How to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes on your PC

If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.

  1. On your Windows PC, open iTunes. If you don't have it on your PC, download iTunes.
  2. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. If asked for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. Get help if you forgot your passcode.
  4. Select your device in iTunes. Learn what to do if your device doesn't appear on your computer.
    The iTunes menu bar with the device button magnified.
  5. Click Summary.
  6. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup. Select the "Encrypt local backup" checkbox and create a memorable password.
    Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there's no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password.
  7. Click Back Up Now.
    An iTunes window displaying the Summary tab with the Back Up Now button selected.
  8. When the process ends, you can see if the backup finished successfully. You'll see the date and time of your last backup.
    An iTunes window displaying the Summary tab with the time and date of the latest backup magnified under the Back Up Now button.
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