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How to Do iTunes Backup

Athryn Mitchell

Mobile phone analyst, Editor-in-Chief of TransPhone. Find more on her Fackbook or Google+.

As the mobile phone becomes the important essential of our social life, having backups of personal data on phones is increasingly vital. For iPhone users, Apple launched iTunes to work out the backup problem. iTunes is helpful to backup information on iPhone including text message, memos, call logs, contacts, camera rolls, settings and so on. Follow the guide below and you will get the idea of how to do iTunes backup.

Step 1 Install iTunes and open it
Install iTunes 12 to your computer and launch it. Connect your iPhone to your PC with USB cable. Once your device being detected by the program, the information of your device can be read on the right side.
iTunes Primary Window
Step 2 Backup your iPhone
iTunes offers two paths for you to store your backups. You can make your choice by clicking the "iCloud" or "This computer" in the "Backups" box. And the backup begins with clicking the "Back Up Now" button.
iTunes Backing Up
In this case, a window will pop up to remind you to choose back up Apps or not. If you are willing to backing up apps that are not in your iTunes library, click the "Back Up Apps" icon, otherwise select "Don't Back Up Apps".
iTunes Backup Reminder
When it is done, go to "Edit" > "Preferences" > "Devices" to check the data backed up.
Check iTunes Backed Up Files
1. To speed up the backup process, the media files like songs and videos won't be backed up for their large sizes. But iTunes backs up the purchase history for them so you can get them back from the iTunes Store freely as long as you have bought before.
2. It is unable to view the backed up data on the computer directly.

It is easy to do iTunes backup, but after all, there is some limitations, say iTunes is incapable of backing up specific item on iPhone. Therefore, you might be interested in backing up your phone data with a third party tool, and here, I recommend iOS Transfer which enables you to do the iPhone backup in full package as well as specifically.

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