Unlike other Android smartphones, when you connect your iPhone to computer, you need to download and install the management software on your computer, otherwise you can not access your personal files of your iPhone on computer. Generally speaking, it is required to install iTunes on your computer if you want to connect your iPhone to PC. However, you have more other available ways to link your iPhone to Windows PC so that you can sync or back up with iTunes, or transfer photos, videos and other contents from iPhone to computer or other devices.
Note: Before going further, please be noted that you need to make sure you have installed the latest iTunes version on your computer, otherwise your iPhone might fail to be detected by the computer. If you have installed iTunes on your computer, please make sure you are running the latest iTunes version. Not sure whether you are running the latest iTunes or not? you can go to "Help" > "Check for Updates" on iTunes, if there is an available update there, just download and install it.
This method will show you a general way to connect your iPhone to PC and also sync your iPhone data to iTunes Library for backup. To do so, you will need a Windows PC, an iPhone and a USB cable that comes with your device. (Note: Please make sure your USB cord is the original one for the USB cable you buy from market may only be used for charging.)
Now, you can refer to the instructions as below to connect your iPhone to PC:
Step 1. Please connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable. You can either use a desktop computer or a laptop computer that is running Windows 10/8/7/XP.
Step 2. Click the iTunes icon on your computer to launch it. Usually iTunes will automatically launch once you connect your iPhone to computer, if not, simply run it manually.
Step 3. On iTunes window, please click the iPhone icon on the upper left corner on iTunes window.
Step 4. If you want to create a local iPhone backup on your computer, please turn to the right panel and click "Back Up Now" button, and select the contents you want to sync. Simply click a content in the left panel of iTunes window, and check or uncheck the "Sync [content]" options, like music, files, books and etc.
Step 5. After selection, please click "Done" button at the bottom to confirm your selection.
Step 6. Scroll down and you will see the Options section where you can check the option named "Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected" if needed. This option allows you to sync the contents you have selected whenever you connect your iPhone to your computer.
Step 7. After that, you can click "Apply" button to start to sync the contents you have selected to iTunes Library which you can check on your computer, too.
You May Like: 4 Different Ways to Connect iPhone to iPad
This method will show you how to connect your iPhone to PC over Wi-Fi and wirelessly sync your iPhone data to iTunes Library for backup with Wi-Fi. And all you need is your iPhone, computer, original USB cable of iPhone and also the stable Wi-Fi. After applying this method, your iPhone will automatically sync your iPhone contents you have selected to iTunes Library once your iPhone connects to Wi-Fi network.
Below are the instructions you can refer to:
Step 1. Get a USB cable to link your iPhone to computer. Please remember to make sure your USB cable is original and damage-free in order to make your iPhone recognized successfully.
Step 2. Launch iTunes on your computer if it does not automatically open by itself. Then click the iPhone icon appeared at the top left corner of iTunes window.
Step 3. Before going further, here you can also choose the contents that you want to sync on iTunes. Simply click the contents and check or uncheck the "Sync [content]" options, like music, books and etc. to make your choice.
Step 4. Turn to the right panel of iTunes window, scroll down to find "Options" section, and check the box before "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" option. Then click "Apply" button and wait for a while to finish the syncing change on your iPhone.
Step 5. Now, please disconnect your iPhone from your computer, launch Settings app on your iPhone and tap "Wi-Fi" option to choose a Wi-Fi network to connect with password. Here please be noted that your iPhone and your computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 6. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "General" > "iTunes Wi-Fi Sync" > "Sync Now". If there are more than one desktop are listed from iTunes Wi-Fi Sync page, please choose the computer that you want to sync, and make sure iTunes is open on your computer.
Thus when you tap "Sync Now" button on your iPhone, your iPhone will wirelessly sync with your PC over Wi-Fi. Of course the iTunes backup file will contain the contents you have selected before syncing.
You May Like: How to Fix iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi Problem
Actually, even though iTunes is the official software to manage iPhone files, iTunes has its limits. Because many users have complained that iTunes is difficult to use and it is not very friendly for Windows PC users, and also iTunes limits the transferable files for the non-purchased movies/music/books/apps are not allowed to be copied through iTunes. Anyway, to meet the most people's needs, a easy-to-use and friendly iTunes alternative " iPhone Data Manager" - Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Windows/Mac) for iPhone/iPad/iPod comes out.
This iPhone Data Manager can help you easily connect your iPhone to computer and better manage your iPhone data on Windows PC or Mac. With it, you can easily backup/restore, import/export, add/delete/add iPhone data directly and systematically on computer, such as contacts, text messages, calendars, notes, call history, photos, music, videos, apps, books, iTunes backups and many more. Even you can send or reply messages to your contacts individually or in a group, and 1-click backup and restore iTunes backup for your iPhone, and also you can import or delete the iTunes backup files as you like.
Besides, you have no worry about the compatibility of the iPhone Data Manager. It is fully compatible with almost all iOS device, including iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE, iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch/Shuffle/Nano/Classic and etc. Below are the free trails of the iPhone Data Manager in Windows and Mac version, please download the right version on your computer and connect your iPhone to computer right now.
[User Guide] Steps to Connect iPhone to PC via iPhone Data Manager:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable and the program will automatically detect your device and show the main interface like below.
Step 2. After that, please click the file type that you want to manager on the left panel like "Contacts". Then you will see all of your contacts on the right panel with different function buttons like "New", "Edit", "Export", "Import", "Delete", "Refresh" and so on..
Step 3. You can choose the button you need to manage your iPhone data. For example, you can select one or more contacts from the contact list and click "Export" button and select either "Export to CSV", "Export to vCards (.vcf)" or "Backup to XML" option as you like. So easy, right?