iPhone to Windows

How to back up your iPhone to a Windows computer

They say the only backup you ever regret is the one you didn’t make. iPhone backups can be used to easily move your apps and data to a new phone, to recover things you’ve lost, or to fix things that have failed.

We’ve published posts on how to back up your iPhone to iCloud, and how to backup an iPhone to a Mac. Another method is to backup using the iTunes app on a Windows system.

Choose whichever backup method works best for you, and will continue to work.

First, connect your iPhone to the Windows system with a cable.

You are likely to see a prompt on your iPhone asking whether it can trust this computer.

prompt on iPad asking to Trust the connected computer

To proceed, tap Trust and entering your passcode.

Enter you passcode to confirm Trust

Then open the iTunes app on your Windows device.

iTunes icon on the PC

In iTunes click the Device symbol in the upper left corner (next to the Music drop down box).

Device symbol in iTunes menu

Note: It may take a while before the device icon appears

In the Settings of the iTunes app select Summary.

Summary menu item in iTunes settings

You’ll see some device data about your iPhone, and below that a Backups menu.

Here you can select either iCloud or This Computer.

Backup options in the iTunes app with This conmputer selected

To create a local backup select This Computer and click on Back Up Now to create a new backup of your iPhone on your Windows System.

To encrypt your backups, select Encrypt local backup, type a password, then click Set Password.

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Pieter Arntz

Malware Intelligence Researcher

Was a Microsoft MVP in consumer security for 12 years running. Can speak four languages. Smells of rich mahogany and leather-bound books.