How to Create Backup on iPhone with Finder – Data Backup

Backup copies are necessary to keep important information or files that we have on our devices safe. When it comes to an iPhone, these copies are usually very useful to transfer data, retrieve documents when we perform an update or simply to transfer files due to lack of memory.

In this article, we will show you how to create an iPhone backup via Finder on acOS.

What happens to backups created with the Finder tool?

Unlike iCloud (cloud service where backups can also be made), backups made in Finder, bring with them the store information in a computerspecifically on a Mac PC. The backed up information will be stored inside the computer’s storage disk, this means that it will not be on any internet server or in a cloud storage unit.

folders and files in finder

Previously, this type of copy was used to be made through iTunes (although it is still possible in slightly updated versions of MacOS and iOS), but today all the functionalities came to have this program, were transferred to the Mac file manager: Finder, where it is also possible to create a smart folder in the Dock of a Macbook.

What is the data that is saved in the backup of your iPhone?

Using Finder, you save basic media files like videos and images, recordings, app information, iWork documents, among other basic elements that are also usually saved with iTunes. However, in Finder it is not possible to backup some data such as:

  • Content from the App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Pay.
  • Downloaded files on Apple Book.
  • Content that is stored in iCloud.
  • Mail information.

It should be noted that the Finder option is usually related to the possibility to save raw files, that is, those that are easily transferable. To make a backup through Finder, we must follow these steps:

  1. We open Finder on our Mac. In case you cannot, you will have to restart this program.
  2. We connect the iPhone to the computer via the USB cable.
  3. We wait for the device to be detected in the left sidebar of the file explorer.
  4. Once the mobile is recognized, we click on the device item.
  5. A new window will open with basic iPhone storage information and we activate the option ‘Save a backup of all iPhone data on this Mac’.
  6. At the bottom, we click on ‘Back up now’.

macbook with finder

We wait for the process to complete, which may take time depending on the number of elements and files that make up the new backup. We recommend not to stop this procedureTherefore, it can result in data loss and imbalances both on the computer and on the iOS device.

How else can you back up data from your iOS device?

There are several alternative methods to achieve an iPhone backup no need to use Finder. In fact, some of the ways that we will present to you below were at the time the best way to make backups for this type of device. They all work perfectly today and fully comply with each of the options offered.

Using the iCloud service

With iCloud, we can make the backup directly from mobile. To do this, we must access Settings, then enter our name and click on the ‘iCloud Copy’ option in the section of this unit. In this way we will automatically activate the backup synchronization through this cloud service.

We can also choose to make this copy manually, by clicking on the option ‘Back up now’. All the elements saved in this backup can be viewed on any device by entering the official iCloud website.

Via your Windows PC

itunes menu

If we don’t have a Mac computer, we can make use of a Windows PC to perform backups, yes, through the iTunes client for this operating system. The steps are very simple:

  1. Open iTunes in Windows.
  2. Connect the iPhone via USB and wait for the program to detect the device.
  3. We enter the mobile section and click on ‘Back up now’. Of course, the process will take a bit longer than on a Mac, for compatibility reasons and other details.

With your macOS Mojave

With this version of the Mac operating system, we will have to opt for use the iTunes method, which is very similar to what is done on a Windows PC. This is because processing via Finder is only possible starting with MacOS Catalina, the successor to Mojave.