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How to Backup iPhone without iTunes in 2024: 100% Working

It is important to back up your iPhone or iPad data in advance to avoid unexpected data loss. iTunes is Apple's official way to back up iPhone/iPad to a computer. With it, you can backup almost all of your device's data and settings.

iTunes backup is good, however, it still has some drawbacks. For example, you are not allowed to backup selected data, and the existing data on your iPhone will be overwritten during the restoration. Besides, iTunes sometimes may fail to back up iPhone for various reasons.

Fortunately, iTunes is not the only option to back up iPhone/iPad. If iTunes backup doesn't work or you're not satisfied with it, you're in the right place. In this guide, we will show you 4 ways to backup iPhone without iTunes.

1. Backup iPhone to Computer without iTunes Selectively

The limitation of iTunes is that you can only make a full backup, which takes a long time to complete. How can you simplify the process and backup the data you need only? All you need is FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore. It is a professional yet simple-to-use iPhoe backup tool that allows you to easily back up iPhone data to computer without using iTunes.

Download the tool on your computer and follow the steps below to backup your iPhone without iTunes:


  • Launch FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore on your PC and connect your iPhone with it. Unlock the device and trust the computer when prompted.

backup restore

  • When the device is detected, choose the Backup & Restore section from the left menu. Then click on Backup and select the file types you need to backup.


  • Once the backup is complete, select “View Backup Data” to view all backed-up files.

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Advantages of Backing Up iPhone with FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore

  • No iTunes required, you don't need to install iTunes or any other Apple software.
  • Supports to backup photos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp and more data on iPhone/iPad.
  • You can back up the whole iPhone or choose specific files to backup to your computer.
  • Restore the backup data to your iPhone without overwriting the existing data on the device.
  • This tool works well on all iPhones and iOS versions, including iPhone 14 and iOS 16.

2. Backup iPhone without iTunes Using iCloud

Another option to back up iPhone without iTunes is to use Apple's iCloud service. iCloud will upload the iPhone data to the cloud-based storage space when the device is locked and connected to Wi-Fi. And you can choose to manually or automatically back up iPhone data every day to ensure the integrity of the backup. The content being backed up to iCloud include photos, music, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, etc.

Similar with iTunes, you can't backup specific files and the restoration will overwrite existing data on the device. If you don't mind these, follow the steps below to back up your iPhone with iCloud:

  • Connect your iPhone to WiFi and go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  • Turn on iCloud Backup and iCloud will automatically back up the iPhone data when the device is locked and connected to power.

icloud backup

Note: If you want to back up your iPhone immediately, you can click on Back Up Now to perform a munual iCloud backup. You can check the backup by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Account Storage > Backups. If you don't have sufficient iCloud storage, you can choose a previous backup from the list, then click Delete & Turn Off Backup.

3. Backup iPhone without iTunes Using Finder

iTunes is no longer available since macOS Catalina and Apple has introduced Finder as the replacement tool to do the iPhone backup. If you are using a Mac that is running macOS Catalina (10.15), you can back up your iPhone easily in the Finder.

However, users still cannot view or access the data from the backup on the computer. This is because the content is saved in incomprehensible formats and the only way to check them is restoring the backup to your iPhone.

Follow these steps to back up your iPhone using Finder:

  • Using a USB cable to connect your iPhone to Mac and unlock the device.
  • Open Finder and select your iPhone when detected.
  • Tap General and select Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
  • Tap Back Up Now to begin backing up your iPhone to computer without iTunes.

backup iphone via finder

Finder also enables users to check their iPhone’s backup location. To do this, go to Finder > [you device] > General > Manage Backups and right-click on the backup and select Show in Finder.

4. Backup iPhone without iTunes Using Google Drive

Google offers a cloud-based storage that is free to use, called Google Drive. Anyone with a Google account can synchronize their device’s data to the cloud storage. Follow these steps to back up your iPhone to computer using Google Drive:

  • Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone and choose the menu on the top-left side.
  • Proceed to the Settings and choose Backup.
  • Turn on Contacts, Calendar Events, and Photos & Videos.
  • Click on Start Backup. Then visit www.drive.google.com from your PC browser and download the data.

backup iphone with google drive


Above are the 4 ways to backup iPhone without iTunes. Of course, you should develop a good habit of backing up your iPhone data at any time to avoid accidental data loss. If you don't create a backup, you can also rely on FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, which can help you recover deleted/lost data from iPhone without any backup.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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