By Nick / Last Updated July 21, 2020

How to backup iPhone without iCloud?

iCloud has stopped working for me. It keeps failing on my iPhone 7. I would like to know other ways to backup my iPhone. Wish they could be as easy-to-use as possible.

- Question from an iPhone user

Backing up iPhone data should be very necessary and when users plans to make an iPhone backup, iCloud or iTunes is often the first thing coming into mind.

iCloud Logo

Saving things to iCloud makes you restore iPhone or transfer data to new iPhone everywhere you want with the Internet. Maybe you plan to backup iPhone with iCloud but your iCloud backup is stuck, there is not enough iCloud storage or it fails for other reasons, so you want iCloud alternative to keep backing up iPhone data.

This guide will be very helpful for that. You will know how to backup iPhone/iPad to computer with iTunes or another tool. If you still want to store your backup in the cloud, there is an excellent cloud storage solution for you.

Method 1. How to backup iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper?

How to backup iPhone without iCloud? AOMEI MBackupper is the best iCloud/iTunes alternative for you. Do you want to easily access the photos in your backup? Either iCloud or iTunes does not give you the choice to easily manage photos backup. AOMEI MBackupper will let you completely manage iPhone photos and other important iPhone data.

  • Backup photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to Windows PC

  • Preview every item and select the needed data to backup

  • View and locate data in your backups on computer

  • Create incremental backup to save time and space

  • Restore iPhone or transfer data to new iPhone without deleting anything

  • Support all the iPhone (iPhone 11/SE 2020 Supported) and iOS (iOS 12/13 Supported)

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup software. You just download the installation package for free and follow the guide to backup your iPhone simply in 3 steps. Connect iPhone to PC with a USB cable. Unlock the screen to tap Trust on iPhone or the connection cannot be built.

Step 1. Open AOMEI MBackupper. Select Custom Backup.

iPhone Custom Backup

Step 2. Click the icon and select items you need. Click OK to return.

Select iPhone Data

Step 3. Select the path on computer to store the backup and click Start Backup.

Start Backup iPhone


Your iPhone data can be viewed and located. Click the eye icon to view data in AOMEI MBackupper and click the pin icon to locate data on computer.

The path to store your backup can be your NAS, but you must map the network location to computer before you can see it in AOMEI MBackupper.

Method 2. How to backup iPhone with iTunes?

Want to save the same things like iCloud works for you? You can turn to iTunes. If you don’t know which content will be saved, you can read this guide what does a full iPhone backup include. Your settings and apps data like WhatsApp messages can be saved by iTunes.

Step 1. Download iTunes to computer and connect iPhone to iTunes with a USB cable. Click the device icon.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Select Summary in the left and click Back UP Now. It might be finished in about 15 minutes.


You can only make a full backup of iPhone (usually more than 8GB) every time with iTunes and these backups will be only saved to C Drive. If you often use iTunes to do that, your C Drive will be jammed with iTunes backups soon.

Besides, like iCloud backups, iTunes backups cannot be viewed, too. If you want to always take control of your backups, you should try the method 1.

Method 3. How to backup iPhone with Google Drive?

There is a better iCloud alternative for you. Although Google Drive does not save data as much as iCloud does, it gives you far more cloud storage. You would have 15GB of free storage to save iPhone photos, contacts, and calendars. This could be a proper solution when you have many pictures in Photos app.

Step 1. Download and install Google Drive from App Store.

Step 2. You need to sign in Google Drive with a Google account and click on the Menu icon (parallel lines) in the upper-left corner.

Step 3. Select Settings > tap Backup > tap Start backup.

Google Drive


For some reason, your iCloud backup failed or you just don’t like to backup or restore iPhone with iCloud backup. Indeed, iCloud is not so convenient to use so how to backup iPhone without iCloud?

You can use AOMEI MBackupper or iTunes to backup iPhone to computer. AOMEI MBackupper is more recommended because it lets you take full control of your backup without Apple ID. If you still prefer cloud storage, you can use Google Drive to backup iPhone data with more free cloud storage.

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