Friday, September 4, 2015

How to backup iPhone without iTunes before updating to iOS 9

On September 9, Apple will announce its new iPhone and the date for the public release of iOS 9. Previous years have shown that updating the iOS of iPhone or iPad devices is not totally free from incidents including failed upgrades, iTunes restore errors and data loss. Be sure to have a safe iPhone backup in at least two separate locations.

Follow this guide to get ready for an easy uneventful update to iOS 9.

How to backup iPhone without iTunes before the iOS 9 update?

iTunes is often blamed for elusive backup and restore error messages, and unneededly cumbersome features. While I keep my iPhone backed up with iTunes, many people don’t use iTunes on a regular basis and fear having their iDevice erased and synced.

CopyTrans Shelbee is a full-featured iTunes backup alternative that backs up the same iPhone contents as iTunes including iPhone contacts, messages, notes, calendars, iOS settings and passwords.

1. CopyTrans Shelbee is designed to work on Windows PC. Download the program from here:

2. Run the program and connect the iPhone to the USB slot of your PC

3. Click on “Backup”

copytrans shelbee program window

What I particularly like about this program is its ability to save the iPhone backup to a location of your choice, a feature missing from iTunes backups.

change itunes backup location feature in copytrans shelbee

For a full iPhone backup tutorial with CopyTrans Shelbee, refer to the page below:

Copy iPhone contacts, messages, calendars and notes to PC

If you care about your iPhone business contents, including contacts, messages and notes, keep a safe copy on a PC before you update to iOS 9.

To back up iPhone contacts, download and use CopyTrans Contacts from the page below.

copytrans contacts program window

Transfer music from iPhone to PC

Neither iTunes, nor iCloud back up songs and playlists on your iPhone. To back up iPhone music and playlists, follow this tutorial.

main copytrans window

Backup iPhone photos and albums before upgrading

Photos and albums outside the Camera Roll are not backed up by iTunes. To save your entire iPhone photo library, connect the iPhone to your PC and follow the instructions from the below tutorial:

iphone photos on windows pc

How to update to iOS 9?

Once iOS 9 is available for download and after having backed up your iPhone contents, open the iPhone settings and navigate to General > Software update. Then tap “Download and Install”.

iphone ios update settings

Follow these YouTube video instructions to see how to backup iPhone without iTunes in action.

This is how to backup iPhone before updating to iOS 9 without iTunes.


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