How to Backup iPhone 7 to Computer with iTunes

After you bought a new iPhone 7, you may create new contacts, take photos and download favorite songs and videos to it. After a long time, there would be so much important information stored on your iPhone 7. Therefore, it seems essential to save these important data to computer in case any accidental damage or data loss on your iPhone 7. But how to backup iPhone 7?

Actually, iTunes is one nice tool to backup iPhone 7 to computer. In this guide, we will show you how to backup iPhone 7 to computer with iTunes. In addition, we tells you some tips to solve “iTunes won’t backup problems”.

The Tools You Need to Backup iPhone

  1. An iPhone 7.
  2. iTunes (You’d better use the latest version of iTunes – iTunes 12.6.1).
  3. One computer, no matter it is a Windows computer or a Mac.
  4. One USB cable for your iPhone 7.

How to Backup iPhone 7 to Computer with iTunes Step By Step

There are two methods to backup iPhone 7 with iTunes. And before starting, you need to download and install the latest  version, iTunes 12.5, on your computer.

You can go to iTunes device management panel to backup your iPhone 7 to computer.

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone 7 to computer via USB cable. If it’s the first time for you to connect your device to computer, you need to download and install a driver on computer to make your device recognized by your computer.

Step 2. If a message asks you to unlock your device, Trust Your Computer on your iPhone 7 or something else, just do it.

Step 3. If your device is recognized by iTunes, you will see the below interface. Then click your iPhone 7 icon as we show.

Click iPhone 7 icon
Click iPhone 7 icon

Step 4. Click “Summary”, you will see the below interface. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your device, you need to encrypt your backup: Select “Encrypt iPhone backup” as we show and create a memorable password. If you don’t want to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click “Back Up Now”.

Backup iPhone 7 with iTunes 12 on device management panel
Backup iPhone 7 with iTunes 12 on device management panel

Besides, on iTunes menu, you can also find the feature to backup your device.

Step 1. Click “File” on iTunes as we show, choose “Device” and click “Back Up Now”. (On mac, the iTunes menu is on the top left corner of your computer screen when your iTunes is activated.)

Backup iPhone 7 to computer on iTunes menu
Backup iPhone 7 to computer on iTunes menu

Step 2. After clicking “Back Up”, the below note will appear. You can choose whether Back Up Apps or not based on your need.

Choose whether back up app or not
Choose whether back up app or not

Step 3. After you choose and click whether Back Up Apps or not, you will see the below note. You can choose whether Transfer Purchases or not based on your need. Then wait the whole backing up progress done.

Backup iPhone 7 to computer on iTunes menu
Backup iPhone 7 to computer on iTunes menu

After the process ends, you can see if you have successfully made a backup for your iPhone 7 on iTunes menu > Edit > Devices. If you have made the backup successfully, you will see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup.

Check iTunes backups on Windows computer
Check iTunes backups on Windows computer

If you are using a Mac computer, the iTunes menu is a little different from that in Windows, you should go to Preferences > Devices to check your iTunes backups for your iPhone 7.

If you can’t backup iPhone 7 with iTunes

When using iTunes to backup your iPhone, you may face some issues of iTunes crashing, freezing or can’t backup, you can read our related posts to solve them.


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