How to Backup iPhone to Computer

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of backing up your iPhone to your computer. Having a backup of your iPhone is essential to ensure that you don’t lose any valuable data in case of accidents, such as a lost or damaged device. By following these steps, you can easily create a backup of your iPhone on your computer for safekeeping.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Computer

The first step is to connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable. Make sure that both ends of the cable are securely plugged in – one end into the Lightning port on your iPhone and the other end into an available USB port on your computer.

Step 2: Launch iTunes

Once your iPhone is connected to the computer, launch iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically. iTunes is a free application developed by Apple that allows you to manage and sync media files between your devices.

Step 3: Trust This Computer

If this is the first time you are connecting your iPhone to this computer, you will see a pop-up message on both your iPhone and computer asking if you want to “Trust This Computer.” Tap “Trust” on your iPhone and enter the passcode if prompted. This step is important for establishing a secure connection between your devices.

Step 4: Select Your Device

In iTunes, you will see an icon representing your connected iPhone at the top-left corner of the window. Click on this icon to access the device settings and options.


  • If you don’t see the device icon: Make sure that you have connected the iPhone properly and it is unlocked. If it still doesn’t appear, try using a different USB port or cable.
  • If you see a prompt to update iTunes: It is recommended to update iTunes to the latest version for compatibility and enhanced functionality.

Step 5: Go to the Summary Page

In the left sidebar of the iTunes window, you will find various options. Click on “Summary” to access the summary page of your iPhone.

Step 6: Backup Options

On the summary page, you will see a section called “Backups.” Here, you have two options:

  • iCloud Backup: This allows you to back up your iPhone wirelessly to Apple’s iCloud servers. However, in this tutorial, we will focus on backing up your iPhone directly to your computer.
  • This Computer: Check the box next to “This Computer” if it’s not already selected. This ensures that your backup is saved locally on your computer.

Step 7: Initiate the Backup Process

To start the backup process, click on the “Back Up Now” button under the “Manually Back Up and Restore” section. iTunes will now begin creating a backup of your iPhone on your computer.


  • The time required for backup: The duration of the backup process depends on factors such as the amount of data on your iPhone and the speed of your computer.
  • Keep your iPhone connected: It is important to keep your iPhone connected until the backup process is complete to ensure a successful backup.

Step 8: Verify the Backup

Once the backup process is finished, you can verify if the backup was successful. Go back to the summary page and check the “Latest Backup” section. It should display the date and time of your most recent backup.

Step 9: Safely Disconnect your iPhone

After confirming that your backup was successful, you can safely disconnect your iPhone from your computer. Simply unplug the Lightning cable from both ends, ensuring that you do not remove it while data is being transferred.

That’s it! You have successfully created a backup of your iPhone on your computer. It’s always a good idea to regularly perform backups to ensure that your data is safe and easily recoverable in case of any unfortunate incidents.

Note: To restore your iPhone from a backup, simply connect it to the same computer with iTunes and follow the prompts to restore from a previous backup.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of backing up your iPhone to your computer. Now you can have peace of mind knowing that your important data is securely backed up!

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