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How to Back up iPhone XR to Mac (MacBook Air, Pro, iMac, etc.)

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

I always backup my iPhone to iCloud but now it don't leave enough space for new backup. Can I just rely on my Mac machine? I am using an MacBook Air.

Your iPhone XR keeps a lot of important data files and documents. Once the phone goes crashing down or gets destroyed, that's the end for your bulky data on it. You're well aware of the terrible consequence, and you haven't done something to tackle the issue yet.

Backing up iPhone XR to Mac or iMac ahead helps you store all the damned essential contents in a safe place so that we don't get into panic when the phone is broken or lost. Today we will get right to several methods of backing up iPhone XR to Mac to assist you in planning ahead.

Option 1: Making an iPhone backup to Mac with iTunes or Finder

Every time you manage data of iOS devices, you might consider Apple's products first. In this case, if you want to have a full backup of iPhone XR to Mac, iTunes or Finder is a good option. With the assistance of both programs, your intact data on iPhone XR can be transferred manually or automatically to Mac and securely stored in a hidden file on the machine.

Due to the fact that Mac devices work with different system versions, we'll show two parts below. Now let's cut to the chase.

On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 and above

  • Initiate Mac and click Finder icon in the Dock.
  • Connect your iPhone XR to Mac with a lightning cable.
  • From the left column, click [your iPhone name] under Locations.
  • Enter General section, check Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
  • Press Back Up Now to start iPhone XR backup on Mac.

Tip: To protect your backup, you can select Encrypt local backup to add a password for your backup file. And once the backup process is completed, a timestamp near Last backup on this Mac indicates the latest backup date and time.

On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or an earlier version

You need to get iTunes installed on your Mac and follow these steps:

  • Plug iPhone into Mac, open iTunes.
  • Click the little device on the top left corner of the window.
  • Hit Summary, put a mark near This Computer in Backups part.
  • Click Back Up Now.

After the backup is done, you can eject your iPhone XR via the button next to your iPhone icon.

Option 2: Backing up iPhone XR to Mac without iTunes

Instead of doing a full backup to iTunes or Finder, you might want to backup your most important data to Mac for easy access later on. Luckily, iOS Data Backup & Restore can do as you wish, and backup steps are pretty much easy as 1-2-3 whether on a Macbook, iMac, or Mac mini. You just need to connect iPhone XR to Mac, determine which data type to be copied, and click Next to activate the backup process. Done!

Further, this service kindly offers recovery function, making it easy to restore data files from iPhone. Now it's time to view more details on how well it works for backing up files from iPhone to Mac or iMac.

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  • Open iOS Data Backup & Restore, get iPhone XR connected to Mac. You'll be prompted a screen which covers three options. Ignore them and click the bottom More tools tab.

  • A new window comes into your eyes like below. Choose iOS Data Backup & Restore to begin to sync your iPhone XR to Mac for a backup.

  • Choose iOS Data Backup icon.

  • Checked Standard backup option and click Start button.

  • Pick your desired file types to make a backup from iPhone on Mac device. Click Next button.

  • After a while you can check the gratifying result of Backup on Mac (Macbook, iMac).

It should be noted that if you are running iOS 13 or above version, you're required to input your lockscreen password on iPhone XR for three times during the last backup step since Apple enhance the security of iPhones with iOS 13+.

Option 3: Applying iCloud to backup iPhone XR to Mac

Should your lightning cable or Mac is not at hand currently, you need an alternative manner to boot and run the operation of transferring everything from iPhone to Mac. Apple's iCloud offers the ability to seamlessly save your files on iPhone to Mac, allowing you to access iPhone data on Mac. To do it:

  • Head to Settings > [Apple ID] > iCloud on iPhone XR.
  • Choose iCloud Backup, and keep the iCloud Backup option on.
  • Tap Back Up Now to backup iPhone to iCloud immediately.
  • Open Finder on Mac, click iCloud Drive from the left bar.
  • You can view any files displayed by double-click.

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Option 4: Using Airdrop to Backup to Mac

In case that you don't apply iCloud often, Airdrop it can also do you a favour on backing up iPhone to Mac for free as long as it is enabled on your Mac. Before the data backup, you should have the your iPhone and Mac connected to the same Wi-Fi. Here's how:

  • Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone to activate AirDrop. You can also open Control Panel on your phone, keep pressing the wireless control panel and choose AirDrop.
  • Open your Photos album or Music, select files to transfer to Mac.
  • Tap Share icon and choose the Mac icon shows in Airdrop.

The backup items will be synced to Mac later. You can have a check by heading to Favorites > Download from Finder.

[Also Read: How to Back Up iPhone 6s (Plus) without iCloud]

Option 5: Using iTransfer for iPhone XR backup to Mac

If all approaches mentioned above don't work as you wish, you can resort to iTransfer. Not only can it assist you to create a backup of iPhone XR to Mac, Mac Pro, and Macbook, but can organize your specific file like directly deleting the photo shot at one day before the backup.

An added bonus is the software supports you importing any types of songs and movies from Mac or PC to your iOS device, that means whether the song is MP3 or FLAC file, it can be smoothly transfer to both Mac devices and smartphones with no hassle.

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To backup iPhone to Mac computer, you can go along with the instructions below.

  • Create connection between your iPhone XR and Mac.
  • Launch iTransfer and click the file type (Music, Photos, etc.) showed on the top of the screen.
  • Select certain file and click Export button.
  • Choose Export to Mac to share files between iPhone and Mac.
  • Select a folder on Mac to store your files.

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