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How to Back Up an iPhone XR to a Laptop (Windows, Mac) with Ease

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

Looking for backing up your iPhone XR data over to your laptop? It's a great idea to protect your precious data, but first, you'll have to think over how to make it done smoothly. Backing up iPhone used to be a real hassle, as you can only turn to the help of Apple's own way. These days, there're more options than you imagine to choose from, whether you need to back up just a few types of files or an entire device.

To ease your backup from iPhone XR to laptop, here are three popular ways you can back up your data.

Part 1. Make a full backup of iPhone XR to laptop via Apple's iTunes/ Finder

This is a traditional manner for backing up iPhone XR to laptop. But in general, the option is good when you'd like to have all data on your iPhone XR backed up on laptop. Here's how.

To use Finder to back up iPhone XR to laptop:

  • Launch Finder from Dock on your Mac laptop.
  • Connect iPhone XR to the machine with the cable.
  • Navigate to Locations > [Your iPhone name] > General.
  • Check "Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac" from Backups part.
  • Click "Back Up Now".

Back up your iPhone XR

If you are on a laptop with Windows or a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or an earlier version:

  • Plug your iPhone XR in the laptop and launch iTunes.
  • Click on the iPhone icon on the window.
  • Choose "Summary", then check "This Computer". If you want to set a passcode, check the below "Encrypt local backup".
  • Click "Back Up Now".

Part 2. Backup an iPhone XR to a laptop without iTunes/ Finder

Using iOS Data Backup & Restore

Of course, if you are out of luck with iTunes, you can try out 3-rd party utilities like the excellent iOS Data Backup & Restore application. It allows you to back up iPhone data in full or just specific types of data on the computer. It also features some useful tools for recovering lost files from iOS devices as well as fixing system issues.

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Let's go over how to back up your iPhone XR in details with it.

1 : Run the program and choose iOS Data Backup mode

Launch the program and you will get a simple interface like the image below

To back up iPhone XR to laptop, click "iOS Data Backup" mode to go on.

2 : Connect the iPhone

Next, connect your iPhone to the laptop and select "iOS Data Backup" option.

Go ahead and choose "Standard backup" if you just want to make a normal backup. Alternatively, you can choose another "Encrypted backup" for getting a passcode-protected backup.

3: Select data files and start the backup process

In the next window that opens, choose what types of data you want to back up.

When you're satisfied with the selection, click the "Next" button to begin backing up the iPhone XR data to laptop.

Tip: If you're worry that your laptop storage is not enough, you can move the backup file onto an external hard drive.

Using Phone Transfer

Phone Transfer is another decent backup tool that helps create backup of your iPhone XR data on a laptop. It works well on both Windows and Mac based machines. Also, if you get a new phone, you can use it to make a smooth transfer of data from the old device to the new one.

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To back up data from iPhone XR to laptop with Phone Transfer program, follow these steps:

  • Install and open the program, attach your iPhone XR to your laptop.
  • Choose "Backup Your Phone" module.
  • Select the file types you intend to backup.
  • Click "Start Copy" button.

Wait until the backup process comes to end.

Don't disconnect your iPhone XR from the laptop when the process is proceeding to avoid some unnecessary risks.

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