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How to Back Up iPhone 8 (Plus) to Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop

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

Your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus acts as a hub for all things going on in modern life, whether it is regarded as a multimedia database, as a camera to shoot oceans of pictures, or else. However, it is a fact that these data — your videos, pictures or even contacts, and something else is literally here now but may disappear in a blink of an eye. Having iPhone 8 backups is crucial to guarantee that your data will still be available should anything go wrong.

In the rest of the content, we'll go into detail about two popular applications to back up iPhone 8 onto a Windows 7 desktop or laptop, so you can rest easy on the backup job and have no fear of any data loss.

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) on Windows 7 using iTunes

Let's start off with the Apple's own backup tool - iTunes. It gives users a very simple and free way for doing a full backup of iPhone 8 (Plus) data and settings on computer. The benefit of backing up using iTunes is that you can take full control over the amount of space allotted to your backups.

Let's see how it's done.

  • Connect the iPhone 8 (Plus) to your Windows 7 computer.
  • Launch iTunes.
  • Select the device icon on the top left of the iTunes window.
  • Click Summary.
  • Click Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.

Tip: There's an additional checkbox to "Encrypted iPhone backup" available under Backups section that allows saving all of your account passwords from your device, and protect the backed-up data from unauthorized access and restore.

Backing iPhone 8 (Plus) onto Windows 7 PC with iTunes is great, but it's not always perfect. iTunes doesn't allows you to create backup of your iPhone data in partial. So if you'd like to find a more flexible solution to get the device backed up, the next option should be the way to go.

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) to Windows 7 with 3rd-party software

The striking utility — iOS Data Backup & Restore worth its salt lets you select what types of data you want to back up on a computer. This tool features an intuitive interface that makes it simple and easy to make a data backup from your iPhone 8 to Windows 7 computer. You can also restore the backup in a fast way.

In addition, the program comes with many of other useful system-fixing tools. If your device is in a DFU mode, frozen, stuck in Apple logo screen, or other terrible matters, it can get you out of the trouble easily.

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Now let's see how easy it is to do iPhone 8 backups on a Windows 7 PC using iOS Data Backup & Restore program:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone 8 (Plus) to Windows 7 PC

When you enter into the software, you'll see four options at the left side of the window. Choose "More tools" to go on.

You'll enter into a window that includes three modes. To have iPhone 8 backed up to Windows 7 computer, you need to select "iOS Data Backup & Restore" from there.

Next, plug the iPhone 8 (Plus) into computer. After connection, move back to the program's window and you will be presented with two selections — "iOS Data Backup" and "iOS Data Restore", like the following screenshot. In our case, we're going to create backups for iPhone 8, choose "iOS Data Backup" to proceed.

How to create backups of iPhone 8/ iPhone 8 Plus to a computer

In the next window, you'll be asked to enable "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup". If you're the sole user of the computer and it is safe enough, you can keep the default selection of "Standard backup" and click on "Start" button.

Alternatively, check "Encrypted backup" option to protect your backup to ensure that nobody else will be able to access and restore your data to a different device.

Step 2: Choose file types to be backed up

Then you will see a list of types of data showed up on the window. By default, those file types have been selected already. If you are going to back up some of specific types of data, you can check the ones which you want to back up on iPhone 8 to Windows 7 desktop or laptop, uncheck others.

Step 3: Start the iPhone 8 (Plus) data backup process

Once the selection completes, click on "Next" button. This will start the process of backing iPhone 8 (Plus) data files to Windows 7 computer.

When the backup process is finished, you can disconnect your iPhone from the Windows 7 computer. Of course, you're able to repeat the process above to back up contents from another iPhone to the PC as needed.

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