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How to Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Computer

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

If you're a new iPhone 7 (Plus) owner, and you've owned a computer and never puzzled out how to back up iPhone 7 (Plus) to computer, it's advisable to walk through the article.

The habit of backing up your iPhone, whether to a computer or the iCloud storage, is truly worth developing, mainly because building a regular backup plan gives you peace of mind ensuring that your files are stored in a secure place.

Having a backup of iPhone 7 (Plus) on computer is also a great way to protect your personal data from a range of different data loss conditions: your device would get lost or damaged, or you would accidentally delete the important data. BTW, if the iPhone 7 (Plus) backup is in place on the PC or Mac, you can quickly restore it when you replace to a new device.

With that being said, here are three simple ways that help you back up iOS content from iPhone 7 (Plus) to computer. Choose which solution that matches you need.

How to Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Computer Using Apple's Ways

Back Up with iTunes (PC or MacOS Mojave and Earlier)

Free and easy to use, iTunes is committed to backing up entire iPhone 7 (Plus) to computer to make sure the data like images, SMS messages, memos, app data, etc. is saved in the hard drive, and it grants you to restore from previous backup file if needed. As an added bonus, it provides strong encryption feature so that no one else will be able to read the files without the password.

Go with the guide on using iTunes to back up back up iPhone 7/ 7 Plus to Mac or PC.

  • Connect your device to computer via the lighting cable.
  • Click the iPhone icon located in the top-left corner of iTunes window.
  • Select "Summary" under "Settings" section.
  • Check "This computer"; enable "Encrypt local backup" if you need to back up Wi-Fi settings, fitness records data or keychain.
  • Press Back Up Now.

After the backup finishes, "Latest Backups" will indicate the latest backup date and time.

Back Up with Finder (MacOS Catalina and Above)

If you switch to a mac with MacOS Catalina and above, iTunes is not available anymore, but you can use Finder instead. Backing up data of iPhone 7 (Plus) to computer via Finder is similar to that in iTunes, so you don't have to worry about that.

  • Plug your phone into your Mac with a USB cable, and fire up Finder.
  • Locate your device.
  • Enable "Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac".
  • Click Back Up Now to perform a backup for your iPhone 7 (Plus) to computer.

By and large, iTunes/ Finder makes a good job of backing up your device onto the PC or Mac. But you might notice that, the stuff stored on iTunes or Finder is in an unreadable state - you can't preview specific items of the backup file. If you want to gain control of your backup with flexibility, a third-party tool could be the ideal solution for you.

How to Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Computer via a 3rd-Party Tool

No-nonsense, fast, and flexible, iOS Data Backup & Restore is a dedicated backup utility that can be installed onto Windows or Mac, and used to make a backup for iPhone 7 (Plus). There's a notable feature that allows you to do a partial backup, which can be especially useful when you don't want to take a longer time to complete the backup process. As its name sounds, it also includes the ability to restore certain files from the backups.

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If you can't help trying it out, we're ready to go over the guide for backing data up from iPhone 7 (Plus) to a computer.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone 7 (Plus) into a computer

To get started, connect your phone to computer using a USB cable.

Launch this program, then find the "More tools" in the left column, and click on it.

Then, hit the "iOS Data Backup & Restore" tab.

In the next window, you'll see two options. For the backup purpose, click iOS Data Backup button.

Next up, check the backup mode. As you can see, "Standard backup" option is checked by default. Should you want to ensure the backup folder can't be accessed by anyone, please check "Encrypted backup" option instead.

Once it is done, press Start button.

Step 2: Specify what you'd like to back up

By this point, the window should open up with all types of data on the iPhone 7 (Plus) memory selected. You could make no change to let the software back up everything to computer.

Alternatively, you could deselect the items you don't want to back up by clicking the checkboxes.

Step 3: Complete the backup from iPhone 7/ 7 Plus to computer

Once you've done that, click Next button and wait for the backup task to complete.

The process is reasonably fast, but of course this will vary across the size of your backup.

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