How To Backup iPhone To iTunes On A PC

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 08/07/21 •  4 min read

Making backups of your iPhone is important. Here’s how to do it on a Windows PC.


Wondering how to backup iPhone to iTunes on a PC? It’s a common question and one that Apple could have made the process for a little easier.

But first, before we get into the actual steps, let’s first explain what is what.

What An iTunes iPhone Backup Does And Doesn’t Save

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An iPhone backup via iTunes will save most of the unique data on your iPhone and duplicate it on your PC. However, some things on your iPhone are not saved during a backup. This is the list from Apple of what is NOT backed up during an iTunes backup:

There is one more thing to mention, iPhone iTunes backups can also backup your sensitive activity, health, and keychain data, but you’ll need to make sure you encrypt the iTunes backup first. We’ll show you how below.

How To Backup iPhone To iTunes On A PC

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OK, now it’s time to backup your iPhone to iTunes on your PC. Here’s how:

  1. Open the iTunes program on your PC. You can find it in the Start menu.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC with its Lightning to USB cable.
  3. You might be asked on your iPhone to enter your passcode or “Trust This Device” (your PC). If you are, enter your passcode or tap to confirm you trust your PC.
  4. In the iTunes sidebar, click on your iPhone.
  5. On your iPhone’s screen in iTunes, click on the Summary field.
  6. On the Backups portion of the screen, select “This Computer” as the backup location.
  7. If you want to backup your iPhone health, activity and keychain data, you’ll need to check the “Encrypt Local Backup” box too. Enter a password for the encrypted backup and DO NOT FORGET IT. If you encrypt your iPhone iTunes backup you will not be able to restore your backup to an iPhone without the password.
  8. Click the “Back Up Now” button. The backup process could take a long while depending on the size of the backup. When it is done, you’ll see the date and time of the latest iTunes iPhone backup listed below the “Back Up Now” button.

And that’s it! You’ve now backed uproar iPhone to iTunes on your PC.

Here’s how to backup an Android phone! Also, be sure to check out how to use iCloud Keychain passwords for Windows! And When Does iTunes Have Sales?

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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