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Backup iPhone/iPad after iOS 12 Update without iTunes

Apple has officially announced iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. Due to iOS 11's massive complaints (but Apple claims that customer satisfaction for iOS 11 is 95%), iOS 12 mainly focused on improvements of performance and stability, for example, apps launch 40% faster, keyboard can appear 50% faster, and slide to take photo can be up to 70%, especially for older iOS devices. For me, I upgrade one of my iOS device to iOS 12 beta version as soon as Apple released to find that, yes, the device are now running noticeably fast than it used to be, even if it's just a developer beta version but my device just gets improved indeed. And here are some other main updates on iOS 12:

  • Photos now includes Search Suggestions and added a For You tab.
  • Siri gaining new Shortcuts feature (seems to based on Workflow).
  • App updates: News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and iBooks.
  • Added Screen Time feature.
  • Messages and FaceTime updates.
  • Memoji is a new personalized Animoji based on your appearance.
  • Notifications now be grouped by apps/topic/thread with new style.

Moreover, iOS 12 are available on all devices that support iOS 11, so even the iPhone and iPad released on 2013 including your iPhone 5s are able to upgrade to iOS 12. So if your old iPhone or iPad lag, you'd better upgrade it to iOS 12 to save it. Of course, it's always the right thing to backup your device before or after upgrading your operating system. Currently, when it comes to backup iOS device, iCloud and iTunes are the most common method. But what it you don't like using iCloud and iTunes? If there is any other option to backup your iPhone or iPad? And this article is mainly teach you how to backup iPhone/iPad without iTunes/iCloud after iOS 12 update.

How to Backup iPhone without iTunes after iOS 12 update.

Syncios Data Transfer is a utility that designed for making backup of iOS devices. It allows you selectively backup contents compared with iTunes which makes full backup. Besides, when you restore data from iTunes backup, it will erase all existing data, while Syncios Data Transfer won't. Photos, Contacts, Messages, Notes, ebooks, Call logs, Music, Videos and more to computer.

Step 1: Download and launch Syncios Data Transfer.

Before started, free download and install the great iTunes alternative below, both Windows version and Mac version are available, just download the compatible one according to your operating system, and launch it.

Win Version
Mac Version

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Step 2: Connect your iPhone/iPad to PC or Mac.

Select Backup mode on the homepage, then connect your iOS 12 device to PC or Mac with USB cable, Syncios would detect your idevice and load the data automatically, it may take some time according to the size of your data, after that, all data would be displayed on the middle of the panel.

iOS 12 data backup

Step 3: Select desired data and start to backup.

Just select your desired data, and set the backup path by clicking on the "..." button. After that, simply click on Next button to start the backup process. After a while, all of your selected data would be backed up on your computer successfully.
Of course, you are allowed to restore backup files back to your idevice with iOS 12 whenever you want.

Summary: It's wise to backup your idevice regularly in case that something goes wrong and resulted in data loss, especially when your device are running the iOS 12 beta version. With Syncios Data Transfer, you can always back up your device to computer with ease, and restore the backup to device anytime you need. If you don't like the iTunes, I bet Syncios Data Transfer can be the best alternative for you.

Support for all iPhone/iPad running iOS 5 - iOS 14

iPhone iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X,iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
iPad iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini.
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