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How to Back Up iPhone X/ XS(Max) without iCloud with Ease

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

There are many methods to do backups for iPhone. While some chooses specialized apps, others rely on Apple's cloud service — iCloud to perform the job, which is a good method for backup due to its higher safety. However, Apple just provide 5GB space free for you and it is not always enough. This means you often need to use other ways to finish the backup task.

But what's the best way to back up your iPhone X/ XS (Max) without iCloud? As it turns out, you have several options. Here're two popular methods you can take for backing your iPhone.

via Finder & iTunes

The old standard to back up all your iPhone X/ XS (Max) data without iCloud is through Apple's Finder or iTunes. This manner requires no additional accessories but rather only a lightning cable. The full process is simple and quick.

  • Connect the iPhone to computer with the cable.
  • Launch Finder from dock.
  • Click [your iPhone name] under General on the left side.
  • Check Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
  • Click Back Up Now.

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If you are on a Windows PC, or a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or an earlier version, follow this steps:

  • Plug your iPhone into computer, open iTunes.
  • Select the iPhone icon on the top left corner of the window.
  • Check This Computer. You can also choose "Encrypt local backup" to set a passcode for the backup file.
  • Click Back Up Now to trigger the backup.

with 3rd party application

Note that, iTunes or Finder is only workable for backing up the entire data of an iPhone. If you need a way to backup your iPhone data selectively with no tedious operations, iOS Data Backup & Restore from Fonelab does the job well. The app lives up to its name by acting as a fast, clean, high-efficient tool for saving iPhone, iPad, iPod backups onto computer.

As a combination of data backup, recovery and system fix suite, the program also allows users to recover deleted files from the iOS devices, and fix many of common issues related to system.

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To perform a backup of iPhone XS, XS or XS Max with it, follow this guide.

Step 1: Run the app and plug iPhone into computer

Connect your iPhone device to the machine via a lightning cable.

Install iOS Data Backup & Restore onto your computer, open it when the installation is done.

Back up iPhone XS Max without using iCloud

Three modes will show on the screen, asking you to which tasks you want to perform. To create a backup of iPhone X/ XS (Max) without iCloud, choose iOS Data Backup & Restore. And then, click on iOS Data Backup.

In the next interface, there will be two options — Standard backup & Encrypted backup. As the name implies, when you choose Encrypted backup selection, your iPhone backup file will be protected from unauthorized access, click OK to continue.

And if you choose Standard backup, you can directly click on Start button and enter into next window.

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Step 2: Choose files to backup

The program will load all of types of data it can be backed up in the interface.

Select the types of data files you want to back up, then click Next button.

Step 3: Begin iPhone X/ XS (Max) backup process

When you're ready, click Next button and let the program backs up the iPhone X/ XS (Max) data on computer. Depending on the amount and size of files, it might take a while or longer to finish the work.

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Once the backup completed, you're able to view the data included in the backup file and restore whenever you need.

How Can I back up iPhone X/ XS (Max) using iCloud?

The iCloud account you've got set up on your iPhone offers you 5GB of free cloud storage space. This gives you a convenient way to save iPhone data to iCloud server.

  • Head to Settings of your iPhone.
  • Tap on [your name].
  • Go to iCloud.
  • Tap iCloud Backup, and toggle the button to ON.
  • Tap Back Up Now.

A lack of free space is the main limitation for this solution, but you can get more storage by upgrading to a larger storage plan. After you have your iPhone X/ XS (Max) backed up in iCloud, you can restore from the backup any time you want.

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