Ways to Back Up iPhone 7/7 Plus to iTunes
Just walk around Apple Communities and you will notice that there are nearly half of the posts concerning data loss or data recovery. People tend to be repentant after realizing what's gone is gone.
In fact, data loss can be easily prevented as long as there is a backup/copy of your iPhone data available. In order to prepare for a rainy day, it's strongly recommended to make a full backup for your iOS device. Therefore, you can easily recover lost/deleted data once they're lost and gone.
People get used to backing up existing data currently stored on their iPhones via iTunes. However, it's time to upgrade to an advanced method, which is perfectly supported the latest iterations of iPhone, such as iPhone 7/7 Plus. You can check out two methods and the differences between the two.
- Method 1: Back up iPhone Contents to iTunes through iTunes
- Method 2: Back up iPhone Data to iTunes via iPhone Transfer
Method 1: Back up iPhone Contents to iTunes through iTunes
What Data are iTunes Able to Back Up?
Almost all of your device's data and settings will be backed up by iTunes, except the following items.
1. Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)
2. Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos.
3. Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library.
4. Touch ID settings.
5. Apple Pay information and settings.
6. Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use "Encrypted Backup" in iTunes.
Steps to Back up Data Via iTunes
Step 1. Launch the latest version of iTunes on your Mac/PC.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone via an included cable to iTunes.
Step 3. Once detected, click the 'device icon' and enter "Summary" Page.
Step 4. At the middle section, choose "This computer" and click "Back Up Now" button to start the backup process. Please wait till it's done.
Note that you can encrypt the backup file by ticking "Encrypt iPhone backup" option.
Pro and Cons:
iTunes is an official software, which makes it trustworthy as compared to other software, but it can neither allow you to selectively back up data nor preview files included in the backup. Also, restoring data from an iTunes backup to iPhone would result in data loss of current data on iPhone.
Method 2: Back up iPhone Data to iTunes via iPhone Transfer
iPhone Transfer is known as a neat way to transfer data. However, except iPhone Data Recovery, it can in some ways be regarded as a software for backing up and recovering data for the reason that it's able to transfer data between iOS devices and computers.
What Data are iPhone Transfer Able to Back Up?
iPhone Transfer supports up-to-14 types of data, purchased or non-purchased, including Photos, Videos, Contacts, Messages, Movies, TV Shows, iTunes U, Music Videos, Books, Audio Books, Ringtones, Voice Memos and so on. Due to the priority to privacy, users' Settings will not be included.
Steps to Backup Data via iPhone Transfer
Step 1. Get iPhone Connected to iPhone Transfer
Above all, make sure you've downloaded and installed iPhone Transfer on your computer. If not, please click on the buttons above and try the free trial. After that, run the software and plug your iPhone to computer. It takes no time to recognize your iDevice.
Step 2. One Click to Back up Data to iTunes
Once the iPhone Transfer is working, you can see a couple of options on the Main Page: "To iTunes", "To Folder", "To iDevice", "Backup Contacts" and "Restore Contacts". Or you can also choose them in "Toolkit".
If you just wish to back up Contacts, just click "Backup Contacts" and it's all done.
If you'd like to back up data to iTunes Library, simply choose "To iTunes" option and click "Start" button. Then, it will be all done in no time.
If you want to save and keep current data to a specific folder on computer, please choose "To Folder" and select the output folder. Then. Finish the process with a click of "Start" button.
Or, if you'd like to selectively transfer data on iPhone, you can switch one item from another on the left panel in order to preview contents before you transfer them to computer as a backup. Then, select desired ones and navigate to "Export to PC" or "Export to iTunes Library".
Pro and Cons:
1. Able to preview before and after backing up.
2. Able to selectively back up data.
3. Able to back up data with one click
4. Able to back up purchase and non-purchases.
Don't remember to back up iPhone data regularly. It's said that sometimes software update would also cause data loss. Anyway, compared to the loss of precious data, it's not a big deal to spend 30 minutes backing up your iPhone, isn't it?