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How to Back Up iPhone XR without iCloud -Three Methods

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

Anyone know how can I keep backing up my iphone xr without having to use iCloud? It is a bit expensive with the iCloud backups.

In the last few years, the cloud-based service has grown tremendously and keep most devotees. And when it comes to the manner of backing up iPhone XR, iCloud should be the initial way you opt for. However, iCloud's 5GB free storage is not far enough for most users in this era of big data, and paying for the extra storage is not a permanent solution. What else can you rely on in case that you back up iPhone XR contents without using iCloud? In this post you will find everything you need to know.

Backing Up iPhone XR by Finder/ iTunes

This is another quite classic way to create a full backup of iPhone XR without iCloud. Rather than backing up iPhone contents to iCloud server, you can transfer everything on iPhone over to the computer safely, but don't have to concern storage capacity so long as your computer memory is enough.

For users who are using Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 and later, just launch Finder from Dock on the machine first, then follow these steps to back up your data.

  • Plug iPhone XR into Mac with a lightning cable.
  • From Locations section, click the name of your device.
  • Under General tab, check "Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac".
  • Click on "Back Up Now".

Back up data on iPhone XR without using iCloud

If you have a PC, or a Mac device running with macOS Mojave 10.14 or an earlier version, you can use iTunes to back up your iPhone XR files. See details here: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Transferring iPhone XR files with 3rd-party application

iTunes can only back up the full data of an iPhone. What if you just want to back up some types of data on the computer? iOS Data Backup & Restore frees you from the restrictions of iTunes, allowing you to back up specific types of data stored on iOS devices to computer on a more granular level. Its clear interface and easy-to-use operations all lead you to get the job done without any hassle.

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Now keep reading to see how this program works for making a backup for iPhone XR (without using iCloud). Remember not to run iTunes when the program is at work.

  • Connect your iPhone XR to computer and run the software.
  • Select "iOS Data Backup & Restore" on the main interface.
  • backing up iPhone XR files without the need of iCloud

  • Select "iOS Data Backup" to continue.
  • Select "Standard backup" option and click "Start" button. If you'd like to set a password for your backup, you can select "Encrypted backup" option instead.
  • Select what types of data you want to back up, followed by "Next" button.
  • How to get files from iPhone XR onto a computer without iCloud

The backup process starts. Depending on the files size, it can take anything from minutes to hours to finish the process.

When it is completed, all your selected data of iPhone will be stored on computer. And the last "View" button allows you to check and view your iPhone backup files.

Backing up iPhone XR data with iCloud

Rather than backing up your iPhone XR locally through iTunes and Finder or even via 3rd-party utility, some of you might still want to store your data to iCloud so that you can access it anywhere. So here it is, our guide on how to back up data files on iPhone XR by using iCloud.

  • Connect your iPhone XR to Wi-Fi network.
  • Head to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud.
  • Toggle on the iCloud Backup option.

This will allow the software to automatically back up your data when your device is connected to a power source, and your screen has to be locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. Alternatively, tap the Back Up Now option to make backup manually.

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