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How to Back Up iPhone XR without iTunes & Finder

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

Like most iPhone users, you have a lot of important and irreplaceable data stored on your iPhone XR. There's nothing worse than losing data on your device, no matter it being photos, contacts, texts, call history, Office documents or music, photos and video clips. However, it's pretty easy to prevent that bad thing from happening because there're a variety of apps and services available for you to back up your iPhone XR.

You can make a full backup of iPhone XR with iTunes or Finder on computer—the Apple's official way to handle the task. But if you're not a fan of iTunes & Finder, you still can back up your data using some other tricks and tips. This tutorial will demonstrate three ways for backing up iPhone XR without iTunes & Finder. Keep all these tips in mind, and you'll never have to worry about the backup case.

How to Back up iPhone XR with iCloud

The first way you can apply to back up iPhone XR without using iTunes or Finder should be iCoud. It is an Apple's service that lets you store iPhone backup data in the cloud, rather than on PC, so you won't take up valuable PC memory.

Grab your iPhone XR to hand, and connect it to Wi-fi network. From now on, you can get right to start a full backup for your iPhone XR. Here's the full explanation of how to do it.

  • Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and select file types (e.g. Photos) to be backed up.
  • Tap iCloud Backup.
  • Turn on iCloud backup.
  • Tap Back Up Now to perform an iPhone backup instantly.

Back up iPhone XR without Finder

Once you want to restore iPhone data from iCloud backup, just follow the next steps:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  • Choose Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Start to set up your phone and get to App & Data screen.
  • Tap Restore from iCloud Backup and sigh into with your iCloud account.
  • Select the most recent backup available in iCloud.

You might intend to restore iPhone contents to a brand new iPhone:

  • Set up your new iPhone and stop until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  • Tap Restore from iCloud Backup
  • Log into your iCloud ID.
  • Choose the most recent backup to commence recovery.

How to Back up iPhone XR to Computer with 3rd-party Tool

Although iCloud make it simple to backup iPhone XR (without Finder or iTunes), there are still downsides to the service like the backup would not be possible without Wi-Fi connection and it can quickly eat up the 5GB of free iCloud storage space. That's where iOS Data Backup & Restore comes in. It allows you to back up nearly all files or certain types of data from iPhone XR to an computer (Mac, PC).

Whenever you'd like to restore backup to your iPhone or a new one, the program can still assist you to complete recovery process without a hitch.

Further, when you face the common problems of iPhone such as the device won't turn, stuck in Apple logo screen, and others, you can also turn to the software to get solved without having to go out for a phone repair shop.

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Now get straight to the point. Below are instructions on how to get your iPhone XR backed up using iOS Data Backup & Restore program.

Step 1: Connect iPhone XR to computer

Attach iPhone XR to your computer and run the software. You'll be greeted with a simple interface with four tabs. Click the More tools. on the bottom.

Back up iPhone XR data without using iTunes

You will get a screen which is divided in three tabs. Given the goal of backing up iPhone XR (without Finder or iTunes), choose iOS Data Backup & Restore tab.

Two options show then, here you should press iOS Data Backup button to continue.

Save iPhone XR files without Finder

Next, confirm that Standard backup is selected and click Start.

Step 2: Select file type to be backed up

Your data file types of iPhone XR that were detected will show on the screen. Set a mark next to the file type that you're going to back up to PC, or you can check Select all to choose all data.

Once selected, click Next icon to transfer iPhone XR files to PC with no need of iTunes or Finder for backup.

Let the program do the rest thing. And in case that your iPhone works with iOS 13 or above version, you will need to enter the passcode on home screen for three times in your phone during the process.

Tip: You're enable to check your backup by clicking View option as long as the transfer is done.

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Back Up iPhone XR Data via Phone Transfer

You can also opt for Phone Transfer to help back up iPhone XR without going through iTunes/ Finder. As with iOS Back up & Restore, you can select one certain type to backup or make a full backup.

  • Plug your iPhone XR into computer with the corresponding cable.
  • Launch Phone Transfer, choose Backup Your Phone section in blue.
  • From the scanned file types list, check the file you'd like to back up.
  • Click Start Copy to start the backup process.

Back up iPhone XR data files without iTunes

You can view your iPhone XR backup files on computer later.

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