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How to Backup iPhone to Mac Before Upgrading to iPhone X/8 in A Way Much Easier than iTunes

Posted by Lila to iPhone Manager, Backup iPhone | Last updated on September 18, 2017

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 11 or upgrade from old iPhone to iPhone X or iPhone 8. When it comes to backup iPhone to Mac for iOS 11 software udpate, iPhone X/8 upgrade or simply data protection, Apple users are left with only one way to go: iTunes. But that's not your only option. This post will show you how to backup iPhone to MacBook Air/Pro, iMac, Mac mini etc, including music, photos, pictures, videos etc in a way that is far easier than iTunes. Just one click, your iPhone data will be backed up instantly and safely on Mac.

# One-click Backup iPhone to Mac with MacX MediaTrans

This iTunes alternative mainly focuses on simplifies the process of data backup between iPhone and Mac computers. With only one click, users can easily transfer videos, music, ringtone, encrypted iTunes purchases, photos, pictures, ebooks etc and backup from iPhone to Mac before you update to iOS 11 or upgrade to iPhone X/iPhone 8/Plus - MacX MediaTrans:

Preview and selectively backup data from iPhone to your Mac.
No data loss on devices during the backup or restore.
2-Way transfer makes iPhone backup and restore to iPhone X/iPhone 8/Plus simple.
Instant data backup, e.g., it takes 30s to backup 1000 pictures, 10x faster than other tools.
Supported iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus, iPad, iPod that run iOS 11/10/9 or earlier.
Fully compatible with macOS High Sierra or earlier, and Windows 10 or earlier.

Guide on How to Backup Data from iPhone to Mac Effortlessly

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How to backup iPhone music to Mac

Step 1: Launch the iPhone to Mac backup tool 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 how to backup iPhone music to Mac as an example. Click "Music Manager" on the main interface and it will load all your iPhone music. Scroll down to choose your whole or multiple music songs you wanna backup to Mac from iPhone 7/7 Plus/6S/SE/6/5s etc.

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 backup from Mac to iPhone after iOS 11 update or restore backups to iPhone X, iPhone 8 or Plus, simply select the files from computer, click Import and then you can sync data from Mac to iPhone X/8/Plus.

1. When you create iTunes purchases' backup 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, the iPhone to Mac backup software 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 data backup from iPhone to Mac, including backup iPhone photos, pictures, videos, iBooks, ringtones, and more. With the 2-way transfer option, you can easily restore backups from Mac to iPhone X/8/Plus or iOS 11-updated iPhone, simply go the other way around. It's simple.

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# Use iTunes to Backup iPhone to Mac

iTunes is the official way offered by Apple to create backups of iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your computer. Truly, iTunes can cope with various iPhone data backup to Mac, like backing up settings, messages, contacts, notes, etc. As the official solution, the free iOS data backup with iTunes is adpoted by a majority of iPhone users. And here, we also offer you a guide on how to backup iPhone to Mac via iTunes.

Note: Make sure you have closed iCloud before you backup data from iPhone 4S/5/5s/6/6S/SE/7/8/X since you can't backup iPhone to MacBook Air/Pro or iMac 4K/5K using iTunes when iCloud is enabled. To close iCloud: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn off the iCloud Backup switch.

how to backup iPhone to Mac via iTunes

Step 1: To avoid any unnecessary errors during the backup, first download the latest version of iTunes on Mac.
Open iTunes and connect your iPhone 6/6S/5s/SE/7/8/X 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.

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

1. When you use iTunes to backup iPhone to Mac or restore data to iPhone X/iPhone 8/Plus, 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 backup can easily cause iTunes not working errors due to any improper operation. The iTunes errors are myriad: iTunes could not backup the iphone bacause there is not enough free space, the backup was corrupt, the iphone disconnected, an error occurred for no reason...

MacX MediaTrans vs iTunes Backup

With iTunes, 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.

Full Comparison of Solutions to Backup iPhone to macOS


MacX MediaTrans


Number of backups

Make as many backup 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 backup large files or massive content

File type supported

Photos, music, ringtone, videos, iTunes locked purchases, iBooks, Podcast, etc.

Contacts, calendars, notes, text messages and settings

Backup location

User defined (external drive or NAS incl.)

Default drive only (~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/)

DRM removal



Auto convert



User friendly

Extremely easy

Confusing and complicated



Many iTunes errors (Error 9006, 1671, 9, 3194, 50, 54, 39, etc.)

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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