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How to Back up iPhone 11 (Pro, Max) to Mac

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:15 PM

Have updated to a new iPhone 11 Pro Max and now intend to get everything backed up from iPhone 11 Pro Max into a Mac machine? No matter you're holding an iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, here's what you need to know on that job, as well as how to restore from the backups. All steps here also work well with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models.

If you're like most folks, Apple's iCloud is probably the first journey that you've embarked on for backing up your iPhone 11 Pro Max. With the free 5 gigs allocation or upgrading to a paid plan for 50GB, 200 GB or 2T space, you can enjoy the online file and photos storage, and the automated data syncing to make archives at any device linked with the same iCloud account. (Learn what to do if you can't sync Safari bookmarks from iPhone to Mac via iCloud) Though, it's always wise to do a good mix of both cloud and local backup to ensure that the critical data can withstand mishaps.

Back up iPhone 11 Pro Max to Mac (For All Macs)

Recently, we've elaborated How to Back up iPhone Using Windows Computer. Here, we'll have a peek at some backup applications for having a copy of iPhone 11 Pro Max data on Mac running all macOS versions, each of which can go the extra mile to offer excellent security to protect the data.

Finder - Back up iPhone on macOS Catalina 10.15 (or Newer)

Yes, you read it right. The new preinstalled Finder software is now where you back up - as well as sync and manage - the files from an iOS-based device in iMacs or MacBooks running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later where iTunes has ceased to serve. Though it appears to be a little odd at first, copying files and settings on an iPhone 11 Pro Max to Mac with Finder can still be done freely and easily, even if you need an encrypted backup file.

  • Plug your device to a Mac via a USB or USB-C cord and run Finder.
  • Click on the [device name] in the Finder sidebar.
  • In the upper button bar, hit General.
  • In "Backups" part, check Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac option.
  • Should you need to back up Activity, Keychain or other private data, choose Encrypt local backup.

  • Hit Back Up Now button to store iPhone 11 Pro Max backups on Mac computer's hard drive.

After completion, all the grayed buttons should turn available again and the data and time of the latest backup on the Mac will be indicated upon the "Manage Backups" button. You can also click the "Manage Backups" button to locate and see the whole backup list.

Want to back up iPhone 11 Pro Max to Mac wirelessly? Finder can also nail it right. Keep your device connected in Finder using a lightning cable, click on the [device name], and tick the box next to the "Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi" in Options section. Next time, you can freely back up your device to the Mac when they're connected over the same Wi-Fi network.

Aside from performing backups from iPhone 11 Pro Max onto a Mac, Finder also grants you to restore from the backed-up files in the same intuitive page as shown above. After clicking the [device name], press Restore Backup, choose the backup you need from the list and hit Restore.

iTunes - Back up iPhone on macOS Mojave 10.14 (or Older)

While it's a big change in macOS Catalina or above, iTunes still remains alive in a Mac with macOS Mojave, High Sierra, or earlier version. Backing up all iPhone 11 Pro Max data to Mac, syncing, and even restoring from iTunes backups that you've set up can go well on this old-fashioned program as before.

How iTunes works on making a local backup of iPhone 11 Pro Max with Mac is almost the same with that in Finder - of course, at no charge, too:

  • Open the most recent version of iTunes and connect your phone to a Mac computer.
  • Choose the tiny iPhone icon from the top left corner.
  • Click on Summary situated under the "Settings" heading.
  • Find the Backups section and enable This Computer option.
  • Hit the Back Up Now button to start the backup process.

A Good, Safe iOS-to-Mac Backup Strategy

There's a lot of good both in Finder and iTunes, but iOS Data Backup & Restore has gone a few steps further in keep making a backup of iPhone 11 Pro Max more organized and flexible.

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It can mirror all the types of scanned data from the recognized device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, etc.) in a straightforward interface, where you can select specific file categories or just everything to back up into a PC or a Mac. And better yet, all the backup archives are accessible via this tool - you can step through its entire directory tree structure to view each file clearly, and even choose the requisite data to restore.

With that out of the way, copying files from iPhone to iMac (Pro) or MacBook (Air, Pro) is fairly simple. All you need is to get the software downloaded and installed, then follow the below steps:

Step 1: Choose iOS Data Backup

To start, run this backup application on your Mac computer. From the initial screen, click on "More tools" in the lower left corner.

Then, a simple interface should appear, along with three function modules. In this case, hit "iOS Data Backup & Restore".

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Here, choose iOS Data Backup to proceed to the next stage.

When prompted, hook up your device to the Mac. After it's detected, go to select "Standard backup" and inform the tool to continue by clicking the Start button.

Tips: You can change this to the "Encrypted backup" option if your need to safeguard the data and information in case of an externally-sourced attack.

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Step 2: Select desired type(s) of data from iPhone 11 Pro Max

On the opened window, all the data found from your device will be sorted into specific categories respectively.

By default, all the types of data are selected. If you just want to save the required one(s) into the machine, uncheck the "Select All" option and choose what you'd like to back up by ticking the box(es).

Step 3: Make iPhone 11 Pro Max backups to Mac computer

With all needed selected, trigger the backup process by clicking on the Next button. You can get a cup of tea while waiting.

If you wish to restore your iPhone from the developed backup(s) using this tool, here's a quick wizard:

  • Build a wired connection between the phone and the software.
  • Click on "iOS Data Backup & Restore", followed by hitting iOS Data Restore.
  • Choose a backup from the list and click on View Now.
  • Select the files to recover.
  • Hit Restore to Device or Restore to PC to start the process.

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