How to Backup or Recover iPhone Files with iTunes
An iTunes backup file contains what’s currently on your iPhone, including text messages, iMessages, photos, videos, contacts, call history, FaceTime history, voice notes, calendar events, music, Touch ID settings, Apple Pay information and settings, and various types of app data. Creating iTunes backups is one of the safest ways to keep files secured on iOS devices. However, to prevent file corruption of the iTunes backups, Apple designed these backup files in a way that can’t be easily accessed or read. If you would like to access and download contents from iTunes backups, or your iTunes backup file is corrupted, then you need the help from iOS data recovery software, such as H Data iPhone Data Recovery Software.
Creating, restoring and recovering data from iTunes sounds complicated, but don’t be put off by that. With H Data iPhone Data Recovery Software, the process can be very straightforward. Follow the steps below, free download H Data iPhone Data Recovery Software, and start your free trial.
How to Create An iTunes Backup
Take your iPhone or iPad and connect it to your computer using a USB cable. iTunes will recognize the device automatically.
Go to the File menu, then click Back Up to start. You may be prompted to log in with your credentials. You can also click on the “Back Up Now” button, but make sure “This computer” is selected. If you want to encrypt your data, select the encryption checkbox and choose a password for the backup.
- Install the latest version of iTunes if you don’t have it. Launch iTunes and connect your device to your computer. If a message asks to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps and click Trust.
- Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes. On the left panel, select Summary and go to the Backups section. Check This computer so that a full backup will be created and stored on your local drive. This is the recommended option if you want to recover data or extract files from an iTunes backup using iPhone data recovery software.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iPhone, you need to encrypt your backup. Select the box called Encrypt iPhone backup and create a password that you can remember. If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Leave the Encrypt iPhone backup box unchecked and click Back Up Now. The backup process may take a while depending on the size of your iPhone contents. When it is done, you will have yourself an iTunes backup file which you could turn to when the need arises.
How to Restore An iTunes Backup
Now that you have an iPhone or iPad backup in iTunes, you can restore your iPhone to it when needed. Please note that the backup data will replace your current data. So make sure that any new photos or files created from the date of the backup onwards are saved separately.
- Start iTunes and connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using a USB cable.
- Go to File > Devices > Restore from backup. If you have multiple backups, choose the backup you want to retrieve from the drop-down menu, and click Restore. You can also click on the device icon, go to summary window, and click on Restore Backup.
- Restore iTunes backup. Wait until the data is transferred to your device.
How to Recover Missing or Deleted data from an iTunes backup
If instead of restoring your iPhone or iPad with an iTunes backup, you want to save some of the files to your computer. The only way you can do this is by using the H Data iPhone Data Recovery Software, which allows you to view and extracts individual files, including the deleted files, to your local drive or external storage devices.
- Free download H Data iPhone Recovery and install it on your computer.
- Connect iPhone to computer, select View and Restore Files from iTunes Backups. Choose an iTunes backup file and click SCAN.
3. When the scanning process is done, you will be able to see all the recoverable files neatly categorized. H Data iPhone Recover can recover contacts, messages, WeChat conversations, reminders, notes, Safari history and more. Click on the categories on the left and freely check for details. If you want any of these files to be extracted to your computer, simply select them and click on the Export Selected Records.