How to Backup your iPhone to a Computer Without iTunes

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Why the need to back up?

Three of the biggest lessons we need to learn as iPhone users is to:

  • 1. Travel with a charger
  • 2. Get a screen protector
  • 3. Backup your data

iPhone theft and iPhone data loss are real and unfortunate events that happen to people every day. That’s why we must stay vigilant and backup our data. iTunes is a great way to backup iPhone data to your PC in what’s called and iPhone backup on your PC.

Once your iPhone is synced to iTunes it creates a backup of your iPhone data on your PC. However, it doesn’t always go as smooth as this. If for some reason you can’t backup to iTunes, follow the steps below to backup your iPhone to a computer without the use of iTunes.

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Backup your iPhone to a Computer Without iTunes

Many users experience issues with iTunes that prevent your phone from being backed up. Most of these issues can be fixed by updating your iTunes to the latest version. If this is not possible or if you have already tried this trouble shooting tip and your iPhone can still it be backed up, you may want to try other options.

Step 1 – Download Enigma recovery

Download and install Enigma recovery

The first step is to download Enigma Recovery to your desktop computer or laptop. Once you have clicked download, install instructions will appear. Follow these instructions to install the software to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone to computer

Connect device

Now connect your iPhone to the computer using your iOS charger cable.

Step 3 – Trust Device

Trust device

Enter the passcode into your phone and ‘trust’ the computer to the device if you’re happy to do so.

Step 4 – Select & scan

Select iTunes data to backup

To backup all the data presented in this list, simply ‘Select All’ and start your scan. During the scan, the Enigma Recovery software will copy the contents of your iPhone database to the computer where it can be saved in different file formats and also printed.

Step 5 – View data

View and save exported data

After the software scan has finished you will have the opportunity to view your copied iPhone data by clicking onto the various file feature types.

Step 6 – Export and save iPhone data

View and save exported data

To export and save your data, simply click the ‘Export’ option in the top right, select a location to save your data and ‘Export’

Enigma Recovery

Enigma Recovery is an iPhone Data Recovery tool that can also perform iPhone data transfer and backup services. It’s a program that is skilled in reading and extracting files from an iPhone database in minutes – including deleted data! The advantages of backing up your data with Enigma Recovery is that you can save your data in various readable formats which you cannot do with iTunes.

Install Enigma Recovery on Windows & Mac computers

Compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Mac OS 10.7 to 10.13

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We have recovered over 1 billion deleted items from iOS devices since we launched our iOS recovery software, so all that experience is at your disposal.


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