One of the few things I constantly urge people to do is back up their devices. This is important because you never know when a device might fail and losing all data is kind of nightmare fuel for everyone. iPhones don’t usually suffer from irreparable problems very often, but it’s always a good idea to back them up. So, here is how to backup iPhone with Windows PC.
Backup iPhone on Windows 10
A few months ago, when I primarily used a Mac as my daily driver, creating and deleting iPhone backups was ridiculously easy. However, now that I’m mostly on a Windows PC at work, things are a bit more complicated than they were on macOS.
If you’re in the same boat as me, don’t worry, just follow this article to learn how iPhone backups work on Windows. As always, you can use the table of contents below to jump to the section of your choice.
Backup iPhone with Windows using iTunes
Even though iTunes no longer exists on macOS and the backup feature is now integrated into the Mac Finder application, the software is still available for Windows. In fact, this is the recommended way to manage iPhone or iPad with Windows PC. Here’s how to use iTunes on Windows to backup iOS devices.
- Download itunes
- Connect your iPhone to your Windows PC via the included Lightning cable. You may need a dongle if your iPhone has a USB-C to Lightning cable and your PC doesn’t have a USB-C port.
- Click on the phone icon in the top bar of iTunes. This will open the main phone management screen in the software.
- Select “This Computer” to back up your iPhone to your PC’s local drive. You can also enable/disable encrypted backups here.
To note: If you disable encrypted backups, your passwords as well as your Health and HomeKit data will not be backed up.
- Click “Back Up Now” to start backing up your iPhone.
Backup iPhone with Windows Using iMazing
If you don’t want to use iTunes for some reason, you can also try the much more feature-rich app, iMazing, to back up your iPhone to your Windows computer.
- Download iMazing
- C Connect your iPhone to your Windows PC using the included Lightning cable. You may need a dongle if your iPhone has a USB-C to Lightning cable and your PC doesn’t have a USB-C port.
- Launch iMazing on your PC and click “Backup”.
- You can adjust the settings for your backups here, including encrypted backups, save location, etc. Once you have everything set up the way you want, just click Save.
Voila, iMazing will start backing up your iPhone to the location you selected.
Easily Backup Your iPhone to Windows Computers
That’s about all you need to know about backing up your iPhone locally on your Windows computer. You can also use iCloud backups if you don’t want to depend on your PC. However, this requires you to purchase additional iCloud storage as the free 5GB obviously won’t be enough to back up your entire iPhone.
Personally, I prefer backing up my iPhone locally and using iTunes or iMazing is the easiest and frankly the best way to do that. If you run into any errors while trying to back up your iPhone with a Windows PC, let us know in the comments and we’ll try to help.