How Do I Back Up My iPhone Before I Get a New One
When you switch to a new iPhone, you must back up your old iPhone. Why? With the backup, you can restore your new iPhone from it to keep your precious data available on your new device, and then you can switch to your new iPhone seamlessly.
Even if you are not planning to get a new iPhone, it's also a good habit to back up your iPhone regularly to avoid data loss.
Given that, I'd like to show you four ways to back up iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 Plus).
Part 1. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to Computer in 3 Ways
There are generally two options for you to back up an iPhone: Either back up your iPhone 7 to a computer or cloud storage, especially iCloud.
First, I will show you how to back up iPhone 7 to the computer in three ways.
Method 1. How to Back Up iPhone 7 with EaseUS MobiMover
Neither iTunes nor Finder allows you to back up specific items from the iPhone to the computer. If you want to selectively back up your iPhone contacts, photos, videos, music, messages, and more to a computer, you will like this iPhone backup software - EaseUS MobiMover.
This tool will back up your iPhone data to your computer more flexibly and efficiently. It is 100% safe. During the backup process, you won't lose any important files. After making a copy of your data to the computer, you can restore them to your device whenever you like.
To back up your iPhone 7 to a computer without iTunes:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC and trust the computer. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".
Step 2. Since all the supported files are selected by default, click "One-Click Backup" directly to start backing up your iPhone to computer.
Step 3. Wait patiently until the backup process completes. When you need to restore the backup, go to "Backup Manager" > "Restore" and follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
Backup is not the only thing that EaseUS MobiMover can do for you. Except for backing up your iPhone or iPad, it also allows you to manage your WhatsApp messages by backing up your WhatsApp chat history to your computer or transferring WhatsApp messages to a new iPhone.
Method 2. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to iTunes
Using iTunes is the official way for Apple to make a backup of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. An iTunes backup includes almost all the data and settings on your iPhone, except for content like the items you bought from iTunes/App Store, data you synced from iTunes, data stored in iCloud, and more. Thus, using iTunes is an excellent choice to backup everything on your iPhone to your computer.
To back up iPhone 7 to iTunes:
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone 7 to your computer and wait for iTunes to launch automatically.
Step 3. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer. If required, enter your iPhone passcode to continue.
Step 4. Click the "Device" icon in the iTunes window and choose "Summy."
Step 5. In the "Backups" section, check "This computer" and click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone to iTunes.
By backing up your iPhone using iTunes, you can back up your iPhone 7 to your computer and restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with the backup. Besides, you can manage your iPhone backups on the computer:
Step 1. Open iTunes.
Step 2. Go to "Preferences" > "Devices."
Step 3. Right-click the backup you want to manage and choose "Delete" or "Archive."
Although you can access the iPhone backup location on your computer, you are not recommended to edit, relocate, rename, or extract content from your backup files. That's because these actions might ruin the files. What's more, even though you can access the contents of the backup, the contents are generally unreadable. All you can do with the backup is restore an iOS device.
Method 3. How to Backup My iPhone 7 to Mac Using Finder
Since macOS Catalina, iTunes is no longer available, and Finder becomes the default way to perform device backups and data syncing. Using Finder to back up your iPhone to the computer is similar to using iTunes.
To back up your iPhone 7 to a computer via Finder:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone 7 to your Mac and open Finder.
Step 2. On your iOS device, choose to trust this computer in the prompt.
Step 3. Choose your device from the left panel and make sure you are under the "General" tab.
Step 4. Click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone 7 to the computer.
After you back up your iPhone 7 using Finder, you can also manage your iPhone backup by going to "Finder" > "General" > "Manage Backups."
These are the standard ways how to back up iPhone 7 to the computer. Conclusively, iTunes and Finder work well to back up almost everything on your iPhone 7, but you can't read the files from your computer. While EaseUS MobiMover allows you to make a copy of your iPhone contacts, photos, videos, music, ringtones, books, and more to a computer and read these contents.
Part 2. How to Back Up iPhone 7 to iCloud
Apple provides two official ways to back up your iPhone: iTunes and iCloud. Some users back up iPhone 7 to iTunes, while others back up the iPhone to iCloud. Like an iTunes backup, iCloud backup includes almost all your iPhone data and settings. If you prefer the latter solution, you should know that, to you back up iPhone 7 successfully, you need to make sure:
- There is enough iCloud storage for you to save your iPhone content
- Your iPhone 7 is under a stable and reliable Wi-Fi connection
Ready? Follow the steps below to learn how to back up your iPhone 7 to iCloud:
Step 1. Go to "Settings."
Step 2. Tap [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup".
Step 3. Toggle on "iCloud Backup" and click "Back Up Now" to back up your iPhone 7 to iCloud.
You can't access the iCloud backup you made. You can only restore your iPhone from the iCloud backup, which is only available when you set up your iOS device.
Part 3. How to Back up iPhone to an External Hard Drive
To add an extra security layer to keep your data safe, you may also want to make a copy of important iOS data to an external hard drive. That way, you can find your data back when your iTunes backup corrupts on your computer or your iCloud backup crashes or disappears for unknown reasons.
Currently, you can back up your iPhone to an external hard drive in two ways. One is directly used EaseUS MobiMover, an iOS data transfer that allows you to back up your iPhone to an external hard drive. Another method is to copy the iTunes backup you made on your computer and pasting it on your external hard drive. But we don't recommend you relocate the iTunes backup folder because it may ruin your backup files. So a better option for this purpose should be using EaseUS MobiMover.
Bonus Tip. How to Make A Perfectly Backup Plan for an iPhone
It is hard to say which plan is perfect because users may have different backup needs. Therefore, the first thing you should do is know your backup needs. That is to understand your data type and what should be included in your backup plan. You can classify your data by following these categories:
- System data. This includes your passwords, settings, and other operating system data.
- Application data. This includes both data from your native apps and those from third-party apps.
- Documents. This refers to files, numbers, or keynotes.
Next, you'll need to learn about all backup solutions and their pros and cons.
1. Back up your iPhone locally on your computer
You can use iTunes or a third-party iPhone data backup tool like EaseUS MobiMover to get the job done. The advantage of doing this is that you can safely and quickly store your data without worrying about virus attacks because the process doesn't require an internet connection. Additionally, there is no limit to the size of your backup. But there is a shortcoming of using iTunes: you can't view the backup file. But iTunes would be better if you want to back up everything on your iPhone, including the settings.
2. Back up your iOS data to iCloud services
This method is convenient and flexible. You can complete the whole backup process directly without any extra software. The entire process is safe. But iCloud only offers 5GB storage space for free. What's more, it requires you to have a stable WiFi connection. If you want to back up all data stored on your native apps, this is a great way.
3. Back up your iPhone to an external hard drive
This is the least recommended backup way for iOS devices because the external hard drive is small, and you could lose it quickly. But if you want to add an extra security layer to keep your data safe, you can back up iPhone data to an external hard drive.
All in all, there is no standard answer to what is a perfect backup plan. You must determine your backup needs and choose one or two backup solutions above to back up your data.
The Bottom Line
Now you know how to back up iPhone 7 in five different ways. Whether you are using a PC or Mac or want to back up your iPhone to a computer or cloud storage, you can find the corresponding solution in this guide.
Carry out the way best suited to your needs to back up your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with ease.
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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.
Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
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