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How to Create iTunes/iPhone Backup and Clear It

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Kevin Walker

November 15, 2017 (Updated: November 6, 2020锛

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iTunes is a media player, mobile device manager and online radio broadcaster developed for Apple鈥檚 mobile device management. iTunes can be used to download and play media such as music, videos, audiobooks, podcasts as well as a variety of media available in the iTunes store.

Apple recommends that its users backup their iTunes from time to time. Creating iTunes backup is essential because it helps to save the present state of your device. Thus, it ensures that any other subsequent updates or backups are not overwritten. Backups are important in case something goes wrong when you update your OS and you need to downgrade it.

How to Create iTunes Backup

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac, launch your iTunes and click the device icon.
Step 2: Proceed to backups and click 鈥淭his Computer鈥 then choose 鈥淓ncrypt iPhone鈥 and set a password.
Step 3: Tap on 鈥淏ack Up Now鈥 and wait for the process to finish.

How to Create iPhone Backup without iTunes

1 Create iPhone Backup via iMyFone TunesMate Data Manager

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Even though we all expect the iTunes to be a flawless application, it still isn鈥檛. despite the fact that a reputable company like Apple are the ones creating the software. From time to time, you may need to have to create iTunes backup or even look for a total replacement like iMyFone TunesMate for the software because of the many bugs and bad updates that can cause it to sometimes malfunction or not work properly, in addition to all the restrictions it comes with.

Key Features:

  • Backup and Restore your iTunes data and files anytime.
  • Without the need for iTunes, directly send files from your Computer to iPhone.
  • Transfer files seamlessly from your iPhone to iTunes/computer. Also, easily sync files from iTunes/computer to iPhone.
  • There are no restrictions on media transfer; transfer podcasts, movies, images, audiobooks, iTunes U, and more.

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Steps to backup iPhone music to computer using TunesMate:

To backup music from your iPhone to your computer using iMyFone TunesMate, follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch the iMyFone TunesMate and on the menu at the top, select Music.

Step 2: Select the Music Files you wish to transfer to your PC and click 鈥淓xport鈥 and then select 鈥淓xport to PC鈥.

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Step 3: Choose your preferred storage location on your PC. Your Music files would be exported to your PC.

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2 Create iPhone Backup via iCloud

iPhone recently made backup via the cloud possible. This makes it possible for users to easily backup their iPhone without the need of a computer and makes it possible for it to be done anywhere. However, users are required to have an active iCloud account and be logged in to backup to the cloud.

Steps to backup iPhone using iCloud:

Step 1: Ensure that your iCloud Backup is turned on (Settings >> iCloud >>Backup).
Step 2: Ensure your device is connected to a power source.
Step 3: Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 4: Select the particular data or kind of files that you would like to back up to the cloud.
Step 5: Tap backup now to begin the backup process. Note that you get only 5 GB of iCloud storage space by default.

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The iCloud can backup your call history, health data, app data, apple watch backups, call history, messages, photos and media files, apple purchase history, device settings, home screen and app organization amongst others.

How to Clear iPhone Backups

Equally, sometimes you may need to delete some of your old iPhone backups. Maybe you need to free up some extra gigabytes or you just do not have any other need for the backup anymore. Learning how to clear iPhone backups will help you save a lot of extra space on your hard drive.

Step 1: Launch your iTunes.
Step 2: Navigate to 鈥淧references鈥 under the iTunes menu.
Step 3: Select a Device to see previous Backups.
Step 4: From the Backups listed, select the particular backup you want to delete
Step 5: Confirm the Delete by clicking the Delete Backup button.

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