By AOMEI / Last Updated April 20, 2020

How to backup iPhone to computer without iTunes?

----I want to save messages and contacts from my iPhone to computer, but I don’t know what iTunes would save from my iPhone, so anyone could tell me how to save my iPhone without iTunes?

- Question from a Apple User

iPhone could carry a lot of important data from you. Think if you got a new iPhone without any content from the previous one, how confused you could be to start to use it. As a result, you would find that you could not live without the old iPhone. Losing some photos for unexpectedly deleting apps would surprise you (in an unexpected way). You should take precautions for that bad situation, especially when you are going to upgrade iOS or jailbreak iPhone.

iTunes is a famous tool. You could find it very powerful to get music and videos, but it could also leave you puzzled when you backup iPhone with it. It could just do one thing, saving most data it thinks necessary but you might not think so. If you want to save just photos or contacts, you would still have to make a full backup of iPhone and it would be hard to view photos in iTunes backup.

Your request has been received. You would find it is too easy to backup iPhone to computer without iTunes in every way following this passage.


Method 1. How to backup files from iPhone to computer without iTunes?

If you use iTunes, it would not tell you what would be saved to computer because you would just find a button “Back Up Now” in iTunes. Even if you complete the backup, you would not view content in iTunes. What makes it more annoying is that restore iPhone from iTunes backup would clear everything on iPhone. It seems Apple emphasize your privacy too much to leave you to have your own choice. If you want to backup iPhone to computer via an easier way, you could try a new tool.

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup tool. It would let you save what you want to computer, easily manage backup files, and safely restore iPhone from backup without deleting files on iPhone.

  • View all the photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages on your iPhone

  • Select the wanted files to backup to computer

  • Restore data to another device from any backup with no harm

  • Transfer data at an amazing speed

  • Support iPhone 4s/5/5s/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus/SE/7/7 plus/8/8 plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR/11/ 11 Pro /11 Pro Max

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect device to PC

Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Open AOMEI MBackupper and select iPhone files to backup

Open AOMEI MBackupper and click Custom Backup or Photos Backup is you just need to save pictures. If you want to directly save everything, just click Start Backup. If you want to select files on iPhone, just click the icon of Photos, Videos, Music, Contacts, or Messages to view files in folder. After select everything you want, you could click the button OK to return.

Select Files

Step 3. Start Backup

Click Start Backup and you would find everything you have selected would be backed up to computer in seconds.

Click Start Backup

Managing your backup files with AOMEI MBackupper would be easy. You could easily interact with your tasks in Backup Management.
● Clicking the eye icon could let you view content in this task in AOMEI MBackupper.
● Clicking the pin icon could let you view the backup in Windows Explorer.
● Click Restore could let you start to view and select files as you backup iPhone. Click OK and then click Start Restore to save everything to the target device.

Restore to Device

Method 2. How to backup iPhone Photos to windows 10 PC without iTunes?

iTunes could not help you save just photos from iPhone, but you could transfer photos from PC to iPhone using iTunes. If you are using a Windows 10 computer, you could directly backup iPhone photos to computer with iTunes or installing other tools.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to a Windows 10 computer

Connect iPhone to a Windows 10 PC with USB cable. Tap “Trust” on iPhone and leave the screen on. If the screen is locked, Windows could not read your iPhone.

Step 2. Open Windows Photos app

Photos app should be installed on your computer by default. You could click the Start Button to search and open it.

Windows Photos App

Step 3. Import photos from iPhone to computer

Click Import in the upper-left corner and then select From a USB Device. You could view all the pictures from the Photos app on iPhone and then click Import Selected to backup every photo from iPhone to the Windows 10 computer.

From a Usb Device

Note: You could only find pictures from Photos app on iPhone, so you might miss some photos if you use this method. To avoid leaving unbacked up photos on iPhone, you’d better use the professional tool.


If you find iTunes is not so convenient for you and you want to backup iPhone to computer without iTunes, AOMEI MBackupper could be your first choice. You could see what you are going to save and easily manage iPhone backup on computer. Windows 10 Photos app would help you backup iPhone photos, but it could not import all the photos. If this passage solves your problem, you could share it to help more people.