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3 Methods on How to Backup iPhone before Upgrading to iOS 13

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Gabriel Hammond

August 25, 2016 (Updated: July 14, 2020锛

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iOS 12 is released and you could be that iOS user who wants to go trendy. As you prepare to upgrade your iDevice specifically iPhone to the latest iOS 13, you need to ensure that you have done a backup of files聽for your iPhone since you may lose this data files when upgrading your system to iOS 13. In this article we will discuss different ways in which you can back up your files.

Method 1. Selectively Backup iPhone Data聽for Free

The first method to back up files is using iMyFone iTransor聽iOS data backup and restore tool. This comprehensive tool聽is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating system and supports the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max/Xs/Xr/Xs Max. Actually it can do more than back up the data on your device. View its main features:

  • This software allows you to completely back up聽files, or back up only what you need聽on your iPhone for Free.
  • It can export 18+ types of data from your iPhone/iPad and iTunes/iCloud backups. Before exporting, it offers a free preview feature which allows you to choose just what you need to export.
  • The feature "Restore Backup to Device" is powerful to fully or selectively transfer data from iPhone backup to your iOS devices.

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Once you have downloaded iMyFone聽iTransor software, you can follow these steps to back up your iPhone without paying any money.

Step 1. Choose 鈥淏ack Up Device鈥

Open iMyFone聽iTransor on your Mac or Windows computer and click on 鈥淎cquire Backup from Device & iCloud鈥. Then click "Back Up Device".


Step 2.聽Choose What You Need to Back Up

Now you will need to connect your iPhone (the latest iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max supported) to the program and then choose the data type(s) you need to back up. You can see that you can choose to back up all data and settings or only certain type of data.


Step 3.聽Back Up iPhone

Click the Back Up button and the process will start. The time it needs depends on how much data on your device. After the process is complete, you will聽be notified by the prompt.


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Method 2. Backup iPhone Data Using iTunes

Even without a third party iPhone聽backup software, you can backup files uing iTunes application on your computer. It is very easy.

Step 1.聽Launch iTunes program on your computer. If you don鈥檛 have then you need to download it.

Step 2.聽Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable that you unboxed with your iPhone. If your iPhone asks you if you trust the computer click on 鈥淭rust鈥 or give a passcode when requested.

Step 3.聽Your iPhone will then be detected, click on Summary Tab and click on your iPhone.

Step 4. Below your iPhone on iTunes is 鈥淏ackups鈥 option. Choose where to backup your iPhone data and then click on 鈥淏ackup Now鈥.


iTunes will immediately backup your iPhone data. Be patient until the process is complete. To check iTunes backup go to 鈥渋Tunes鈥 on the main menu then click on 鈥淧references鈥 followed by 鈥淒evices鈥. You will be able to see your iPhone backup.

Limitations of Backing up Using iTunes

With this method you will not be able to backup music, apps, movies and podcasts that have been sync to iTunes but not available on your iPhone.

Method 3. Backup Data on iPhone Using iCloud

For this method you can do the backup directly on your iPhone. However you should be connected to a strong Wireless connection.

Step 1. After connecting your iPhone to Wi-Fi, go to Settings and then tap on iCloud.

Step 2. Under iCloud Backup, activate the 鈥渋Cloud Backup鈥 button.

Step 3. Now tap on back and turn on data types that you want to back up and then click next.

Step 4. Next scroll down the backup screen and tap on 鈥淏ack Up Now鈥.

The backup will commence immediately, just ensure that you do not disconnect from the Wi-Fi until the process is complete.

To check the backup you have done go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and you will your backup including the date and time.

Backup iPhone using iCloud

Limitations of Backing up Using iCloud

  • It can do a backup of files that you purchased and deleted them from App store.
  • This method requires Wireless connection and it may not be efficient for people who have no wireless connection.

Must-Have Tools for iOS 13 Devices

Not enough storage to upgrade to iOS 13? Umate will get huge storage back for your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

Get a new iPhone, don鈥檛 know how to deal with the old one? Umate Pro will help you erase all personal data for privacy protection.

Lost important data when upgrading to iOS 13? D-Back will get all your lost iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch data back.

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