How To Backup Your iPhone To iTunes

You want to use iTunes to backup your iPhone, but you’re not sure how. It’s important to have a saved backup, just in case something goes wrong with your iPhone. In this article, I’ll show you how to backup your iPhone to iTunes!

Note: If you updated your Mac to macOS Catalina 10.15, you’ll use Finder to update your iPhone. The steps are similar, but you’ll backup your iPhone in Finder -> Locations -> [Your iPhone].

What Is An iPhone Backup?

A backup is a copy of all the information on your iPhone. This includes your notes, contacts, photos, text messages, Apple Mail data, and much more!

Is It Important To Backup My iPhone?

Yes, it’s very important to save a backup of your iPhone. If your iPhone experiences a complicated software problem or completely breaks, you may not have another chance to create a backup. By regularly backing up your iPhone, you’ll always be prepared just in case something goes wrong.

How Do I Save A Backup Of Your iPhone To iTunes?

First, use a Lightning cable to plug your iPhone into any computer with iTunes. Open iTunes and click on the iPhone icon near the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

click phone icon

Next, click Back Up Now underneath Manually Back Up and Restore. A progress bar and the words “Backing Up ‘iPhone’…” will appear at the top of iTunes.

manually back up and restore

Once the progress bar is finished, you’ll have created an iPhone backup! You can safely unplug your iPhone from your computer.

Set Up Automatic iTunes Backups On Your Computer

Manually creating iTunes backups every time you plug your iPhone into your computer can be a bit tedious. Fortunately, you can set up iTunes to automatically backup your iPhone every time you plug it in.

After plugging in your iPhone and opening iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the upper left-hand corner. Click the circle next to This Computer and check the box next to Encrypt iPhone Backup. You’ll be prompted to enter a password for your backup when you encrypt it. Finally, click Done in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

encrypt iphone backup

Why Should I Encrypt My iPhone Backup?

Encrypting your iPhone backup provides an extra layer of security for your personal information. Your data is encoded and locked, so it couldn’t be accessed if it wound up in the wrong hands. Although it’s very unlikely that your data would be compromised by Apple, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

How Do I Restore My iPhone From The Backup I Created?

If you ever need to restore a backup you created, the process is pretty simple. Plug your iPhone into the same computer you use to back it up and open iTunes.

Before you can restore an iTunes backup, you’ll have to turn off Find My iPhone.

turn off find my iphone to restore backup

Once you’ve turned off Find My iPhone, click the iPhone button near the upper left-hand corner of iTunes. Click Restore Backup under Manually Back Up and Restore. Find the name of your iPhone in the dropdown menu, then click Restore.

select your iphone to restore

Kick Back & Relax!

You can rest easy now that you’ve backed up your iPhone using iTunes. Make sure to share this article on social media so you can teach your family and friends how to backup their iPhones to iTunes! If you have any other questions, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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Carol McClre
14 days ago

My screen went black yesterday after I dropped it. I am trying to back up the iPhone 8 but there is no Phone icon in the iTunes left corner to allow me to back it up.

Tiara Marie
2 months ago

Hello, I have an iphone 7 and I am trying to backup my phone but my computer is a chromebook. Could you please help me?

Colin Boyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Tiara Marie

Hi Tiara! Have you tried backing up with iCloud instead? To do that, open Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Then tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup. Finally, turn on the switch labelled iCloud Backup and tap Back Up Now. I hope this helps!

11 months ago

I’m trying to put my iphone 6+ into DFU mode and am having trouble.

Cathy woodward
1 month ago
Reply to  Judson

How do you fix your camera on your iPhone 7? My camera is black. Please, can someone help me? Thank you.
Cathy Woodward

Colin Boyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Cathy woodward

Hi Cathy! Here’s a link to an article we published all about what to do when your iPhone 7’s camera won’t work:

I hope this helps!

David Payette
1 month ago
Reply to  Cathy woodward

Hi Cathy, sorry to hear your camera isn’t working right! Check out our article about how to fix an iPhone with a black camera to learn how to fix it. Best, David P.

Ashton tabares
1 year ago

I FIXED MY IPHONE INTERNET SIGNAL DROP. Turn on your VPN and this is how: Setting > and turn on VPN

1 year ago

i have a iphone and cant get it off connect to itunes

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