How to...

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

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.

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

Only one backup per deviceOnly one backup per deviceUnlimited Backup Archival
Cannot browse backup contentCannot browse backup contentFully fledged backup browser and editor
Cloud storageLocal storage in default drive onlyLocal storage in any user defined drive
Storage costs after 5GBNo storage costsNo storage costs

Who is this guide for?

Anyone who wants to backup their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch safely, and with more control over the process than what is possible with iTunes.

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. In iMazing’s left sidebar, select your device.
  4. In the Actions Panel, select Back up. This will open the Backup Wizard.
  5. If needed, change your backup options. Click Next. screenshot_03
  6. Once your backup is finished, cick Done to return to the iMazing interface.


  • 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.

Device Options

The Backup Wizard guides you through the backup process and options:

  • Set backup location
  • Set Archival Options
  • Enable Backup encryption

You can modify these settings at anytime from the Device Options popover.

To access the Device Options popover click the cogwheel icon next to your device's name.

Backup Pop-over

All your backups are accessible from the Device Popover.

To access the Backup popover click backups button in the upper toolbar.

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!

  • Backups do not include your iTunes Media Library (iTunes U, Podcasts, Ringtones, Videos, iBooks and Music).

Going further


For support on iMazing, visit our Support Page.


Updated 15 Apr, 2016
by iMazing Team

Backup & Restore

iMazing Manual





Notes & Voice Memos

Music & Videos


Support Center