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How to Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with or without iCloud

Your iPhone or iPad store all your photos, messages, health data, documents, accessory setups, settings, and more. If you own an Apple mobile device, you have no excuse for not backing it up, because Apple gives you a simple and free way for duplicating and storing a copy of your information: iCloud. The benefit of backing up using iCloud is that it's largely automated and can happen wirelessly. The downside is Apple only gives you 5GB space for free, so if you need more, you have to pay for it. Then how can we backup iOS devices without paying extra fee? Please follow the steps below to backup iPhone with or without iCloud.

Solution 1. Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iCloud

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

Step 2 : Go to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.

Step 3 : Tap iCloud Backup. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

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

You can check the progress and confirm the backup completed. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Under Back Up Now, you'll see the date and time of your last backup.

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Solution 2. Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Selectively without iCloud

iCloud is a good option for backuping your iPhone/iPad unless it come to the limited storage. Then we highly recommend an alternative iOS backup tool to you - Syncios Mobile Manager. This free program can helps you easily backup, restore and manager the data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. And it offers many handy tools, such as audio converter, video converter, ringtone maker, video downloader and more.

Step 1 : Download and install Syncios on computer

Frist, you need to install the free iOS Manager program on your computer. Connect your iPhone 7/8/X or other iOS devices with computer via USB cable(better be original cables). If it is your first time connecting the phone to your PC, the program would install some necessary services on your PC, please wait patiently.

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Step 2 : Backup your iPhone, iPad to computer

Connet your device to computer, check your device, and click "Trust this computer". Once your device is recognized by Syncios program, you can see a list on the left panel which contains: Media(Audio + Video), Photos, Ebook, Apps and Information(Contacts, Notes, Bookmarks, Call history, Messages, WhatsApp, Safari history).

Just choose the category you want to backup. For example, if you want to backup your photo, then go to Photos > Export, you can select the pictures you like and backup them to PC. And you can click "Add" to import them back to your device one day you need.

TIPS: Any detection issue, please follow this tutorial.

iPhone photo to computer

With the free version of Syncios Manager, you can preview and select data on your device to backup to computer, and restore the backup to your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or android devices. However, it may take some time to backup your mobile contents one by one. So if you want to backup all your phone data, we offer a better option - Syncios Manager Ultimate to you.

Solution 3. Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch By One-click without iCloud

The Ultimate version has Data Transfer feature which allows you to backup and restore you mobile device for one-click. Follow these quick steps to backup your data safely and easily, including contacts, messages, call history, whatsapp, photos, videos, songs, bookmarks and so on.

Step 1 : Download Syncios iOS Manager Program

Download and install Syncios iOS Manager Program on your computer. Click "Upgrade" button to get the Ultimate version. Register the program, then you will see "Syncios Ultimate logo on your upper-left corner. You can check the difference between free and ultimate version here.

Syncios Manager Ultimate

Step 2 : Run Data Transfer

Connect your iOS devices to computer, you can see Data Transfer on the main interface. Tap it, the Syncios Data Transfer interface will pop up. There will be 4 options: Phone to Phone Transfer, Backup to PC and Restore from PC, Restore Phone from iCloud and Restore Phone from iTunes. Click "Backup to PC".

Syncios Manager Ultimate

Step 2 : Backup All Contents on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

On the Backup windows, you are allowed to select items you would like to backup from iOS devices to computer. Syncios Ultimate currently supports to backup Contatcs, Messages, Call logs, Photos, Audio. Video, Whatsapp, App, App data, Notes, Ebooks, Bookmarks and Safary history from iOS devices.

By default, all contents you can backup are ticked. You can also just select your desired ones. You can click "..." button to set up the backup path. Then, click "Start Copy" button to backup your iPhone contents to computer and restore when you need.

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TIPS: this handy transfer tool also supports to recover iCloud backup to your iPhone/iPad device. Click "Restore from iCloud Backup" button on main interface, you can see all your iPhone backups on the left list. Choose a desired one, check the contents you want to restore to device, then click "Start Copy". Syncios Ultimate allows you to recover iTunes/iCloud backup to both iOS and Android devices.

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User Reviews:

Thank you for your great app! Really love it. That's why I bought it without hesitating. Keep it up! Can't believe that your software is always up-to-date, thank you for that because the last time I tried to plug in my iPhone to my computer, it doesn't support the latest iOS 11. Now I already downloaded and installed the latest software update which is the support of iOS 11. I would like to commend the creator of this app to the management as the customer, you really need to give him an extra check. Thanks! ---- Vivian

i have up to now only tested the Free option... and it is and stays REALLY FREE.... not like some of your competitors who try all tricks of the marketing freaks to promess us A BIG FAT LIE already from the very beginning like for instance the WINXMEDIATRANS giveaway hype who only does some chaotic partial transfer and then wants you to pay for more... I have let them know what i think of them on their Utube release. With your FREE version I was able to transfer my entire IBOOKS library ( 1604 books in 1 operation taking approx 15minutes ... THANK YOU !!!! ---- Peter

Have been using Syncios manager for a few years now. Always found it to be a lot easier and more user friendly than iTunes. Just install, plug in your phone and away you go! You won’t be disappointed, your just be thinking why didn’t I install this a long while ago! It’s very easy to import and export videos and pictures and much much more!! The features are expanding with every upcoming release, just check out the home page for a much more in depth feature list! ---- Ben Symon

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