4 Steps: How to backup iPhone to mac?

If you have a Mac, you can back up your iPhone data to the Mac. Since the iPhone and computer are connected with a Lightning cable, it finishes faster than backup with iCloud using Wi-Fi, and it can also back up in free time such as when you are not connected to the Internet. So, today in this article we will explain you how to backup iPhone to Mac.

◆ How to backup iPhone to Mac in 2022?

Since the backup mac uses storage such as SSD and HDD of the personal computer (internal or external is OK), there is a high possibility that even people with a lot of data in the iPhone can back up, so it is necessary to upgrade the capacity of iCloud and keep paying monthly.

Disadvantages include the need for a computer, the possibility of losing backups if the computer breaks, and the need for a Lightning cable to connect the iPhone to the Mac.

Use “Finder” for Macs with macOS Catalina or macOS Big Sur to back up to Mac and “iTunes” to back up to Macs before macOS. Here, we will introduce the procedure using “Finder” of macOS Big Sur. We will explain only the major differences in the version of iTunes, but the basic flow is almost the same.

  1. Connect your iPhone and Mac with a cable.

connect iphone and macbook through cable

2. Then, open the Finder window and click your device name from the sidebar.

3. When you connect your iPhone to your Mac for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode or “Do you trust this computer ?” Enter your passcode and click “Trust”

4. Select any one from Backups and click on “Backup Now”.

5. After followed this steps, you can see your last backups date and time.

Yes, it’s done. You can access all date from your Mac. If this steps works for you please share our article.

◆ What data can’t be backed up to iCloud or iTunes?

You can back up iPhone data to iCloud or computer by the method explained above, but it does not back up the entire contents of iPhone. Here, we will introduce the data that is backed up to iCloud and PC, and the data that is not backed up.

  • Data not backed up to iCloud

When backing up to iCloud, only the information and settings stored in the iPhone itself are targeted, and the information already stored in iCloud is not targeted. This includes contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, voice memos, messages stored in iCloud, iCloud photos, shared photos, and more.

App data, Apple Watch backup, device settings, home screen and app placement, messages, text (SMS), MMS messages, photos and videos on iPhone, iTunes Store, etc. can be backed up to iCloud. App Store, bookstore purchase history (music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, etc.), ringtones, visual voicemail (answering phone service) passwords, and more.

  • Data that is not backed up to iCloud

Data already stored in iCloud>>”Mail” data>>Apple Pay information and settings>>Face ID and Touch ID settings>>iCloud Music Library and App Store content (*)

* Purchased content can be re-downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, and Book Store.

  • Data that is not backed up to your Mac

The data that is not backed up to your Mac (Finder or iTunes) is listed below.

  • Data that is not backed up to a Mac

Content obtained from the iTunes Store or App Store, or PDF downloaded directly to Apple Books

Content synced from Finder or iTunes (imported MP3s, CDs, videos, books, photos, etc.)

  1. Data already stored in iCloud (iCloud photos, messages, text (SMS), MMS messages, etc.)
  2. Face ID and Touch ID settings
  3. Apple Pay information and settings
  4. “Mail” data
  5. Activity, healthcare, keychain data.

◆ How to back up passwords, personal payment information, etc?

Passwords and sensitive data are not normally backed up, but you can back them up by setting the Finder or iTunes to encrypt the backup by following the steps below.

  1. Check “Encrypt local backup” on the Finder or iTunes settings screen.
  2. Register a password to protect your iPhone backup and click the “Set Password” button. If you forget the password set here, you will not be able to restore it from the backup, so be sure to write it down or keep it in a safe place.
  3. When you are asked for a password on the connected iPhone, enter the iPhone unlock password to unlock it. After that, backup by Finder or iTunes will start.

◆ How to restore iPhone from Mac backup?

Power on a newly purchased iPhone or an iPhone that has been initialized and shipped from the factory. When the “Hello” screen is displayed, set the language, tap “Set manually”, and tap “Continue”. When you connect to Wi-Fi and create a passcode, the “Apps and Data” screen will be displayed (up to this point, the procedure is the same as iCloud).

To restore from your computer, select “Restore from Mac or PC” on the “Apps and Data” screen and connect your iPhone to your computer with a Lightning cable. Click the “iPhone” displayed in the sidebar in the Mac Finder, or click the iPhone icon button that appears near the bottom of the top menu “Control” in the Windows version of iTunes.

Click “Trust” on the “iPhone Trust” screen. Select “Restore this backup”, select the backup you want to restore from the pop-up menu and click “Continue” to start the restore and the iPhone screen will display “Restoring in progress”. If you are prompted for an encrypted backup password, enter the password and click Continue. Wait until the synchronization with the computer is completed, and then disconnect the iPhone from the computer.

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