How to back up iPhone without iTunes or iCloud
Your iPhone is full of important and irreplaceable data, from precious photos and messages to health data, business contacts, emails and documents; not to mention dozens of laboriously downloaded apps and games and hundreds of songs.
Apple’s two backup options are iTunes and iCloud, one for local backups and the other for the cloud. Both have down sides which can put people off from backing up as often as they should.
iTunes lets you back up the contents of an iPhone to a desktop computer. It’s free to use, but not always user-friendly; the software has been criticised for becoming bloated over the years and many iPhone owners find it fiddly.
iCloud, as the name suggests, is cloud-based: the backup is stored on Apple’s servers and can be accessed from anywhere with a web connection, which makes it generally more convenient than backing up over iTunes. But bear in mind that Apple’s servers can be breached and have been breached in the past – there’s always the small possibility of a hacker getting access to your personal data and photos.
DearMob iPhone Manager
DearMob offers a range of additional tools that you don’t get with Apple’s offerings. Perhaps its biggest advantage is the ability to perform selective backups, which means you can individually back up and restore photos, contacts, messages, music and video, contacts and message files.
It also offers two-way sync to multiple computers with no data loss, fast transfer speeds, password protection for selected files and the ability to perform a one-click full backup and restore.
How to perform a full backup
To give an idea of the way iPhone Manager works, let’s walk through the simple procedure for creating a local iPhone backup.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone and Mac or PC using a USB cable.
Step 2: Tap ‘Trust This Computer’ on the iPhone.
Step 3: Launch DearMob iPhone Manager and click ‘Backup’.
Step 4: Click on ‘Backup Now’. A full iPhone backup file will be generated.
How to back up selected files
What about if you don’t want to back up all the files on your iPhone? Here’s how to use iPhone Manager to create a backup of selected photos. The procedure is largely the same if you’d prefer to back up messages, contacts, music, podcasts, Calendar entries, Safari bookmarks, Pages files and other types of data.
Step 1: With the iPhone plugged into your desktop computer, launch iPhone Manager and click on ‘Photo Transfer’.
Step 2: Select the photos you’d like to back up.
Step 3: Click ‘Export’, and wait for the file to be generated.