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Backup an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or PC computer

Backup an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or PC computer

💡iMazing 3
This guide is not yet complete or updated for iMazing 3. An update will be available soon.

A backup is a snapshot of the current state of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When you back up your device, your data is safe.

With a backup, you can:

  • Restore your device to the state it was in when that backup was made.
  • Transfer your data to a new device.
  • View the backup's content (in iMazing).

iTunes only keeps one current backup per device. Every time you back up your device, your last backup is overwritten, potentially resulting in data loss.

iMazing archives your backups automatically, a unique solution that is comparable to a Time Machine for your device. Disk usage is optimized so that you can easily keep dozens of backups.

Only one backup per deviceOnly one backup per deviceUnlimited backups per device
(Time Machine like)
You don't know when the backup is doneYou know when the backup is doneYou know when the backup is done
Cannot browse backup contentCannot browse backup contentFully fledged backup browser and editor
Cloud storageLocal storage in default drive onlyLocal storage in any user defined location (external drive or NAS included)
Storage costs after 5GBNo storage costsNo storage costs

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer.


To backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device. screenshot_connectDevice
  2. If this is your first time connecting your device, you will need to pair it to your computer.
  3. Select your device in the left sidebar, and click Backup
  4. Carefully review backup options and click Next. screenshot_backup options
  5. Once your backup is finished, click Close Window to return to the iMazing interface.
    screenshot_backup confirmation

💡 Tips:

  • Once a wizard operation has started you can return to iMazing by clicking the Close Window button.
  • You can check the status of your operations by clicking the Operations button in the upper toolbar.

Backup Options

The Backup Options give you access to the following backup options:

For a more detailed break down of backup options, see Backup Options in iMazing.

You can modify these settings later at any time from the Device Options window:


Backups Window

All past versions of your backup are accessible from the Backups Window.

To access the Backups Window click backups button in the upper toolbar.
screencast_backupPopOver Learn more about the Backups Window.

What to keep in mind

  • If you enable backup encryption, all further backups, whether they are made with iTunes or iMazing, will be encrypted. Forgetting your encryption password will cause major hassles. Be cautious when activating encryption and make sure to check Remember Password!
  • Backups do not include your iTunes Media Library (Music, Books, iTunes U, Podcasts, Ringtones and Movies synced or purchased on iTunes), so that data will not be included and should be synced separately if needed. These data is usually already synced via iTunes, Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. Have a look to our Music section to transfer these data to your computer.

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