How to Back Up and Restore iPhone without iTunes

There is no doubt that iTunes is one of the most popular tools that iOS users would use to backup and restore their data on iPhone or iPad. The free tool offered by Apple itself provides users great fit. But it is not rare at all that iTunes cannot run smoothly on your computer. Sometimes it just gives the wrong prompt and you have no way to fix it. Then how could you back up and restore iPhone, especially when iOS 14 is launched? Well, this article will offer you two ways to back up and restore iPhone data without iTunes.

Method 1. Back Up and Restore iPhone with iCloud

Normally, iCloud is the first choice we get to when iTunes is unavailable. This great feature offered by Apple is same with iTunes in some way. It is free (for 5GB space), and reliable enough. You can back up the data on iPhone manually or automatically by iCloud. And what it can do better than iTunes is that you don’t have to install it on your computer and connect your iPhone to computer – iCloud is already on your iPhone when you own your device. And the following is how to back up and restore iPhone with iCloud.

How to Back Up iPhone with iCloud?

Manually Back Up iPhone with iCloud:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Step 2. Tap Back Up Now.

Step 3. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device to check whether the backup is finished.

backup message with icloud

Automatically Back Up iPhone with iCloud:

Step 1. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings >Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Step 2. Once your device is connected to a Wi-Fi and a power source and you have your screen locked, then your gallery, text messages, apps and every other thing on your device gets safely stored to your iCloud account.

How to Restore iPhone with iCloud?

Restoring iPhone data from a backup through iCloud is not as easy as backing it up into your iCloud account. You can’t find a restore button in the settings of your device. So, to restore, you have to reset the entire device and you will lose all the existing data on the device. To restore your iPhone with iCloud, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Settings > General and find Reset. Then, Choose Erase All Content and Settings.

  2. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, and then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

  3. After that, you will need to enter your Apple ID and choose a backup. After that, the restoring begins.

  4. When asked, sign in to your Apple ID again to restore your apps and purchases.

  5. Stayed connected with Wi-Fi and wait for the restoring to be finished.

restore from icloud

Method 2. Back Up and Restore iPhone by 3rd-Party Tool (iOS 14/13/12 Supported)

Another good choice for iPhone users to back up and restore iPhone is to use one excellent backup & restore tool. Here we introduce FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS) to you. The program can do mostly what iTunes can do for you. See its features.

Key Features:

  • It can back up all the data and settings on your iPhone just like iTunes do.
  • It can selectively back up data on iPhone, which means only backup Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp, WeChat instead of whole the data on your iPhone.
  • Restore any data you like from FoneGeek/iTunes/iCloud backup without reset your device.
  • Merge the data on your device with the data in your backup files.


See the following part to know how to back up and restore iPhone with FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS).

How to Back Up and Restore iPhone with FoneGeek?

Step 1: Start with downloading thesoftware in your respective computers. Install and then launch it. When you getto the main interface, select "Backup & Restore".

backup iphone

Step 2: Plug your device to the PC now andlet the device recognize it. Now, you can click on "Backup".

Step 3: Now you can see the FoneGeek backup you just made. Choose a backup and the click "View" button.

view backup file

Step 4: Then connect your device and you can choose what kind of data you want to restore. After that. select between "Export to Computer" and "Restore to Device".

restore backup to device

Now you have two methods to back up and restore iPhone without iTunes. And both of them are easy to use. Just give them a shot now! Remember that FoneGeek also helps even when you update your iPhone to iOS 14.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Nov 11, 2020, 09:43:19

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.