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How to back up iPhone 8 (Plus) to PC safely

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

You probably know how frustrated it is the moment you lost data on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Beyond simple deletion, your photos, contacts, text messages, notes and anything else on the device could fall prey to the failed iOS update or data synchronization, and all sorts of malware attacks. To safeguard against data loss incident, you'll need to keep everything backed up regularly. In this article, we've rounded up three solutions for backing up iPhone 8 (Plus) to PC easily and safely. Of course, you could also save iPhone 8 data on iCloud for an online backup.

Use iTunes to backup iPhone 8 files to PC

Apple's iTunes is an old yet effective way to back up data on iPhone 8 (Plus) to PC for free. Just connect iPhone 8 to the PC and you're pretty much ready to force a local backup in one fell swoop. All stuff stored in the device can be archived: applications, applications data, purchased content, etc.

Now back up an iPhone 8 to a PC with iTunes by performing the following steps:

  • Connect iPhone 8 (Plus) to PC, and launch iTunes.
  • Click on the iPhone icon when it appears.
  • In the Summary section, check This computer.
  • Click Back Up Now to back iPhone 8 up to PC computer.

With the iPhone 8 backup in the PC, you can restore it to the device at any time (See how?). Note that the restoration process will replace everything in the device with the contents of the backup.

Apply 3rd-party tool to backup iPhone 8/ 8 Plus to PC

iOS Data Backup & Restore

iTunes is great for creating a full backup of iPhone 8 to PC machine, but what if you would like to back up only a few files? That's where iOS Data Backup & Restore developed by FoneLab comes in. It's a reliable file backup program that takes care of user experience and simplify backup process. Data can be selectively backed up to the PC with several minutes: Contacts, Messages, Photos, Call History, Reminders, Notes, Calendar, Safari History & Bookmarks, Voice Memos, etc.

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To get started, download the software on the PC and install it properly. Once done, use the steps to make backup from iPhone 8 to PC machine in order to keep a local copy.

Step 1: Run the tool and choose "iOS Data Backup"

Launch the application, and choose "More Tools" on the bottom left of the main window.

You will get into a window where you'll see three tabs for performing different tasks. To back up iPhone 8 files to PC, click "iOS Data Backup & Restore" tab.

Continue and select "iOS Data Backup"

Step 2: Connect iPhone 8 to PC and choose types of files to back up

Next up, attach your iPhone 8 with PC computer. Then check either "Standard backup", or "Encrypted backup" as you wish.

How to create a backup file of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus onto a PC computer

Afterward, click Start button. This will bring up a window with types of data that the tool can back up. If you want to back up particular types of files, simply deselect "Select All" and manually check the items.

Step 3: Backing up iPhone 8 data to PC

When you're satisfied with your selections, click Next button to begin backing up data on iPhone 8 (Plus) to PC. Depending on the amount of data involved and the speed of your computer, the backup process could take a few minutes.

Succeed! You have your iPhone 8 backed up onto PC. [Also Read: Back Up iPhone 11 (Pro, Max) without Using iCloud]

Phone Transfer

Another app that can be used to do a complete backup from iPhone 8 to Windows PC is Phone Transfer. It's just a matter of connect device to computer, choosing types of files, and clicking Start Transfer button. Plus, it can transfer files from one phone to another and restore from backups to the device.

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Here's how to backup iPhone 8 to PC easily:

  • Run Phone Transfer.
  • Connect iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to computer.
  • Select content to back up.
  • Click Start Transfer button.

All files on iPhone 8 are now backed up to PC. Done!

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