How to backup Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with iTunes

How to backup iOS device using iTunes

Users of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) can backup their devices directly using iTunes.

With this function, iTunes makes a backup of settings, contacts, calendars and notes from the iOS device. The app also has a very useful function, with which you may encrypt your backups and protect them with a password.

Other content such as audio, video, books, applications, photos and other stuff can be synchronized between iTunes Library in a computer and iOS device with the 'Sync' function in iTunes.

Apple iTunes manage device window
Apple iTunes manage device window

Using backup function in iTunes

Making new backup using iTunes

Apple iTunes Back Up menu

Apple iTunes Back Up menu

  1. Connect the iOS device to the computer via USB.
  2. In iTunes press the right mouse button on your device in section Devices.
  3. You will see roll menu with option Back Up.
  4. Wait a few seconds till iTunes finishes the backup process.

You can manage your backups in iTunes with the Edit → Preferences → Devices option

Apple iTunes device backup menu
Apple iTunes device backup menu

Restoring backup in iTunes.

To restore iOS backup, use the same way like when creating the backup, but instead choose the Restore from Backup option instead. iTunes will show a new window, where can you choose your device and after use the Restore option so your backup will be imported to your iOS device.

Apple iTunes restore from backup window
Apple iTunes Restore From Backup window


Where you can find iTunes backups

In the Windows version of the iTunes the backup data are stored in the directory:

\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

In the Mac version of the iTunes the backup data are stored in the directory:

/Users/UserName/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Related software and links:

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple iTunes for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Program used to organize and plays your digital music and video

Apple iTunes for Windows icon

Apple iTunes for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Multimedia file manager and library for Apple users


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mbdb - Apple iOS backup manifest file

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