2 Efficient Methods to Backup and Restore iPhone without iTunes

2023-05-12 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

- "How to backup iPhone without iTunes?"

- "How can I restore my iPhone without iTunes?"

These are two common questions in the Apple Forum. It can be seen that users attach great importance to the security of data in the iPhone. After all, in daily life, we will encounter many situations that lead to the loss of important data, such as accidentally deleting useful data, you need to reset the iPhone under no circumstances, an error occurs when updating iOS, the device becomes brick, or the iPhone is stolen. Losing important data is annoying, but if you have backed up your iPhone before, then the lost data can be easily retrieved.

Most iPhone users still choose to use iTunes to backup and restore iPhone data to and from computer. There are also detailed guides show you how to backup iPhone with iTunes, and how to restore iPhone from iTunes. But the biggest disadvantage of using iTunes is that all your data will be overwritten by the last backup content. And iTunes doesn't always run smoothly. So, if you haven't installed iTunes or don't want to use iTunes, then you can read this article about two methods to backup and restore iPhone without iTunes.

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Method 1. Backup and Restore iPhone without iTunes via iCloud

iCloud is a free cloud storage service that provides 5GB of free space by default for users to store their data. If you need more space, you need to pay for it. When iTunes is unavailable, iCloud becomes the first choice for users. Unlike iTunes, we don't need to install iCloud on the computer, which makes the whole job much easier. However, iCloud backups and restores are slow. Therefore, for acute users, I suggest that you skip to the method 2. We can back up files to iCloud manually or take advantage of iCloud's automatic backup feature.

However, iCloud backups and restores are slow. Therefore, for acute users, I suggest that you skip to the second method. Here's how to backup and restore iPhone using iCloud. Everything You Need to Know about iCloud Backup.

>> How to Backup iPhone without iTunes: Using iCloud

Step 1. Turn on your iPhone and link to a stable Wi-Fi network

Step 2. From your iPhone screen, choose "Settings" > your name > "iCloud" options one after another.

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Step 3. Make sure the "iCloud Backup" option is "On". If not, turn it on.

Step 4. Click on "Back Up Now" option from the next window to start backing up your iPhone data to iCloud.

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Step 5. As said above, iCloud backup is slow, so please be patient and wait for the entire backup process to complete. After that, you can view the files backed up to iCloud by clicking "Settings"> your name> "iCloud"> "Manage Storage".

>> Restore iPhone without iTunes: Using iCloud

Step 1. Turn on your iPhone and go to "Settings" app.

Step 2. Choose "General" option and then tap on "Reset" > "Erase All Contents and Settings" from the new window.

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Step 3. Then your iPhone will be reset and restart.

Step 4. Follow the prompts on the screen to set up the device. When you encounter with the following screen about "Apps & Data", you should choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" option.

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Step 5. Log into your iCloud account info to access and restore the iCloud backup data to your iPhone.

If you always forget to back up your iPhone data to iCloud, it doesn't matter, iCloud also provides automatic backup function:

Step 1. Go to "Settings"> "Your Name"> "iCloud"> "iCloud Backup". Here, make sure iCloud Backup is turned on.
Step 2. Once your device is connected to a stable network, the albums, text messages, apps and other data on your device will be automatically and securely saved to your iCloud account.


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Method 2. Backup and Restore iPhone without iTunes via MobiKin Assistant for iOS (Better!)

If you don't have iTunes on your computer and you also don't like using iCloud, how to backup iPhone without iTunes or iCloud? Don't panic, you can choose to use an alternative tool from third party company. MobiKin Assistant for iOS is your best choice to transfer everything from your iPhone, iPad and iPod to computer quickly and safely, and vice versa. It can do mostly what iTunes can do for you. See its features as below and I am sure you will like it:

Assistant for iOS: 1-Click way to backup and restore iPhone data

  • It can back up all the data on your iPhone, including contacts, SMS, notes, calendars, bookmarks, music, videos, photos, books, apps, etc.
  • It can backup your whole iPhone data with one click to save your time, or selectively back up data on iPhone, which means you can back up contacts, SMS and photos that you need instead of the whole data.
  • It allows you to export all data from iOS devices to iTunes or PC as a backup.
  • Simple clicks to finish backing up and restoring data on iPhone.
  • Fully compatible with all iPhone models, such as iPhone 11/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE, as well as all models of iPad and iPod.

See the following part to see how to backup and restore iPhone without iTunes by using Assistant for iOS.

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>> How to Backup iPhone without iTunes: Using Assistant for iOS

Step 1. Run the installed software on your computer and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer. Once connected successfully, the software will automatically detect and recognize your iPhone. Once done, you can will see the following interface.

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Step 2. Click on "Super Toolkit" tab from the top menu to enter the next window. You will see here is an "iTunes Backup & Restore" option displayed, with which you can backup iPhone data to iTunes and restore data from iTunes to your iPhone.

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Step 3. Choose "Backup" from the top menu and all manageable iOS devices will be displayed. Select your iPhone and choose the option of "Backup file(s) to default iTunes backup location".

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Step 4. At last, you can tap on "OK" to start backing up your iPhone data to iTunes.

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>> How to Restore iPhone from Backup without iTunes: Using Assistant for iOS

Step 1. Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Also wait until the tool recognizes your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to the top menu of the program interface to choose "Super Toolkit" > "iTunes Backup & Restore" > "Restore".

Step 3. All the backup records will be scanned out and displayed, from which you should choose the backup file you want to get back and click on "OK" to restore the data from the backup file to your iPhone.

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You can also preview and selectively back up iPhone data to computer. For example, if you want to back up photos from your iPhone to your computer, you should choose "Photos" from the left sidebar, preview and select the photos you want to backup and click the "Export" button from the top menu. After you select an output location to save the exported photos, the photos backup process will begin immediately.


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Video Guide: One Click to Backup and Restore iPhone without iTunes

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Final Words

Now that you know 2 methods to backup and restore iPhone without iTunes, one is to use iCloud and the other is to use third-party software - MobiKin Assistant for iOS. First of all, using iCloud for backup is good, but its online backup may take a long time, and the free storage space is limited, which is not suitable for backing up a lot of mobile phone data. Therefore, we recommend using Assistant for iOS for iPhone data backup and restore, because it can not only back up iPhone quickly without using iTunes, but also you can choose to back up to iTunes or back up to your computer. In addition, you can also selectively manage iOS data with the help of this tool.

Try it now! If you have other ways to back up and restore your iPhone quickly and efficiently without iTunes, welcome to comment.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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