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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 optimized 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

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_backup options
  6. Once your backup is finished, cick Done 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.

Device Options

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

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

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

Backups List Window

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

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

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).


Updated 15 Apr, 2016

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