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Backup/Restore IOS without iTunes?

Asked: Jun 28 2017 | 11:38 pm EDT 1979 Views 8 Answers View Best Answer

So I have a bit of a problem here, nothing too major if it can't be solved, but...

Is it possible to backup AND restore my current IOS 10.3.1 OS on my iPhone 6S+ without the use of iTunes?

I won't have access to my Computer (which already has a backup) for a while.

I do although have access to an ancient Dell PC which does NOT support the newer iTunes versions. (Windows XP SP3)

I think I'm pushing it, but is there software out there for backing up and restoring the entire OS like iTunes?


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Jun 29 2017 | 12:59 am EDT Tartarus

iCloud Backup is your friend and it’s all on your iPhone.
It will not backup the OS itself, as that’s not necessary, but you can restore your iPhone in Settings and select the most recent backup to restore to.
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Jun 29 2017 | 1:09 am EDT metllicamilitia

Yes, iCloud backup within settings on your iPhone. The only downside to a straight iCloud backup is that you will need to reinstall all your apps and log back in to all of them. All your settings, messages, etc. will be restored though.
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Jun 29 2017 | 1:10 am EDT Josiah23

iCloud Backup is your friend and it’s all on your iPhone.
It will not backup the OS itself, as that’s not necessary, but you can restore your iPhone in Settings and select the most recent backup to restore to.
Alright, thank you. I somehow know more about other device (Android) over my own iPhone, lol.
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Jun 29 2017 | 1:13 am EDT Josiah23

Yes, iCloud backup within settings on your iPhone. The only downside to a straight iCloud backup is that you will need to reinstall all your apps and log back in to all of them. All your settings, messages, etc. will be restored though.
Gotcha
I really appreciate the responses.

I completely forgot about iCloud since I never really use it... until now! Thanks
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Jun 29 2017 | 11:38 am EDT Josiah23

@pkcable
Unfortunately for my situation I think I’m in a loophole.

I installed iOS 11 Public Beta from iOS 10.3.1 and Only made an iCloud backup instead of an iTunes backup (Since I don’t have the resources for a supported version of iTunes at the moment)

Now I couldn’t find a tutorial or any documentation to recover from a beta version of the OS using iCloud only.

I do see the option to recover from a previous date but that only restores the apps, media, and settings and doesn’t restore me back to my previous iOS version.

My guess is that I’m going to be stuck on the Beta for a while until I can get back to my PC.
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Jun 29 2017 | 12:50 pm EDT John Yester

Go to Apple, they can wipe and downgrade you.
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Jun 29 2017 | 1:26 pm EDT pkcable

Yea you need to have matching OSs, what you can do is setup the new device as new, THEN register it for the beta, THEN get it upgraded to OS11, THEN get the OS11 cloud backup restored to it.