How to Back Up and Restore iPhone without iTunes

There is no doubt that iTunes is one of the most popular tools that iPhone users would use to backup and restore their data on iPhone. The free tool offered by Apple itself provides users great fit. But it is not rare at all that iTunes cannot run smoothly on your computer. Sometimes it just gives wrong prompt and you have no way to fix it. Then how could you back up and restore iPhone, especially when iOS 11 is coming soon? Well, the article will offer you two ways to back up and restore iPhone data without iTunes.

Back Up and Restore iPhone with iCloud

Normally, iCloud is the first choice we get to when iTunes is unavailable. This great feature offered by Apple is same with iTunes in some way. It is free (for 5GB space), and reliable enough. You can back up the data on iPhone manually or automatically by iCloud. And what it can do better than iTunes is that you don’t have to install it on your computer and connect your iPhone to computer – iCloud is already on your iPhone when you own your device. And the following is how to back up and restore iPhone with iCloud.

How to Back Up iPhone with iCloud?

Manually Back Up iPhone with iCloud:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Step 2. Tap Back Up Now.

Step 3. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device to check whether the backup is finished.

use iCloud to back up iOS data

Automatically Back Up iPhone with iCloud:

Step 1. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings >Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Step 2. Once your device is connected to a Wi-Fi and a power source and you have your screen locked, then your gallery, text messages, apps and every other thing on your device gets safely stored to your iCloud account.

How to Restore iPhone with iCloud?

Restoring iPhone data from a backup through iCloud is not as easy as backing it up into your iCloud account. You can’t find a restore button in the settings of your device. So, to restore, you have to reset the entire device and you will lose all the existing data on device. To restore your iPhone with iCloud, please follow these steps.

Go to the Settings > General and find Reset. Then, Choose Erase All Content and Settings.

Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, and then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

After that you will need to enter your Apple ID and choose a backup. After that, the restoring begins.

When asked, sign in to your Apple ID again to restore your apps and purchases.

Stayed connected with Wi-Fi and wait for the restoring to be finished.

recover pictures from iPhone backup by iCloud


Back Up and Restore iPhone by 3rd-Party Tool

Another good choice for iPhone users to back up and restore iPhone is to use one excellent backup & restore tool. Here we introduce Copytrans Shelbee to you. The program can do mostly what iTunes can do for you. See its features.

  • It can back up all the data and settings on your iPhone just like iTunes do.
  • You can choose the path to store the data on your iPhone.
  • Restore process is pretty easy to finish.

See the following part to know how to back up and restore iPhone with Copytrans Shelbee.

How to Back Up iPhone with Copytrans Shelbee?

Step 1. Download and install CopyTrans Shelbee. Run the program and connect your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to your computer. Click on the Backup button and then choose Full backup.

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Step 2. Select a location on your computer to back up the device by clicking the Blue pencil button. By default the location is same with where iTunes keeps iOS backups on your computer. And if your iOS data is too much, you can back up it to an external disk.

shelbee default path

Step 3. Click Start to begin the backup process. It will need some time which depends on there is how much data on your iPhone. After the backup completes successfully, just click Done.

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How to Restore iPhone with Copytrans Shelbee?

Run the program and connect your iPhone to your computer. Click on the Restore button and then choose Blue pencil button to select the backup.

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Step 2. If you have more than one backups, you will see the backup list. Just select the backup entry which you want to restore.

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Step 3. And then you can just wait for the program to restore the backup to your iPhone.

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Now you have two methods to back up and restore iPhone without iTunes. And both of them are free and easy to use. Just give them a shot now!