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How to Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Laptop (Windows & macOS)

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

I am using an iPhone 7 Plus 256GB device. What is the best way to back up 90GB of files on a laptop so I can restore it on another 256GB device? Thanks in advance.

These days, iPhone 7 (Plus) and the laptop computer you carry about continue to be an indispensable part of your digital life. As putting more use and dependence on the device, it fills up fast with as photos, contacts, messages, app data and other files over time.

However, when you're faced with the task of backing up iPhone 7 (Plus) to a laptop, the process can seem like a tiresome chore. But it doesn't have to be. If you wonder how's done, we have got a handy step-by-step guide with two methods. By the way, don't neglect backups from time to time, or the chances of recovering data are slim when disaster occurs.

  • Solution 1: Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Laptop for Free
  • Solution 2: One-click Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) on Laptop without iTunes

Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) to Laptop for Free

The first option is to use iTunes. It is a free and immensely powerful program that can be used to create a complete backup of almost all data and settings on the iPhone 7 (Plus). The restore feature is a nice addition, making it possible to get the backed-up data back to your phone after a factory reset. Having an encrypted backup is obviously critical for those safety-minded users, and iTunes offers a strong encryption solution for that.

To perform a backup from iPhone 7 (Plus) to Laptop or MacBook with macOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier, download the latest version of iTunes from Apple's website.

  • Connect your device to the laptop via the included USB cable.
  • Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of iTunes screen.
  • Press "Summary" and look for "Backups" section.
  • Check "This Computer"
  • Click Back Up Now.

Whenever you need to restore your phone from the iTunes backup, simply click Restore Backup button whether you're using iTunes or Finder.

In macOS Catalina (10.15) and higher, backing up an iPhone 7 (Plus) to laptop via Finder this way:

  • Plug in your phone to your MacBook laptop.
  • Locate your device on the Finder window.
  • Click General tab.
  • Click Back Up Now.

[Solved] You may find yourself in a situation where you're backing up iPhone 7 (Plus) content to laptop computer and your device keeps saying "iTunes could not backup the iPhone because an error occurred while reading from or writing to the iPhone." This is a common case and usually happens when permissions don't align. To solve it, go to Edit > Preferences > Devices, and click Delete Backup. Alternatively, you can move the backup with the huge random filename to another location on laptop.

One-click Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) on Laptop without iTunes

The second option is iOS Data Backup & Restore, which allows you to get all of your data in one safe location to have a backup for iPhone 7 (Plus) on laptop (Mac or Windows). With quick scanning techniques built in the program, you should find the contents stored in the phone are rapidly found out and decently managed into categories. This certainly can be a boon if you don't back up all data.

The well-organized and nice layout makes it easy to find the buttons or options for the backup task, so any non-technical user can get the job done. You need to download the program firstly, and then follow the steps to back up files on iPhone 7/ 7 Plus onto a laptop running Windows or macOS.

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Step 1: Connect your device to the PC/ Mac laptop

On your laptop, install the software and open it. Then connect your iPhone 7 (Plus) to the machine via a USB cable.

In the left tool bar, navigate to "More tools" and click it.

Next, click on "iOS Data Backup & Restore" tab.

In the next step, press the iOS Data Backup button.

After that, you will see there are two modes for backing up your device to the laptop under the connected device icon. You can enable the "Standard backup" which is checked by default. If you want to keep your messages, music and personal information protected, you should check "Encrypted backup" option and set a password.

When that's done, click Start button.

how to save a copy of all iPhone 7 (Plus) contents on laptop for a backup.

Step 2: One-click to back up an iPhone 7 (Plus) stuff on a laptop

Now when you get to this window like the screenshot shown below, all you have to do is specify the types of data to back up.

Once you are sure everything necessary are selected, hit Next button.

Step 3: Wait until the process finishes

The software will start the procedure of getting your treasured snaps from iPhone 7 (Plus) to a laptop (PC or Mac). In a few minutes, you will see your iOS contents backed up to a default destination.

Check the location of the backup file by clicking Menu (located on the upper right of the software) > Preferences.

This is how to have copies of your iPhone 7 (Plus) to the laptop directly via iOS Data Backup & Restore.

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