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iTunes Cannot Backup iPhone? Top 3 Ways to Backup iPhone Data

June. 16, 2016 12:21 pm / Posted by Jerry Cook to Apple Devices
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iTunes Cannot Backup iPhone

"iTunes cannot backup my iPhone because the backup could not be saved on this computer. Help!"

You may have suffered this "iTunes cannot backup iPhone" issue, and you may see the alert message in iTunes like:

Other situations that cause iTunes cannot backup iPhone could be that the backup is corrupted, iPhone is locked with a passcode (see how to reset iPhone without passcode) or iPhone is disconnected.

If you are in one of the cases, try the 3 best ways below to backup your iPhone. They cover how to backup iPhone data to iTunes without iTunes.

Select Alternative Ways When iTunes Can't Backup iPhone

The issue that iTunes cannot backup iPhone can be easily solved. You can download iPhone Data Transfer software, and it will help to backup all your iPhone data, including apps, music, videos (movies), playlists, photos, contacts, messages, iBook, and more files. This software works well with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and it will backup your iPhone contents and apps to iTunes, to computer or to an external hard drive.

Get iAny Manger on your computer (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista). Run it and then connect your iPhone to this computer via a USB cable.

Download iAny Transfer Software:

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Backup iPhone Data to iTunes (including An Empty iTunes Library)

iAny Transfer can backup your iPhone to iTunes without the help of iTunes. There will never be errors like that in iTunes, and no data loss. This is much helpful especially when you got an empty iTunes library, or when iTunes can't recognize your iPhone.

On the software's interface, select the data you want to backup to iTunes and click on the "iTunes" button. Then the data will be backed up into your iTunes library immediately.

itunes cannot backup iphone

Backup iPhone to Computer or External Hard Drive (in Readable Formats)

When iTunes cannot backup iPhone, another workable way is to backup iPhone data to computer or to an external hard dirve in readable formats. This will help you access the files when in need. You can also share the backed-up data with iPad, iPod touch or with other phones in the mobile phone systems like Android, blackberry, Windows Phone.

Insert the hard drive first if you want to backup iPhone to an external hard drive.

Note: All text content can be saved in the formats of .txt, .xls, .xml; contacts can also be saved as vCard/VCF files. All media are in their original formats in lossless quality.

Backup iPhone Files to Computer in An Unreadable Format (SQLITE Database File)

You can also backup iPhone files to computer as an SQLITE Database file, which is the same format of iTunes backup. This can help to prevent someone from viewing your privacy without your permission.

If iTunes cannot backup iPhone, try iAny Manger. It offers 3 workable methods, from which you can choose to backup iPhone to iTunes, or to computer. Thus, you won't worry about data loss.

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