How to Sync or backup iPhone to laptop

This article explains the steps to

-          Download and install iTunes on Windows based computer

-          Backup or Sync iPhone data to Computer/ notebook/ computer. 

Windows System Requirements to install Apple iTunes.

ü  Computer with a 1GHz Intel or AMD processor and 512MB of RAM

ü  32-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later;

ü  64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer

ü  400MB of free disk space

ü  Broadband Internet connection to use the iTunes Store

Macintosh System Requirements to install Apple iTunes

ü  Mac computer with an Intel Core processor

ü  OS X version 10.6.8 or later

ü  400MB of available disk space

ü  Broadband Internet connection to use the iTunes Store

Apple iTunes Download and installation steps:

·         First download Itunes software on your computer from here

iTunes download site

·         Then it will prompt you to enter your e-mail address and select “Download now” option.

iTunes Windows requirements

·         Select “Run” to install iTunes on your PC

Apple iTunes download

·         Select “Next” option

Apple iTunes installation

·         I unselect “Use iTunes as the default player for audio files” and click on “Install”

Apple iTunes installation

·         During the installation, you get couple of “User Account Control” prompts, select “Yes” to proceed with iTunes installation.

Apple iTunes installation

·         With this, you have finished install iTunes and as soon you click on Finish, it will open iTunes window.

·         As per following screenshot, click on small arrow at the top of the iTunes screen and select “Show Menu Bar”

iphone backup to System

·         This will help you to unlock File, Edit, View, Controls, Store and Help buttons.

·         Then select “store” and authorise your computer to access iPhone by selecting the option “Authorize this computer”. It will prompt to select “Trust” on your iPhone so that your iPhone can trust the computer going forward.

·         Here, you need to enter your iTunes account details. If you are not sure about your Apple password, click on “forgot?”

Note : If you don’t have Apple or iTunes ID, go to this page and register yourself.

·         Finally we can backup or restore iPhone from here. To backup iPhone, navigate to File- Devices- Backup.

·         To Restore iPhone from existing backup, select “restore from backup” option.

Apple Device backup or Sync

·         In the following screen, you can see “Backing up …. iPhone”

Apple Device backup or Sync

I know some of you are curious to know the backup location of iPhone on Windows systems.

Backup location of iPhone on Windows based system is : C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

This location is not visible by default. You need to enable option to show hidden files as per following links.

How to unhide files and folders in Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server systems

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