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Two Ways to back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to a Mac

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

We have come to rely on a smartphone too much everywhere we go. It contains thousands of your priceless photos, years of messages, contacts list, all of which you can't afford to lose. Yet, you still haven't backed up your iPhone 6 (Plus) or iPhone 6s (Plus), though you know everyone should.

That's okay. A number of ways are available to help you back up your phone by copying or syncing everything over to a computer or a cloud-based server. In this guide we'll show you some useful tricks to back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to a Mac computer and save any important data locally on the hard drive. Read on to discover how easy it is.

Part 1. Perform a complete backup: use iTunes or Finder

Tips: You can manually decide what contents you want to back up on Mac, and what you don't. Simply skip to Part 2 to get this done. This is useful if you're limited on your Mac storage space.

Back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to iTunes on Mac (macOS Mojave or earlier)

While Apple has decided to kill off iTunes, this tool still works in macOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier, and behaves well to back up data of iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to Mac machine (iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, etc.). Whether they are photos in Camera Roll, messages, device settings, installed apps, preferences, or any other stuff, all should get backed up at once.

The whole backup process will be completed in a single Summary window in iTunes:

  • Connect your phone to the Mac using USB cable.
  • Launch iTunes.
  • Click the tiny iPhone icon in the top left-hand area of iTunes.
  • Choose Summary from the sidebar.
  • Click Back Up Now to back up files on iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to Mac's drive.

Back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to Mac via Finder (macOS Catalina or newer)

Like with iTunes, the Finder gives you the ability to back up iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) to Mac in macOS 10.15 Catalina.

  • Open Finder from Dock on your Mac, and connect iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus).
  • Choose [your device's name] under Locations section on the sidebar.
  • Click on General tab.
  • Check the option for Back up all of the data on your iPhone on this Mac.
  • Click Back Up Now button to create an archive.

Tips: Before clicking Back Up Now button, you can check "Encrypt iPhone backup" option and set a password for the backup copy for additional secure. Make sure to remember your password; otherwise you won't be able to restore the iTunes backup.

How Do I Back Up iPhone 6 Content to Mac Computer

Now that you have local copy of iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) on the Mac, you could restore it to your original device or on a future phone. Learn: Restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup

Part 2. iPhone backup and restore tool

While iTunes or Finder is the easiest way to get started with local backups, there are considerable advantages to have two copies of data and store them into a different physical location. To do this, use FoneLab's iOS Data Backup & Restore, in a way to backup iPhone 6/ 6s (Plus) data onto Mac computer. Most of the work happens seamlessly and automatically. Just connect the phone to the Mac, choose certain types of files to archive, and backup process will begin instantly. Now, click the green Download button to get started!

Download Now!

for Windows | for MacOS

Something useful about FoneLab that you may want to know:

This full-featured software supports both Windows and Mac platforms, being able to back up all files like photos, iMessages, SMS, videos, contacts, safari history, app attachments, and more in a hassle-free way, and export the content to the folder of your choice. It offers not just full or partial backups, but also a way to restore the backup to previous versions of files on any iOS devices without erasing existing stuff.

On the iOS System Recovery side of things, the toolkit offers a recovery environment you can use for repairing common issues of iOS devices: blue or black screen, stuck in recovery mode, spinning wheel, etc.

In-depth User's Guide

Once you've run the application and have your iPhone 6s connected, backing up everything to a Mac computer is as easy as pie. It works the same way when creating backup for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6s Plus.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone 6s into Mac and choose "iOS Data Backup"

From the opening window of the utility, choose More tools from the left column.

Then attach iPhone 6s to your Mac machine (iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc.).

How to Sync iPhone 6 Plus to Mac without iTunes

Next click on iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Backup and Restore iPhone 6s Plus on Mac

Go ahead and choose iOS Data Backup.

Make a Backup of iPhone 6 (Plus) on a Mac

Next, by default the "Standard backup" is checked. Just click Start button to proceed.

You can also select "Encrypt backup" option to enable an encryption for your private files.

Backing Up Some Files from iPhone 6 to Mac

Step 2: Choose desired data files to back up to Mac

Afterwards, select types of files you'd like to include in the backup. If you're going to back up anything on iPhone 6s on Mac machine to create a complete archive, check "Select All" option.

Save Data on iPhone 6s on Mac for Backup

Step 3: Start backing up iPhone 6s to Mac computer

Then, click on Next button when you're happy with the choices.

In the resulting pop-up window, choose a location on which you want the backup stored and click Backup button to back up iPhone 6s (Plus) data on to the Mac computer.

Get Data off iPhone 6s Plus and Back Up onto Mac

Wait until anything is backed up to Mac, you can restore the backup to the iPhone 6s or a new iPhone or iPad. Better still, move the backup copy to an external drive to store it even more safely.

Part 3: Do a Full iPhone 6s Backup on Mac without iTunes

Phone Transfer is also a software program to quickly get iPhone 6s backed up on Mac by archiving contacts, text messages, calendar events, call logs, photos, music, and video over its drive smoothly. It is user-friendly and provides one-click backup solution to make things easier. Try it:

  • Run Phone Transfer and connect the iPhone to the Mac.
  • Click on "Back Up Your Phone" tab on the startup window.
  • Choose data types from the list in the middle.
  • Click Start Copy button.

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