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How to Back Up an iPhone X/ XS (Max) to a PC Easily and Safely

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:14 PM

If we show you how to back up your iPhone X/ XS (Max) to a PC for free, will you finally do it? Smartphone can be less than delightfully safe for storing bits of data, and accidentally deleting or losing bits of data on it was something that could ruin your entire day. This is why backing up iPhone XS data to PC's drive is a crucial preliminary step when it comes to digital security.

Take it easy, and there're several practical options out there to maintain a mirror of your iPhone X files on your local PC: An old-fashioned way is to use Apple iTunes to do a complete backup for free, another option is to employ robust third-party tools to back up what you want: photos & videos in Camera Roll, contacts, call logs, messages, notes, voicemails, voice memos, and many more.

Apple Route: With iTunes (Free)

Apple's iTunes makes it especially convenient to perform a full backup of iPhone X to PC and subsequently restore the backup to the device in case you encounter the loss of files. After you've installed iTunes with latest version on the PC machine, follow these steps:

  • Run iTunes, connect iPhone X/ XS to PC.
  • Click on iPhone icon on the upper left of the iTunes window.
  • On the left pane, click Summary.
  • In the Backups section, select This Computer.
  • Click Back Up Now to back iPhone X files up to PC computer.

Sync iPhone XS to PC for Backup

Once you've had your iPhone X/ XS (Max) backed up to PC machine, locate it in the directory. You could restore the backup anytime:

  • Plug iPhone X or iPhone XS (Max) to PC, and launch iTunes.
  • Click iPhone icon.
  • Hit Restore Backup.

3rd-Party Tool Routes

1. Using iOS Data Backup & Restore

Rather than backing up all data on iPhone XS to PC, you have options to back up certain files locally. iOS Data Backup & Restore of Fonelab is a pretty trustworthy, easy-to-use backup tool to do so. You can use it to quickly back up iPhone X/ XS files to the PC computers that running on Windows 10, 8, 7 or even the older Windows XP, Vista. Among files that archives are contacts, messages, Safari history & bookmarks, App documents, photos, videos, notes, calendar, etc.

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Further, the software suite comes with the features that other applications may lack, that is, iOS Data Recovery, and iOS System Recovery - all of which combine to make it a top pick for fixing issue with iPhones or iPads.

Now it's time to look through the tutorial to back up contents from iPhone X to PC machine. The process is the same for making a backup copy for iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.

  • Open the app, and choose "More tools" on the startup window.
  • On the next window, click "iOS Data Backup & Restore" tab. Then choose "iOS Data Backup" for the task of iPhone X backup to PC.

  • Connect iPhone X or iPhone XS (Max) to the PC as required. Click Start button.

How to get iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max backed up to PC

  • In this stage, choose what contents you're going to back up to PC's hard drive.

Save files on iPhone XS back to PC

  • Hit the Next button to commence the process of backing up data on iPhone XS to Windows PC. Please do not unplug your phone from the computer during backup process.

Done! With a few simple clicks, you should have the iPhone XS stuff saved to PC.

[Also Read: How Can I Back Up iPhone XR to Mac]

2. Using iTransfer

iTransfer is another solid app that is worth a try to backup an iPhone X to a PC machine. It's focusing on saving phone data (especially the media files - music, playlists, videos, TV shows, audiobooks, photos, etc.) back to the computer for a backup. This is a particular cool feature for people who want to transfer contents to a new phone to set it up.

Download the Windows version of the utility on the PC, and install it. Then run it to attempt to back up data files from iPhone X/ XS (Max) to the computer without iTunes.

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  • Connect your iPhone X to the computer.
  • Press Music (or Video, Photos, Apps, Information, etc.) on the navigation bar.
  • Choose the songs that you're going to copy to the PC.
  • Choose Export > Export to PC.

Back Up iPhone XS Max to PC wihtout iTunes

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