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What does iTunes backup?

For those who do not know much about iTunes, this great app is comparable to a virtual digital assistant that lets you organize, store, and backup your data on your iPhone. In addition, iTunes also allows one to shop for music, movies, and TV shows that they would like to enjoy.

Among the many iTunes features that exist, its backup feature is somewhat confusing as most iPhone users don't understand what iTunes really backs up. Besides that, some new features in this app have also come into play, such as the iTunes charts where one could get games, apps, and so much more.

In this expose' you will learn some new facts about iTunes backup mainly what iTunes backup is, and get your answer for the question 'What is an iTunes backup?'.

Part 1: What exactly does iTunes backup

Basically, 'backing up' is the copying and storing of primary data in different data storage avenues so that if something goes wrong with the original storage device, you can restore the data once more in one piece.

Backups let you transfer data from your last device to your new one. iTunes backup service works more or less the same as any back up service in a smart device. With iTunes backup service, you can back up several forms of data which includes;

  • • Photos
  • • Media files like your music or videos
  • • Messages & Call Logs
  • • Application Data
  • • Settings
  • • Memos, Calendar, and Bookmarks
  • • Safari history, offline data, browser cache, mail cache, messages and attachments, temp files, etc.

Part 2: How to extract iTunes backup

Backing up data means that you might need to use the backed up data at one time and restore it into a new device or your previously formatted iPhone. If the phone was not formatted, accessing the iTunes back up folder is easy, now that you can use the file manager to locate it.

However, if by any means the iPhone had been formatted previously, this means that you must use an external data recovery tool to retrieve the iTunes backup data. One of the best data recovery apps for extracting and retrieving iTunes backed up data is dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery, as it is one of the best and most reliable applications worldwide, for extracting iTunes backup.

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How to use dr.fone to extract iTunes backup

Step 1 Launch dr.fone and select 'Recover from iTunes Backup File'

start to recover from itunes

Step 2 Scan iTunes backup file

You can selectively mark and scan the data you want to recover. After you select it then click to start the scan process. The scan takes just a few minutes to retrieve all the data from your preferred iTunes backup file.

scan to recover from itunes

Step 3 Preview and recover data from iTunes backup

In a few seconds, all the recovered data will be sorted into categories and displayed on the screen for you. Click on the left sidebar to preview recovered data and check the boxes in front of the data you wanted recovered.

recover from itunes finished

Thereafter, click "Recover" to recover the data either to your iOS device or computer.

Part 3: Bonus tips for using iTunes

Tip 1: How to disable the automatic backup

iTunes backing up files automatically without your consent is not something that everyone likes. Normally, iTunes would do the back up of files on its own to iCloud anytime you connect your device to the internet for syncing. This becomes a major issue for some of us as the process of syncing and creating backup takes a long while.

All this because of the fact that iTunes is uploading bulk files to iCloud during this phase of automatic backup. Gladly, we have a way out. Depending on our device and its operating system, there are a few simple and quick steps that if followed will help us avoid this problem.

For an iOS device;

• Stop iTunes app on your device.

• Go to Applications then Utilities.

• Now, here enter the following command, 'defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true'.

Note: Once you have disabled the automatic backup, backups can be created manually by copying your data directly to your preferred backup folder. However, if you want to re-enable the automatic backup feature, you will have to type in the following command in place of the previous one: 'defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false'.

For Windows;

• Shut down the iTunes application.

• Press the Windows and the 'R' keys to enable the Run dialog box.

• Now, enter the following command, depending on what version of the Windows OS you have, a 32 bit or 64 bit:

In case of 32-bit: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefIntAutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled1 and then press 'Enter'.

In case of 64-bit: "C:\Program Files(x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefIntAutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled1 and then press 'Enter'.

Tip 2: How to delete iTunes backups

This can be an excellent way to free up some considerable amount of space on your computer. You can accomplish this by deleting the local backups made via iTunes in your PC or computer. The process doesn't take long and works well with both operating systems Mac OS and Windows.

By following the next steps, you’ll also be able to see the devices that have been backed by iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, and then you will have the choice whether you you would like to delete them all from your computer or just a few selected ones.

• Begin by launching the iTunes app and then go to iTunes Preferences.

• Now, access the 'Devices' tab to locate the backup list.

• This is where you will select the backup folders you want to erase and then hit 'Delete Backup'.

After that, you just have to exit the iTunes app. You can even do a fresh backup of your device(s).

Tip 3: How to enable iTunes in the Cloud

In case of a small hard drive that usually won't be able to support the creation of iTunes backups, you have the option of making use of the cloud utility for iTunes, so that you are able to create a secure backup and at the same time create a secure back up. Below are the steps to be followed to do this.

• Start the iTunes app on your PC or Mac.

• Go to the 'Preferences' tab as shown below.

iTunes backedup

• Now, hit the Store tab.

• Just make sure that you have checked the option marked, 'Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases' so that you are always updated with any new information on iCloud.

Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases

Now, there you have it, Wondershare dr.fone makes your life so much more easy when it comes to extracting from your iTunes backup. Once you download and start using it, you never are going to have any issues with your iTunes backup.

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Aug 19,2017 15:33 pm / Posted by Selena Lee to iTunes

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