, you can make a backup of your device using iCloud. You don’t need to plug your device into a computer or even be at home to back up with iCloud.

    iCloud backups don’t include:

  • Data that’s already stored in the cloud, like contacts, calendars, notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library.
  • Data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Touch ID settings
  • Content you didn’t get directly from iTunes, App, or iBooks Stores, like imported MP3s, videos, or CDs
  • iTunes in the Cloud and App Store content (If it’s still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.)
  • 3. Leawo iTransfer Backups

    Leawo iTransfer allows users to copy various kinds of files from their devices to computer for backup. Users can manually save the files they need on their computer, and send the files back to their iDevices once the files are gone in their iPhone, iPad or iPod. Especially the software supports to backup the non-purchased files from iPhone, iPad and iPod to computer, like imported MP3s, videos, or CDs<

    Leawo iTransfer backups include: apps, music, movies, TV shows, ringtones, photos, Camera, contacts and text messages, bookmarks, notes, usb storage.

    Leawo iTransfer backups don’t include:

  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Touch ID settings
  • Calender, Activity, Health, and Keychain data
  • Part 5. Other Solutions on Backuping iPhone

    Besides iTunes,iCloud and iPhone backup software, there are other several methods to help you know how to backup iPhone. The following guidance will show you some easy ways to do it, if you are interested, just try the methods out.

    Method 1. Using Email

    Nowadays, many email services provide more than sending and receiving emails, they also enables users to save data in their email. For example, Yahoo, Gmail and some other well-known email services provide functions like syncing contacts, saving notes and so on, which helps users to save the contacts to their emails within seconds. When the users want to restore their iPhone contacts, they only need to send themselves an email with the contacts attached. If you use email a lot, you can try this method, which is easy and totally free.

    Method 2. Using Cloud Service

    Besides iCloud, iPhone users are able to find other cloud services that help you know how to backup your iPhone. For example, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. These cloud services enables users to upload all kinds of files to the cloud, and allows users to view the files both on computer and the iPhone. The files can also be downloaded to computer to keep the data safe. The only limit that most of the cloud services have in common is the storage space for free use, so before you choose to use the cloud service, you will want to check out how much free storage space you can get.

    Method 3. Using iPhone Apps

    iPhone users are able to find several iPhone apps that help to back up iPhone data in App Store. Such as PhoneCopy, Lookout and so on are all helpful on this issue. You will find that most of these iPhone apps enable users to back up iPhone contacts, messages and other texts in your iPhone, but not the photos or music files which you also want to back up.

    Users are also able to find other programs which can be helpful for backing up iPhone, and they may provide different using experiences. In a word, backing up iPhone is just easy to be done with the methods mentioned above, if you are interested, you can check the methods out.