How to Backup iPhone, iPad and iPod Using iTunes


Backing up your devices is the best way to not loose important documents, photos and contacts. Continuous backup over a constant period of time is very useful. Once your your device is lost, stolen or severely damaged then the need of backing up will strike you most. Apple gives us two easy method for back up. One is iCloud backup and another on is iTunes backup. 

iCloud is automated and fully wireless backup method of Apple. They provide free 5 GB for all users, which is the main difficulty that could face in future cause you have to purchase additional space. On other hand the iTunes have no such limitation. In the case of iTunes, the system space onto which we keep backup file will consider. In this post we will learn about backup using iTunes.

What is Backed up Using iTunes

  • Calendar accounts and events.
  • Call history.
  • Contacts and favorites contacts.
  • Photos, videos, screen shots.
  • App store application data.
  • in-app purchase.
  • Home screen arrangements.
  • Application settings, data and preferences.
  • Auto-fill information. 
  • Notes.
  • Paired Bluetooth devices.
  • Safari bookmarks, history, cache and even currently open pages.
  • Messages (iMessage, MMS and SMS).
  • Wallpapers. 
  • YouTube history and bookmarks.
  • Game center account.

What is Backed up Using iCloud

  • Photos and videos.
  • Apps.
  • Call history.
  • Device setting.
  • Home screen arrangements. 
  • iMessage, MMS, SMS.
  • Purchase history.
  • Ringtones


Note: Before starting backup turn off iCloud backup and better to have latest version of iTunes. For the updates, launch iTunes then go to Help > Check for updates. To turn of iCloud in iPhone or iPad (iOS 11) , go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud or by directly clicking the Apple profile of the user.



Wired Sync:
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to computer using data cable.
  • Right click on your device name from leftmost panel under 'Devices'.
  • Choose 'Back Up'.

Wireless Sync: First turn off your iCloud then go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. From the list of active Wi-Fi signals around you choose your computer and select 'Sync Now'. To back up follow same steps using wired sync.


  • Sync iTunes with your device either using wireless or wired method described above.
  • Open iTunes.
  • Right click on your device.
  • Now select ' Restore from Backup...'
It will take few minutes to finish restoring so wait till the progress bar show 100%. Keeping backup of your devices, iPhone, iPad or iPod is always good especially when you trying to update your iOS to latest version.

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