3 Easy Ways to Backup iPhone to Mac (iPhone 15 Supported)

- "Someone told me that I had better backup iPhone before updating to iOS 17. I own a MacBook but I have no idea how to backup iPhone to my Mac computer."

Even though some people may hold the opinion that backing up iPhone is a time-wasting job, backing up iPhone to Mac is a good idea to ensure the security of your iPhone settings, because you are able to restore deleted or lost iOS data. And you can also transfer files from an old iPhone to a new one without data loss.

The only problem you need to figure out is which program can backup iPhone to Mac safely.

Read this article and get easy ways to backup iPhone to Mac using iTunes, iCloud and Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Backup iPhone to Mac

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone to Mac with iTunes

You can back up an iPhone with iTunes on a Mac computer and make an encrypted backup if necessary. Actually, iTunes offers two choices for users to back up iPhone to Mac wirelessly or via a USB cable. Read and choose a suitable solution to make a copy of your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Note: Check whether you have updated iTunes to the latest version before backing up iPhone via iTunes.

How to Backup iPhone on Mac Wirelessly

Step 1 Make sure iCloud is turned off

You can open "Settings" app on your iPhone with iOS 11 or later. Choose your name and tap "iCloud". Slide the "iCloud Backup" on-off option to turn it off. For people who are using iOS 10.2 or earlier versions, locate "Settings" and choose "iCloud" to turn off "iCloud" option as well.

Turn off iCloud

Step 2Turn on iTunes Wi-Fi sync on your iPhone

Connect iPhone and your MacBook Pro/Air with the same Wi-Fi network. Go back to "Settings". Choose "General" and scroll down to click "iTunes Wi-Fi Sync". It will prompt you to connect your iPhone to a computer.

Turn on iTunes Wi-Fi sync

Step 3Backup iPhone to Mac computer wirelessly

Sign in to iTunes account with your Apple ID and password. Later, click the icon that represents your iPhone device. Choose "Summary" and scroll down to "Options" section. Tick "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" and tap "Apply" to save your iTunes settings. Disconnect iPhone from the Mac computer, and then you are able to manage iTunes backup files over the air.

Backup iPhone to Mac Wirelessly

How to Backup iPhone on Mac Using a USB Cable

Step 1Wait until iTunes detect your iPhone on Mac

Use a USB cable to connect iPhone to a Mac. Launch iTunes and find your iPhone icon on the top. If you use a different computer, then you will be required to enter your iPhone password and trust this computer. Then iTunes will detect your iPhone automatically. (iPhone won't connect to iTunes?)

Connect iPhone to Mac

Step 2Backup an iPhone to a Mac using iTunes

Locate "Summary" menu and select items you want to back up. There are many categories in the left panel including music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and photos. For instance, you can tick "Entire music library" or "Selected playlist, artists, albums, and genres" if you want to backup iPhone music to Mac with iTunes. Press "Apply" to confirm and backup selected iPhone content to a Mac computer.

After that, you can restore iPhone from iTunes backup if you need.

Backup iPhone to  Mac


1. Back up all data without selective option to Mac.

2. It will wipe out all existing data on iPhone while restoring.

Note: iTunes has been replaced on macOS Catalina, and you will find iPhone in Finder on Mac.

Part 2. How to Backup iPhone to Mac with iCloud

If you want to backup iPhone to Mac without iTunes, then iCloud is your alternative program. Apple iCloud allows users to backup iPhone to iCloud automatically or manually. And you can get free 5G cloud storage to manage. Thus, do not forget to check whether there is enough space to make a copy.

Step 1Locate iCloud settings

Connect your iPhone to a network. If you are using iOS 11 or later, then you can open "Settings", choose your name and tap "iCloud" to access your iCloud account. For iOS 10.2 and earlier users, click "Settings" and hit "iCloud" instead.

Step 2Back up iPhone to Mac with iCloud

Turn on "iCloud Backup" and slide it to the green state. It indicates that once your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, iCloud will back up your iPhone to Mac automatically. Hit "Back Up Now" button to start backing up an iPhone over the air.

Back up iPhone to Mac with iCloud

Then what you need to do is to download iCloud to your Mac, sign in iCloud account and download iCloud backup to your Mac.


2. The backup process is very long. (Why and how iCloud backup is so long?)

1. It will wipe out all existing data on iPhone while restoring.

Part 3: How to Backup iPhone to Mac without iTunes & iCloud

The ultimate way to backup iPhone to Mac smartly and professionally is using Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore. It is a comprehensive iPhone backup program that enables users to backup and restore iPhone in one click. Different with iTunes and iCloud Apple official backup tools, you can preview data after update or before restoring.

The new iPhone backup file will not overwrite the old one. In a word, you should not miss iOS Data Backup & Restore and backup iPhone to Mac without iTunes or iCloud.

iOS Data Backup & Restore

4,000,000+ Downloads

One click to backup iPhone to Windows/Mac PC

Preview iPhone backup data without hassle.

Restore iPhone from the backup data selectively and safely.

Highly compatible with the latest iPhone (iPhone 15 included) and iPad series.

Step 1Select iOS data backup option

Launch Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore. Use a USB cable to connect iPhone to the computer. Then you can click "iOS Data Backup" option.

Main Interface

Step 2Choose standard or encrypted backup mode

You can choose the default "Standard backup" mode after detecting the iPhone. Otherwise, you can also locate "Encrypted backup" to store private iPhone content. Tap "Start" button to move on.


Step 3Choose file types

Tick before each data type you want to back up. Thus there is no need to back up iPhone data to Mac entirely.

Choose File Types

Step 4Backup iPhone on Mac computer

Press "Next" button and confirm an output folder. And then iOS Data Backup will back up iPhone on Mac without hassle.

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The free trial version has limited times and number for backing up data.

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All in all, Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore is your best choice to backup iPhone to Mac computer without iTunes or iCloud. So why not download it and have a try? You can to backup or restore iPhone data with a lightning fast speed you have never experienced.

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