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How to back up iPhone without iTunes or iCloud

Would you like to hear about the first three pieces of advice we’re offering new iPhone owners? Back up, back up, and back up.

Your iPhone is full of valuable and irreplaceable material, from precious images and messages to health information, company contacts, emails and documents, thousands of games and applications, and hundreds of songs that have been laboriously downloaded. And you could lose everything if your phone is stolen or destroyed (which is an unfortunately common occurrence) or bricked by a malfunction during one of Apple’s daily iOS updates, assuming you don’t back up.

In a secure off-device backup, in the cloud or on a Mac or Laptop, it is much easier to save the contents of your iPhone (and your iPad too, for that matter) so that if anything goes wrong, you can quickly recover the lot. This also makes migrating to a new computer simpler without having to set anything up from scratch.

This reasonable and seemingly easy advice, however, is often better said than done. Many iPhone owners get into bad habits, backing up occasionally or not at all, and why this should be the case is worth wondering.

The iTunes and iCloud downsides

iTunes and iCloud, one for local backups and the other for the cloud, are Apple’s two backup solutions. All have downsides that can scare off people as much as they should from backing up.

iTunes helps you to backup iPhone content to a desktop device. The app has been criticized for being bloated over the years and many iPhone owners find it fiddly; it is free to use, but not always user-friendly. Backing up takes up room on your computer in this way, and this is not a minor factor if you have a low-storage laptop. Finally, it can only backup all or none of the contents of an iPhone; it can not carry out partial backups.

As the name suggests, iCloud is cloud-based: the backup is stored on the servers of Apple and can be accessed with a web connection from anywhere, which makes it usually more convenient than iTunes backup. But keep in mind that the servers of Apple can be breached and in the past have been breached, there is always a slight chance for a hacker to access your personal data and pictures.

Backing up via iCloud can also be a frustratingly slow operation, and it can not carry out partial backups like iTunes. But the biggest obstacle is cost: Apple gives each iPhone owner a free iCloud storage allowance, but this is so limited (just 5 GB) that if you want to use it for iPhone backups, you would really have to pay an extra monthly fee for additional storage.

The iPhone Boss of DearMob

Apple would prefer to use its own backup software for you, but it is important to know that there are other alternatives out there. In this post, the one we will answer is DearMob iPhone Manager, which has a range of advantages over iTunes and iCloud.

DearMob includes a number of extra resources that you don’t get with the products from Apple. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the ability to conduct selective backups, which ensures that images, addresses, texts, music and video, contacts, and message files can be backed up and restored individually. In addition, a wide variety of formats are supported and converted by the program, allowing you to back up HEIC files like JPG, ePub as TXT, contacts as HTML or XML, and various file types as PDF, for example, if this is more convenient for you. It also provides two-way sync to multiple data-free devices, fast transfer speeds, password protection for selected files, and the ability to back up and restore a complete one-click backup.

How to conduct a total backup

Let’s walk through the basic process for making a local iPhone backup to offer an idea of the way iPhone Manager operates.

  • Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac or Laptop.
  • Tap on the iPhone to ‘Trust This Machine.’
  • Open the iPhone Manager with DearMob and press ‘Backup’.
  • ‘Backup Now’ is pressed. It will create a complete iPhone backup file.

What if you don’t want to back up your iPhone with all the files? Here’s how to create a backup of selected images using the iPhone Manager. If you would like to back up messages, addresses, songs, podcasts, calendar entries, Safari bookmarks, files for pages, and other data types, the process is largely the same.

  • Open iPhone Manager and click on ‘Image Transfer’ with the iPhone plugged into your desktop device.
  • Pick the photos that you would like to back up.
  • Click the ‘Export’ button, then wait until the file is created.

It is as easy as that.


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