“I can’t remember how to sync/backup my iPhone. I have plugged in the device to my Mac but I don’t know what to do from there. Can anyone help? I want to update my iOS and need a backup just in case something goes wrong. I don’t want to lose any of my data.”
While it is essential to back up your iPhone to your Mac regularly, there are those who have either never done it or don’t know how to do it. It could be that you only backup the device via iCloud and want to switch to iTunes for one reason or another. Whatever the reason, this article will walk you through the process of backing up your iPhone to your Mac and even share with you another alternative to creating a backup for the data on your device.
1. How to Backup iPhone on Mac Using iTunes
Follow these simple steps to back up your iPhone to iTunes.
Step 1: On your Mac, launch iTunes. If you see a message asking you to Trust this Device, follow the on-screen instructions to comply. If your passcode is requested, enter it to continue.
Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
Step 3: If you want to encrypt the data in the backup, select the box marked “Encrypt iPhone Backup” and create a password. Otherwise just click “Back Up Now.”
Step 4: When the process is complete, you can check the recently created backup under Summary. Look under Latest Backup to find the date and time.
2. How to Backup iPhone on Mac Using iCloud
To back up your device via iCloud, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Connect the device to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Go to Settings > Your Name and then tap “iCloud.” If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings and scroll down to find “iCloud.”
Step 3: Tap “iCloud Backup” or “Backup” if you are on an earlier version of iOS. Ensure “iCloud Backup” is turned on.
Step 4: Now just tap “Back Up Now” and keep the device connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.
Keep in mind that you can also schedule an automatic iCloud backup, follow these simple steps to do that.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup or Settings > iCloud > Backup for earlier versions of iOS to ensure “iCloud Backup” is turned on.
Step 2: Connect the device to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.
Step 3: Make sure that the device’s screen is locked and that you have adequate storage space in iCloud. The backup process should begin automatically.
3. Backup and Restore iPhone on Mac Selectively Using 3rd-Party Tool
While iTunes and iCloud offer a great solution to backup and restore your iPhone, they both do have a few shortcomings. One of the most prominent of these shortcomings is the fact that you can’t really view the contents of the backup and are therefore unable to partially restore data. If you want a solution that offers you more control, allowing to selectively backup and restore the data on your iPhone, iMyFone D-Port Pro is the tool for you.
The program can be used to back up all the data on your device or create a partial backup of the iPhone’s data. It is also quite useful when you want to restore the backup to your device, allowing you to even restore just a section of the data such as messages, WhatsApp messages and WeChat messages from iMyFone backup/iTunes backup/iCloud backup.
Here’s how to use iMyFone D-Port Pro to create a backup of your device and restore the backup. But before we begin, download and install the program to your computer. The mac version is coming soon.
How to Backup iPhone Data Using iMyFone D-Pro Pro
To back up the data on your iPhone using iMyFone D-Port Pro, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: launch the program and from the main window, choose “Back Up & Export from Device” and then click on the “Make a Full Backup” option.
Step 2: Click on “Back Up” in the next window and the program will begin the process immediately. You will be notified when the backup process is complete.
To backup just your messages, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: On the main window, choose “Back Up and Export from Device and then click “Back up Messages.”
Step 2: Click “Back Up” the next window and the program will proceed to back up all messages on the device. You will receive notification when the process is complete.
How to Restore iPhone Data Using iMyFone D-Port Pro
You can also use iMyFone D-Port Pro to restore the data in the backup you just created to the iPhone. Follow these simple steps to do it.
Step 1: On the main window, select “Restore full Back up.” Connect the device to the computer if it isn’t already connected.
Step 2: After connecting the device, choose “Restore Full Backup.” You may get a notification letting you know that all the data and settings will be overwritten during the process. Click “Restore” to start the process.
Step 3: Wait for the program to complete the restore process. It may take a while. Ensure that the device remains connected to the computer through the process.
D-Port Pro also allows you to restore a partial backup to your iPhone. The following is how to do that.
Step 1: Choose “Restore Partial Backup” after selecting the backup you want to restore from and click “Next.”
Step 2: In the next window, select the types of data you want to restore. The program currently supports only a few types of data, there will be more soon. Once you’ve made your selection click “Next.”
Step 3: The program will begin to scan the backup for the type of data you’ve selected. Once the scan is complete, you can preview and choose the data you’d like to restore. Click “Restore” and the program will restore the selected data to your device without affecting any of the other data on your device.