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How to Back Up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to a Laptop With/ Without iTunes

Blake Sullivan Updated on Apr 15, 2022 3:22 PM

Your iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) is everything that you can't afford to lose. It stores all your photos, videos, messages, notes, contacts, documents, healthy data, settings, and everything else. All stuff is important, and to truly secure your data, you need to perform a proper backup. If you're looking for a decent manner to back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) onto a laptop and keep a copy of your information locally, congratulations! You've came into the right place. We'll round up two solid ways to back up anything locally: using Apple's Finder, iTunes, and a third-party program.

Tips: If you want to back up the exact content on iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to the laptop, like just the contacts, skip to Option 3.

Option 1: Use iTunes

iTunes is still working on Windows laptops and MacBook series running Mojave and earlier versions of Mac OS. It has always been the go-to backup application for your iPhone's precious data and settings. You can also encrypt the backup if you want to save your passwords, Health and HomeKit data. Here's how to take it to manually back up data on iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to (new) laptop in OS Mojave or earlier, or Windows.

  • Connect iPhone 6 (Plus) to your laptop.
  • Open iTunes, and click iPhone icon from the top left of the window.
  • Select "Summary" from Settings menu on the left.
  • Under the Backups heading, choose "This Computer". If you want an encrypted backup, check "Encrypt iPhone backup".
  • Click Back Up Now button.

To restore the backup back to iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) you made with iTunes on laptop, use this complete guide from Apple. The restore will overwrite the existing files in your handset with the data from the backup file, though.

Option 2: Use Finder in Mac OS Catalina or newer

For backing up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) onto laptops running with macOS Catalina, you now need to go through Finder instead of iTunes. This guide explains more: How to back up with your computer

  • Connect iPhone 6/ 6s(Plus) to your laptop with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later.
  • Open Finder, and click [your iPhone] from the side bar.
  • Under General tab, click Back Up Now button to start the process.

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Option 3: Use FoneLab to back up specified files

There's also a third method to copy and back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) files to laptop, and this can be used if you want to archive specific, individual data files to the hard drive. FoneLab's iOS Data Backup & Restore is the option for you.

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The program adopts a partial backup strategy to improve flexibility for backing up a large database on iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) that contain a lot of files. It grants you to select what types of files you want to include in the backup plan: photos, notes, call history, contacts, calendar events, reminders, WhatsApp chats & attachments, app documents, and anything else. Of course, you can also take a full backup of the whole database and store it into the laptop, so that you have a solid restore point for the files if your mobile is lost or damaged.

Extra: if your iPhone is stuck on Apple Logo screen, you could use the "iOS System Recovery" mode to fix that.

The process of backing up data on iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) and save onto laptop is fairly straightforward. What you need to do is connect your device, select types of files you want to save, and the software will autocomplete the copying process. Whether you're using a Windows laptop, or a laptop running with MacOS, the procedure is the same.

Step 1: Attach the iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to laptop

Launch the tool on laptop. From the bottom left corner of the screen, click More Tools to continue.

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Then opt for iOS Data Backup & Restore on the next screen that appears.

Next, to set up a backup for iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) on laptop, click on iOS Data Backup button.

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Now connect your iPhone 6s to the laptop using the cable that comes with your phone. When it's detected, click Start button.

If you want to protect your sensitive information, check "Encrypted backup" option on the bottom to set a password, before clicking the Start button.

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Step 2: Choose file type(s) to back up

In this stage, choose what you would like to import or back up to the laptop, by checking the tiny box next to Photos, App Videos, Messages & Attachments, Call History, Notes, Voice Memos, Safari History, etc.

If you want to transfer all files from iPhone 6 to laptop to have a complete backup, choose "Select All" option on the lower right corner of the screen.

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Step 3: Sync iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to laptop

Next up, click Next button.

Go ahead and select an output path to store your backup files on the laptop. Click Start button to trigger backup process instantly.

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It is really that simple! You are done taking a backup of iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) on the laptop for now, and can perform the restoration whenever you need. Don't Miss: How to Recover Deleted Data on iPhone with/ without Backup

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