By AOMEI / Last Updated December 15, 2020

How to backup iPhone without iTunes?

My iPhone needed to be backed up, but I can’t find iTunes on my Mac now, so how can I backup everything on my iPhone now?

- Question from an iPhone user

Data insurance is gradually accepted by people. After suffering from unexpected data loss like losing photos after iOS 12/13 update, users do not only save the files on computer, but also backup iPhone data now.

iTunes is a familiar tool for Apple users, so it is often chosen to backup iPhone or iPad. It is accepted by users for creating full iPhone backup by one click, but some users also hate its deficiencies like not allowing to access data in the backup or totally overwriting iPhone after restoration.

iTunes Logo

If you can’t find iTunes on your Mac, it is because it has been removed from the latest macOS. You will know the reason and get 3 ways to backup iPhone without iTunes.

Section 1. How to backup iPhone with Finder?

iTunes is dead on the latest macOS. 3 independent applications, Podcast, Music, and TV, now take over most of iTunes’ jobs on macOS Catalina. The feature of backing up iPhone and iPad has been moved to Finder.

The interface and steps to backup iPhone have not been changed so much.

Step 1. Open Finder on Mac. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable.

Step 2. Select your iPhone in the left and select General in the window.

Step 3. Click Back Up Now to backup iPhone to Mac.

Finder Backup iPhone On Mac OS Catalina

Your backup still cannot be viewed restoring iPhone with Finder will erase iPhone first. Nothing has been changed except for where to make the backup. If you have problems when backing up iPhone with Finder, this guide iPhone not backing up to iTunes is still helpful.

Section 2. How to backup iPhone with iCloud?

Get tired of the way iTunes works for you? You can have other ways to backup iPhone. iCloud is at your service. Actually, iCloud and iTunes saved nearly the same things. You can know more about this from this guide iCloud vis iTunes backup. If you have enough iCloud storage, iCloud is a better choice than iTunes.

How to backup iPhone to iCloud?

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi.

Step 2. Go to iPhone Settings > tap [your name] > select iCloud > select Backup > turn on iCloud backup.

Step 3. If you wish to instantly create an iCloud backup, tap Back Up Now or iCloud will automatically backup iPhone data at night when the screen is locked.

Backup iPhone on iCloud

Sometimes you have too many data on iPhone, and iCloud send alert that there is not enough space in iCloud. You can just backup iPhone photos to iCloud or save fewer app data.

Go to iCloud > select Manage Storage > tap the name of your device.

iCloud will estimate the size of your iPhone backup. There are the apps going to be saved to iCloud backup. You can switch off the button to stop saving some of them.

Section 3. How to backup iPhone without iTunes or iCloud?

The disadvantage of iCloud and iTunes is very obvious that you can only backup iPhone in their way. How can you backup iPhone in your own way?

AOMEI MBackupper is the best way to backup iPhone to computer without iTunes. It is a professional iPhone backup software but is totally free of charge, supporting backing up photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages from iPhone or iPad to computer. You can make an easy iPhone backup with it. Besides, there are more brilliant features for you.

  • Preview and select data to make sure everything is what you want

  • Backup data from iPhone to computer at superfast speed

  • Support transferring data to new iPhone/iPad

  • Support all the iPhone (including iPhone 12/11/SE 2020 version/iOS 13/12) and iPad 8/Air 4

Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Use a USB cable to connect iPhone to computer and tap “Trust” on iPhone. Follow the steps to use AOMEI MBackupper.

Step 1. Select Custom Backup.

Custom Backup iPhone

Step 2. Click the icon on the home screen to select the types of data you want. Preview and select the specific data and click OK.

Select iPhone Data

Step 3. Specify the storage path and click Start Backup.

Start Backup iPhone

Tips: Your backups created by AOMEI MBackupper can be easily viewed and managed.
◆ To view the data on your backups, click the eye icon in Backup Management.
◆ To locate your backups on computer, click the pin icon.
◆ To make an incremental backup, click the triangle icon.

Backup Management


iTunes has been removed from macOS Catalina. If you still appreciate the way it works, you can use Finder to do the same job. iCloud does the same job like iTunes, but you’d better prepare enough iCloud storage to save everything you want.

The best alternative for you to backup iPhone without iTunes or iCloud free of charge is AOMEI MBackupper. You can have more choice to save data on iPhone.

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