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How to Back Up iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Without iCloud [ULTIMATE GUIDE]

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

Speaking of backing up iPhone 7 (Plus), you probably just rely on Apple's iCloud service for its simplicity and convenience. However, when you try to back up your device, you face with this: iCloud has plenty of storage but it just says 'This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage.' Instead of paying for more to upgrade storage plan, fiddling with Settings to reduce the backup size, or deleting any data, you could back up iPhone 7 (Plus) without iCloud, and keep anything safer. Of course, if you're wondering how to get rid of the nagging iCloud popup, the article If an alert says that there's not enough iCloud storage should help.

We're going to walk you through the process of backing up iPhone 7 / 7 (Plus) data without using iCloud, in order to save the important data and settings of your device. Remember to create the backup regularly.

Back Up iPhone 7 (Plus) without iCloud (Using iTunes or Finder)

In addition to iCloud, iTunes or Finder (macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer) is another official backup tool that hardly anyone is not familiar with it. It focuses on backing up iOS device and save the data on a Mac or PC via the USB connection, while iCloud is designed for making backups from anywhere with Wi-Fi. When the backup is in place, you also have the option to restore it to the device easily.

Backing up iPhone 7 (Plus) to iTunes or Finder is easy as can be, if you know how. Let's take a close look at the simple steps to back up iPhone 7 (Plus) files without the need of iCloud to create a complete snapshot on a local computer.

  • Plug your phone into your computer with the USB cable.
  • Launch iTunes with the latest version installed.
  • Click on the tiny icon of your device.
  • Navigate to Summary on the left column and select it.
  • Check "This Computer" in Backups section.
  • Click Back Up Now.

If you're using a Mac with macOS 10.15, backing iPhone 7 (Plus) up without iCloud or iCloud storage is easy peasy as well:

  • Open Finder.
  • Connect iPhone 7 or 7 Plus to Mac.
  • Locate your device.
  • Select General tab.
  • Click Back Up Now.

Back Up iPhone 7 to iTunes Instead of iCloud

Besides the backup capability, iTunes can also sync your phone over Wi-Fi. Simply check "Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected" and the syncing process should take place.

Backing Up iPhone 7 (Plus) without iCloud (via a 3rd-party Tool)

iCloud and iTunes are the great backup solutions to ensure their phone data is tucked away and safe, but you're not restricted to the two Apple routes provided; you could opt for the full-featured iOS Data Backup & Restore to back up your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, without involving the iCloud.

The backup utility prides itself in backing up almost everything of iOS device to the computer. This is more comprehensive than an iCloud backup. It has faster scanning speed for the phone data and make anything organized by types: text messages, videos, photos, contacts, WhatsApp messages, notes and more. You could then choose what will be backed up—for instance, only certain data in certain folders. It's a flexible feature that many users expect.

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To give an idea of the way the software works, follow along and use the instructions for backing up an iPhone 7 (Plus) without the use of iCloud. Download it and install on your computer.

Step 1: Connect your device to computer

With your iPhone 7 (Plus) plugged into your computer using USB cord, launch iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Click "More tools" tab located on the lower left of the window.

When you get to this interface, you will notice the "iOS Data Backup & Restore" module. Click on it to continue.

Next up, you will see two options on the window that opens. To make a backup of your device, press iOS Data Backup button.

Make an iPhone 7 Plus Backup Without iCloud

Before continuing, you should decide on whether you need to encrypt the backup. The "Standard backup" option is good enough to suit your need, but if you're of the "encrypt everything" mindset, check "Encrypted backup" option.

Now click Start button.

Step 2: Choose which type of files you want to back up

At this stage, the window prompts you to pick your desired types of data. By default, all options are selected but if you only wish to back up specific ones, click "Select All" option and deselect any you don't want.

Afterwards, click the Next button.

Tip: The smart program has already set a destination folder to dump the backup into. You could check the path or change it by clicking Menu (it's a tiny icon on the top right position) > Preferences. Do this before you hit the Next button.

How to Back Up iPhone 7 Without iCloud Storage

Step 3: Backing up files from iPhone 7 (Plus) without iCloud

Voila! All you need to do now is to stay connected and wait for the backup to finish.

The software also offers better support for preview the backed-up files, which make identifying and restoring a particular file easily.

That's it. You may find it pretty straightforward to back up contents from iPhone 7 (Plus) without relying on iCloud. Give the utility a shot.

Tutorial for Backing Up Your Device With iCloud

  • Connect the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus to Wi-Fi network.
  • Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  • Tap iCloud Backup
  • Tap Back Up Now to start the process instantly.
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