How to back up your iPhone to your Mac or PC and avoid the cloud
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While it's more convenient to use iCloud to back up your Apple iPhone, you can also back up your phone to your Mac or PC.
Yes, of course you want to back up your iPhone — as we all know, despite phone cases and Gorilla glass and careful engineering, disaster — in the form of cracked displays, lost devices, and three-year-olds who think it's fun to sit on your latest phone — can happen. When that happens, you want to have all your data backed up.

The easiest way to go is to back up using iCloud, which is not only simple to set up, but makes it just as simple to set up a new phone if your old one is no longer available. (You can also back up to other services, such as Google Drive, but it isn't nearly as convenient.) Or, if you're an iPhone user who is steadfast about retaining your privacy, you can back up your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer and retain full control of your data backups.

Here's how to back up to iCloud or your laptop / desktop.

Back up to iCloud

Tap on "Settings" > [your name] top button > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup."

If "iCloud Backup" is switched off, toggle it on. If it's already toggled on, and you're preparing to wipe your old iPhone, you may want to tap "Back Up Now" just in case.

Back up to your desktop

Connect your phone to your computer using its charging cable.

Fire up iTunes if you're using Windows or a Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier; use Finder on a Mac with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later.

If you're using Finder, open a Finder window…
Barbara Krasnoff
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