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2 Easy Ways to Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) without iTunes or Finder [Updated]

face Blake Sullivan Updated on Apr 15, 2022 3:42 PM

Here's the thing. I'm saving my iPhone 8 Plus files into my laptop via iTunes, but it doesn't allow me to select what to be back up. Even worse, I have no idea of what's in it. Is there a way to back up iPhone 8 Plus without iTunes? Any ideas will be appreciated. FYI, my computer is running Windows 10 OS.

For better or worse, Apple's own dedicated operating system has made you heavily dependent on the iTunes (or Finder) to back up your iPhone 8 (Plus) data, especially on a computer. Despite this, it's still possible and easy to back up iPhone 8 (Plus) without iTunes or Finder. Both iCloud and a 3rd-party program can provide reliable iOS backup solutions, and do better than iTunes or Finder.

Undoubtedly, iTunes (or Finder) lets you create iPhone copies or do the restoration within one single click. However, there's no available way to determine what to add into the backup list, or view exactly what sort of the data you've saved in the backup archives. The good news is that the two methods mentioned above for backing up an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus without using iTunes or Finder can ease these worries and remedy them effectively.

Now, just go ahead to check them out and choose the one that suits you best.

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) without iTunes or Finder - Using iCloud

Everyone's accepted: Apple's iCloud delivers a convenient online backup service for the iDevice. It manages to save the device data onto Apple's cloud server and make it easily accessible across any iOS device that's logging into the same Apple ID. It also takes data protection seriously, offering an end-to-end encryption to the files while being in transit and at rest. As long as your device is in charge and connected to the Wi-Fi networks, making iPhone 8 (Plus) backups without iTunes or Finder can be done in a breeze:

  • In your iPhone, navigate to Settings > [your name].
  • Tap "iCloud".
  • Scroll down and choose "iCloud Backup".
  • Toggle on "iCloud Backup" option.
  • Tap "Back Up Now".

No Need to Use iTunes to Back up iPhone 8 Plus

The free allowance of iCloud storage space that Apple automatically provides to every single Apple ID account is 5 GB. If you need more, go through here to upgrade your iCloud storage plan.

iCloud is handy solution, but not for those who are in the market for a way to back up iPhone 8 (Plus) to a computer without iTunes or Finder installed. Luckily, there's a top-notch third-party backup tool that could squarely save your bacon. Read on and take a close look.

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) to a PC or a Mac without iTunes or Finder

Supporting both Windows and macOS, iOS Data Backup & Restore majors in making local iOS device backups effortlessly. It can automatically dig deep into the device and do a quick scan. After searching, it'll display a categorized list of files, and allow you to select the needed type(s) of content to back up. Perhaps the most impressive of all, it comes with flexible restore option, enabling you to selectively get back the data that you've copied over after a preview.

The below hassle-free wizard details how to perform backups for iPhone 8 (Plus) on a computer without relying on iTunes or Finder. Once you've got hang of it, you can easily make a copy of your iPad, iPod, and more to the computer's hard drive via going through the same procedure.

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Step 1: Launch the software

Upon the installation, open up the utility. In the main interface, click on the More tools on the bottom left corner. In the next screen that appears, head to iOS Data Backup & Restore and click on it.

Back up iPhone 8 without iTunes or iCloud

Then, hit iOS Data Backup button to continue.

Here, plug your device to the computer via a standard USB cord. Once it's recognized, you'll see a window showing two backup modes

You're allowed to either choose Standard backup option, or mark the Encrypted backup option if you're in need for data protection.

Select your desired mode and apply the change by hitting Start button.

Back up All the Files on iPhone 8 Plus without iTunes or Finder

Step 2: Preview and select which type(s) of files to back up

Now, a window will open, displaying the scanned data from your device in the form of categories.

By default, the Select All option is pre-selected. If you want to specify certain types of data to back up into the machine, uncheck that option and highlight what you need by checking the box next to it.

Step 3: Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) files using computer without iTunes or Finder

Once done, left-click the Next button to trigger the backup job.

IMPORTANT: Please don't unplug the device until the tool completes the process of transferring iPhone 8 (Plus) data onto a computer for backups without iTunes or Finder.

Now you've learned how to copy iPhone 8 (Plus) content without relying on Finder or iTunes. Here, we're still covered the user's guides on using iTunes or Finder to back up your device, just in case you might need it someday.

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) with iTunes:

  • Connect the device to the computer, then open iTunes.
  • From the toolbar, click on the iPhone icon.
  • Choose Summary tab.
  • Under the "Backups", mark This Computer option. If needed, check Encrypt local backup.
  • Select Back Up Now to making iTunes backups for iPhone 8 (Plus).

Back up iPhone 8 (Plus) with Finder:

  • Attach your device to a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15, and launch Finder.
  • Select your iPhone in the sidebar.
  • In the button bar, hit the General option.
  • Under the "Backups", choose the Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac option.
  • Tips: The same, tick the checkbox next to the Encrypt local backup if required.

  • Click on Back Up Now button.
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