How to Backup iPhone to Mac (iPhone 8 Included)

Jose Henline
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Are you looking for an easy and proper way to backup iPhone to Mac? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Here I am going to show you two methods to backup iPhone to Mac, so you won't lose iPhone photos, contacts, messages, videos, music, etc. The methods are also available for iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Check them below.


How to backup iPhone to Mac using iTunes

This method allows you to backup iPhone including the upcoming iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 7Plus, iPhone 6, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and other iOS devices. Follow below steps to backup iPhone to Mac using iTunes.

  1. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. If a message asks for your iPhone passcode or to trust this Computer, follow the onscreen steps.
  3. Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes. From the Summary interface, click the “This computer” option and click “Back Up” Now. If you want to backup iPhone Health and Activity data, you need to encrypt your backup by select “Encrypt iPhone Backup” and creating a password.
  4. After iTunes finishes backup process, go to Preferences > Devices in iTunes and you will see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup.

Where does iTunes store backups and how to change?

Now that you have backed up iPhone to Mac using iTunes, you need to know where does iTunes store backups on your Mac. Here is the original iPhone backup location on Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

If you want to change the iPhone backup location in iTunes so that you can backup iPhone to another place, follow the steps below.

  1. Copy the original iTunes backup folder to the new location where you want to store backups.
  2. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/. Remove the Backup folder or rename it "BackupOld" if you want to keep it.
  3. Open Terminal and type the following command: ln –s /Volumes//MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup.
  4. Close Terminal. Launch an iTunes backup to see if it has been properly located.

The steps may be a little complex. And the below method is much more easier to complete when backing up iPhone to your specified location.

How to backup iPhone to Mac using third-party software

The second method to backup iPhone to Mac is by using a piece of third-party software like Cisdem iPhone Cleaner that has a backup feature. Althought Cisdem iPhone Cleaner is an app for cleaning iPhone cache, cookies, junk files and other temporary files. But it also allows you to backup your iPhone photos, messages, music, contacts and other files to Mac.

This method is very useful when your device can’t be detected by iTunes. And you can backup iPhone data to your specified location on Mac. Its supported devices includes iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone X and more iOS devices. Just follow below guide to see how it backup iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem iPhone Cleaner on Mac. Open it and then connect your iPhone to Mac.

Free Download macOS 10.8 or later

Step 2. Then this app will show your device capacity, iOS version, serial number and color. It also categories your iPhone data to photos, videos, music, system apps and more. You can click each item to view details.

Step 3. As you can see from the left column of the app’s interface, the features including App Cleaner and Find Large Files allow you to clean up junk and useless files, thus you can free up iPhone space.

Here you can directly navigate to Backup. This app provides for 11 categories based on your needs. Switch the icon of each category to select which one left on your local device. Click “Scan” to tell the app where you’d like to store the iPhone data on Mac.

It is very easy and quick to backup iPhone to Mac by using Cisdem iPhone Cleaner. And you’ll never lose your precious photos, contacts, notes, reminders, etc. Try it now and backup iPhone to Mac!

Jose Henline
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Jose specializes in reviews, how-to guides, top lists, etc. on PDF, data recovery and multi-media. On his spare time, he likes to travel or challenge some extreme sports.

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