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[Updated] How to Backup iPhone to Mac Before Upgrading to iPhone 13

Your iPhone may contain many precious photos, videos, music or other files that you will want to have a safe copy on Mac before you update iPhone to iOS 15 or upgrade from old iPhone to iPhone 13. When it comes to make a backup of iPhone, iPhone upgrade or simply data protection, Apple users are left with only one way to go: iTunes. But that's not your only option as it's not user friendly and has too many iTunes errors. This post will show you how to backup iPhone to Mac in a way that is far easier than iTunes. Just one click, your iPhone data will be backed up instantly and safely on Mac.

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Part 1. One-click Backup iPhone to Mac with MacX MediaTrans

This iTunes alternative for Mac mainly focuses on simplifying the process of data backup between iPhone and Mac. With only one click, users can easily transfer videos, music, ringtone, encrypted iTunes purchases, photos, ebooks etc and make a backup of old iPhone to Mac before you update - MacX MediaTrans:

  • Preview and selectively backup data from iPhone to your Mac.
  • No data loss on devices during the process of backup or restore.
  • 2-Way transfer makes iPhone backup and restore to iPhone simple.
  • Instant data backup, e.g., it takes 30s to backup 1000 pictures, 10x faster than other tools.
  • Supported iPhone (incl. iPhone 13/12/11/Pro/Max/XS), iPad, iPod that run iOS 15 or earlier.
  • Fully compatible with macOS 12 Monterey or earlier, and Windows 11/10 or earlier.

Guide on How to Backup Data from iPhone to Mac Effortlessly

Free download MacX MediaTrans on MacBook Air/Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, etc (macOS 11 Big sur supported).

Step 1: Launch the program and connect your iPhone to Mac computer via USB cable. Select the data type to backup from iPhone to Mac.

Step 2: Here, we take backing up iPhone music to Mac as an example. Click "Music Manager" and it will load all your iPhone music. Scroll down to choose your whole or multiple songs.

How to backup iPhone music to Mac
How to backup iPhone music to Mac

Step 3: Hit "Export" on the top and the songs you select will be backed up to the folder you set on Mac, or do this by drag and drop.

Step 4: To restore the backups, simply select the files from computer, click Import and then you can sync data from Mac to iPhone.

Once you've finished iPhone to MacBook iMac backup, you may want to delete any backups you've made to iCloud (considering iCloud only gives you 5GB free storage space). To free up iCloud space after backup, do this on your Mac:

  • Click the Apple icon at the top corner of your Mac system.
  • Opt for "System Preferences" > "Internet Accounts" > "iCloud."
  • Hit "Manage" button at the bottom right corner of the window and then pick up "Backups."
  • Select a backup to delete > click on the minus icon at the lower left-hand of the window > "Delete." This conduct will both remove all your backups from iCloud to free up your iCloud space, and turn off any further backups.
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1. When you create a backup of iTunes purchases from iPhone to MacBook Air/Pro, iMac etc, there is an option offered to make lock-free iPhone backups on Mac - DRM removal. You can save iTunes protected M4V videos and M4P music on Mac in protection-free MP4/MP3 for easier playback on other players.

2. According to the test, MacX MediaTrans maintains a very fast speed. Specifically: it takes 3s only to backup 20 songs from iPhone to Mac and 30s for 1000 4k-resolution pictures.

3. The above steps will also apply to other files backup from iPhone to Mac. With the 2-way transfer option, you can easily restore backups from Mac to iPhone, simply go the other way around. It's simple.

Part 2. Use iTunes to Backup iPhone to Mac Earlier than macOS Big Sur

iTunes can cope with various iPhone data backup to Mac. As the official solution, the free iOS data backup with iTunes is adpoted by a majority of iPhone users. But you need to know that iTunes works on macOS earlier than Big Sur only since Apple officially ends iTunes since Big Sur.

Note: Make sure you have closed iCloud before you backup data from iPhone since you can't backup iPhone to macOS using iTunes when iCloud is enabled. To close iCloud: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn off the iCloud Backup switch.

Step 1: To avoid any unnecessary errors, first download the latest version of iTunes on Mac.

Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your Mac computer. A message may automatically pop out to ask for your devices passcode or trust this computer and you just need follow the instructions on the screen.

how to backup iPhone to Mac via iTunes
how to backup iPhone to Mac via iTunes

Step 2: Select your iPhone in the left panel and hit "Back Up Now" button to start backing up iPhone to Mac. The time it takes to back up iPhone to Mac depends on the file size and computer performance. It's the same to backup iPad to Mac.

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1. When you use iTunes to backup and restore data to iPhone, you can only backup files like Contact, messages, settings, etc. Music, movies, ringtones, etc. are not supported.

2. There are many users Googling "Where does the backup of iPhone store on Mac computer using iTunes?" Well, the location is: Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

3. From users' feedbacks, iTunes may cause iTunes not working errors due to any improper operation. The iTunes errors are myriad: iTunes could not back up the iphone bacause there is not enough free space, the backup was corrupt, the iphone disconnected, an error occurred for no reason...

Part 3. Use Finder to Backup iPhone to MacBook iMac

The old method provided by Apple to backup iPhone to Mac is iTunes. However, since macOS Big Sur, the iTunes app is gone. You can now use Finder to do the job, which is quite similiar with iTunes backup.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the Mac using a USB-C cable.

Step 2: Open Finder and find your device in the Locations section in the left column of the Finder window.

how to backup iPhone to Mac via Finder
how to backup iPhone to Mac via Finder

Step 3: You will see the information about your device in the right side of the window. Click on the General button near the top of the window if it's not already active.

Step 4: Under "Backups", select "Back up all of the data on this iPhone to this Mac". Then select Back Up Now.

Note: No matter you're using iTunes or Finder to backup iPhone data to MacBook iMac, you need to set a password if you mean to encrypt your backup for increased security. Check "Encrypt iPhone backup" (in iTunes) or "Encrypt local backup" (in Finder) and enter a password. Please take good care of your password and do NOT lose it; otherwise, you're unable to access to your iPhone data.

MacX MediaTrans vs iTunes/Finder Backup

With iTunes/Finder, you are only allowed to create the current backup of your iPhone to Mac. You can't decide what to backup and what not to. Whenever you back up iPhone to Mac, the last backup will be overwritten and result in data loss. That's the benefit of backing up using the iTunes alternative. However, that's not where their differences end.

Below we have the iTunes alternative and Apple option compared in key aspects that users concern most. You can select the suitable solution when it comes to how to backup iPhone to Mac.

Features | MacX MediaTrans | iTunes/Finder

  • Number of Backups: As many as you want; only one backup per device.
  • Preview backup data: Backup whatever you think important; You can't select the backup content
  • Backup speed: Instant backup for even 4K, HD videos & pictures; Slow when you back up large files or massive content
  • File type supported: Photos, music, ringtone, videos, iTunes locked purchases, iBooks, Podcast; Contacts, calendars, notes, text messages and settings
  • DRM removal: Yes; No
  • Auto convert: Yes; No

Bottom line: Today's iPhone has become an important container of family photos, private information, personal data and various other crucial files, and that makes the iPhone data backup a must-do. Backing up iPhone to Mac let you face no space limitations and thus turn into the top way to protect your data. iTunes has a ready way to go, but its complexity appears daunting, especially for newbies. MacX MediaTrans stands as an easier version of iTunes, makes iPhone data to Mac backup very simple to operate.

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