Tips & Tricks for How to Backup iPhone to Mac

How can I backup files, including music, photos, and videos from my iPhone to MacBook Pro running in OS X Mavericks? iTunes just refused to do anything like it syncs files to an iPhone. Please help. Thanks! - Owen

To ensure the security of your iPhone settings and files, you should backup your iPhone regularly. Once something goes wrong with your iPhone, you can easily restore your iPhone with the latest iPhone backup you've made. In the following, solutions to backup iPhone to Mac as well as related information are covered. Click to read the part you’re interested in:

Part 1. Backup iPhone to Mac: without iTunes & with iTunes
Part 2. iPhone Backup File Location and Included File Types
Part3. Backup iPhone Music/Photos/Videos to Mac
Part 4. iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac

Part 1. Backup iPhone to Mac: Without iTunes & with iTunes

Part 2. iPhone Backup File Location and Included File Types

Where to find iPhone backup file on Mac?

After you backup iPhone to Mac, you can find the backup file in this directory: Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. To check all iPhone backups, you should hold down Command, Shift, and G key on the keyboard to enable the Go to menu. Enter the directly: Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup.

What kind of files are included in the backup?

Each backup you've made on iTunes includes capture videos and images in iPhone Camera Roll, contacts and contact Favorites, calendar accounts and calendar events, safari bookmarks, notes, and more. For more detailed information, please click here>>. Files in iPhone backup can’t be seen and picked up. Someday, if you want to get any file from iPhone Backup, you need an iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac.

Part 3. Backup iPhone Music/Photos/Videos to Mac

I’ve mentioned how to backup an iPhone via an iTunes above. However, this backup only contains iPhone settings, files in an iPhone Camera Roll, and purchased apps. Media files on the iPhone, like songs imported from CDs, photos in iPhone Photo Library, and Internet downloaded videos can’t be backed up from iPhone to iTunes at all.

What you will need:
Wondershare TunesGo (Mac)
A Mac with iTunes installed
Your iPhone and its USB cable

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Step 1. Download Wondershare TunesGo (Mac)

Download the free trial version of Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) and install it on your Mac. After you install it, launch it right away. Connect your iPhone with your Mac via a USB cable. You can see that Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) will detects your iPhone automatically and displays it in the main window.

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Step 2. Backup iPhone Media Files to Mac

#1. Backup iPhone Music to Mac. Click Music in the sidebar and then you can see all songs are displayed on the right. Select wanted ones and click Export or Export to iTunes to backup them either in a folder or to iTunes Library on your Mac. By clicking Playlists in the right sidebar, you can see and backup iPhone playlists to Mac too.

#2. Backup iPhone Photos to Mac. Click Photos in the left sidebar, then you can see that all photos on your iPhone are saved in Photo Library, Camera Roll and albums. Choose these you need and click Export to backup them to your Mac.

#3.Backup iPhone Videos to Mac. If you're going to backup iPhone shot videos to Mac, click Photos. Find the videos in Camera Roll and export them to your Mac.

Besides music, photos, movies, you can also use Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) to backup Audiobooks, Voice Memos, iTunes U, Podcasts, and more to your Mac.

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Video Tutorial: How to Backup iPhone Media Files to Mac

Part 4. iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac

If you need some single files from iPhone Backup file on Mac, you need an iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac to help. If you haven't any idea about this kind of tool, I recommend you try Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac). It will heps you extract files from iPhone iTunes Backup, including videos, photos, contacts, messages, etc.

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