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How to Backup iPhone before iOS Update [iOS 12 Supported]

Summary: How to backup iPhone before upgrade? You can find all the backup guides you want to know here to back up iPhone before iOS update.

Finally, the official version of iOS 12 is available on 17 September, 2018. Some have been hesitating about upgrading iPhone to the new iOS update since there are both positive and negative evaluations on the iOS 12 beta version, such as high power consumption and more. However, more people reported that they could not find the address book, photos and videos in the phone after the upgrade. In order to avoid data lost due to iOS update, how to backup iPhone before upgrade?

Notice: Similarly, before you get rid of iOS 12 beta, backing up your iPhone is also required in case of unexpected data lost.

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone to Computer before iOS 12 Upgrade (Recommended)
Part 2. How to Backup iPhone before Upgrade Using iTunes
Part 3. How to Backup iPhone before Upgrade via iCloud

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone to Computer before iOS 12 Upgrade (Recommended)

To keep your data safe on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch before upgrading to iOS 12, it is highly recommended to back up iPhone data to computer with a professional Backup Assistant for iOS - Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Windows/Mac), which allows you easily export, import, edit, delete, modify, add files for your device without restrictions.

Learn More about Backup Assistant for iOS:

It is fully compatible with iOS 12 and the latest iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs and iPhone XR as well as the older iOS versions and phone models. Also it supports various files, including contacts, text messages, photos, videos, music, notes, bookmarks, books, calendars, apps and many more. What's more, unlike iTunes, both purchased and non-purchased items are also supported by the Backup Assistant for iOS. And it is also an all-around iTunes Backup Manager for iOS device, which enables you to create multiple iTunes backup files for one device without overwriting the previous iTunes backups, restore iTunes backup to any iDevice as you required and also delete iTunes backup files on computer.

Now, free download the trail version of the Backup Assistant for iOS on your computer and follow the tutorial as follows to back up iPhone data before upgrading to iOS 12. Both Windows and Mac version are available, please choose the right version to download.

[Tutorial] Steps to Backup iPhone before Upgrade via Backup Assistant for iOS

This tutorial takes Windows version as an example, Mac users can also refer to this same steps to perform the program on MacBook. Make sure the the latest iTunes has installed on your computer, or the program might fail to detect your device.

Video Tutorial:

1. Selectively Backup iPhone Files to Computer with Backup Assistant for iOS

Step 1. Make your device detected by the program.

Launch the program after installation, and connect your device via a USB cable. Tap "Trust" option on your device if prompted and continue. Then the program might recognize your device. Your iDevice fails to connect?

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Step 2. Preview and choose data for backup.

You can enter any category you want to see the details, such as Contacts, Music and more. For example, to backup iPhone contacts, please click "Contacts" tab on the left panel and tick off the desired contact items on the right panel according to the contact names, phone numbers and other contact info.

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Step 3. Start to move data from iPhone to computer for backup.

After selection, please click "Export" button on the top and choose one output format you need to copy the selected iPhone data on your computer immediately.

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Thus you have backed up your contacts on your computer. You can repeat the above steps to backup the other files on your iPhone, such as SMS, photos, music, videos, books and more. So how to restore these backup files from computer when you need? Simply rely on the "Import" button on to top to import files from computer to your device.

2. Quickly Create iPhone Backup File to iTunes or Computer with Backup Assistant for iOS

Is that all that you can do with the Backup Assistant for iOS? Of course not. With the iTunes Backup & Restore feature on Super Toolkit of Backup Assistant for iOS, you can easily create, restore, delete, import iTunes backup as you like.

Create backup file to computer or iTunes:

> Go to "Super Toolkit" > "iTunes Backup & Restore" on Coolmuster iOS Assistant.
> Click "Backup" button, choose your device for backup from the drop-down menu.
> Choose the location to store the backup file, either default iTunes backup location or customized location on computer, and click "OK" to start backing up your phone.

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By the way, to restore your backup files, simply click "Restore" button on iTunes Backup & Restore, choose your device and a backup file to restore backup to your device right away.

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See Also:

How to Transfer Data to iPhone X/8/XR/Xs/Xs Max?

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to iPhone

Part 2. How to Backup iPhone before Upgrade Using iTunes

iTunes easily comes to people's mind when it is needed to backup iPhone data. Of course you can take advantage of iTunes to back up iPhone data, such as pictures, songs, movies, playlists, reminders and more. However, please be noted that iTunes only allows to transfer purchased items but not the non-purchased items due copyright issue. What's more, your new created iTunes backup will replace the previous iTunes backup, and also if you restore iTunes backup files to your device using iTunes, the existing files will be overwritten by the restored iTunes backup as well.

Anyway, if you insist to backup iPhone with iTunes, please follow these steps:

Step 1. On your iPhone, please go to "Settings" > "General" > "Restrictions", then disable the "In-App Purchases" feature to switch off the automatic syncing feature. Otherwise, you can't transfer the files that you have downloaded manually to iTunes Library.

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Step 2. Launch the latest iTunes on your computer and connect your device to computer with a USB cable. If prompted and you don't want to sync all of your phone data to iTunes, select "No" option. Then select your iPhone on iTunes.

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Step 3. Click "Summary" tab and turn to Backups section on the right panel, choose "Back Up Now" option to create an iTunes backup file immediately.

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See Also:

iTunes Can't Recognize Your iPhone - How to Fix it?

How to Recover iTunes Forgotten Passwords?

Part 3. How to Backup iPhone before Upgrade via iCloud

Similarly, iCloud also allows you to sync iPhone contents for backup. However, iCloud only offers 5G free iCloud storage space to store iPhone data. To get more iCloud storage space, you need to pay. Also restoring iCloud backup with iCloud will erase all excising contents on your device, unless you have the iCloud Backup Extractor to help you selectively recover data from iCloud backup into iPhone.

Anyway, if you insist to backup iPhone to iCloud before upgrade, you can refer to the following steps.

Step 1. On your iPhone, please go to "Settings" > "iCloud". If you are asked to enter your Apple ID and password to sign into your iCloud account, just do it to continue.

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Step 2. Tap "Backup" under iCloud page and turn on "iCloud Backup" feature under Backup page. Then tap "Back Up Now" option to create an iCloud backup file right now.

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Step 3. Wait for a while, then the backing up process to iCloud will be complete.

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