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How to Back Up iPhone X (or iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max) to Windows 7 Computer

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

Your iPhone is full of important documents and data. When you realize these files are vulnerable to lose, you probably will want to back up them to somewhere safely—this enables you to restore data as soon as possible once a disaster happens.

On iPhone, you can quickly back up your iPhone X/ XS (Max) data to cloud via the device's built-in iCloud Backup service. If you need your data to be backed up somewhere outside of iCloud server for safekeeping, your Windows 7 computer is a good alternative. Beginning iPhone users may not know how to back up iPhone X/ XS (Max) to Windows 7 computer, however, so this guide is ready for you.

In this guide, we will show you two ways and walk you through the simple steps to back up iPhone X/ XS (Max) to a Windows 7 PC.

Option 1: Using Apple's iTunes

An easy way to create backup of your iPhone X/ XS (Max) on Windows 7 machine is to using iTunes, which is the Apple's own utility for data backup. We find this to be the most foolproof, simple method, and the only downside is that it won't allow you to back up only parts of data on your iPhone - this is an all-or-nothing process.

Follow these easy steps to back up iPhone X/ XS (Max) data using iTunes on Windows 7:

  • Connect iPhone X/ XS (Max) to your Windows 7 with a lightning cable.
  • Run iTunes.
  • Select the device icon at the top left of the iTunes' window
  • Choose "Summary" from the left side menu.
  • Click "Back up Now".

If you carry sensitive information around on the backup file, you can secure the data by checking "Encrypt iPhone backup" option under Backups section.

Back up iPHone X with iTunes on Windows 7

A progress bar on the top of iTunes window appears, showing the status of backup process.

[Also see: How to Restore iPhone from an iTunes backup]

Option 2: Using 3rd-party utility

Apart from iTunes, here is another good way to go — iOS Data Backup & Restore of Fonelab, which is always handy when you're longing to backup iPhone onto a nearby computer. The application works well on both Windows and Mac computer and allows for a backup of specific types of data on the iOS device. In addition, Its iOS System Fix options help you solve a largely range of iPhone system problems such as DFU mode, frozen, the device won't turn, or stuck in Apple logo, and so on.

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To know how to back up contents from iPhone X/ XS (Max) to Windows 7 laptop or desktop with the utility, you may refer to this guide.

Step 1: Open program and choose a right mode

Plug your iPhone into the computer, launch the program and choose "More tools" from the main interface.

Then you will get into the window with 3 modes – iPhone Data Recovery, iOS System Recovery and iOS Data Backup & Restore. For the purpose of backing up iPhone XS/ X (Max) data on Windows 7 hard drive, you should choose "iOS Data Backup & Restore" to go on.

Select "iOS Data Backup" tab in the next window that opens.

Go ahead and select "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup" if you want to have your data protected all the time.

Step 2: Choose files to back up to Windows 7

In the next window, it will ask you to select what types of data to be backed up. Simply check the boxes next to data types you want.

Step 3: Begin backing up data on Windows 7

When all is ready, click the "Next" button and you will be asked to specify a folder on computer to save the backup file. After you finish the choice, click "Backup" to initiate the iPhone XS to Windows 7 computer backup process, be patient.

How to get iPhone X/ XS/ XS Max backed up to Windows 7 computer

Once the process is done, you can unplug the iPhone from the machine and use your phone as normal.


That's all for it. If you haven't taken some actions to protect data yet, it's time to stand up and do a backup for your iPhone — the sooner you start, the less likely you are to suffer a loss in a sudden incident.

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