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iPhone physical backup on different PC

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Oct 10, 2013 8:05 AM

I usually back my iPhone up to my Macbook Pro.  That laptop is currently in another state ATM and it might be a couple months before I get to it.  I have my windows gaming rig that I want to do 3 things with.


1 - make a physical backup of everything on my 4s

2 - use that backup to transfer everything onto an upgrade (a new 5c)

3 - factory restore my 4s


Can I do this and then when I get my laptop back continue to use it as my main? Thanks!

  • jeremy_v Community Specialists Community Specialists (1,750 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to bobsbarricades)

    Hi bobsbarricades,


    Thanks for visiting Apple Support Communities.


    You can manually create a backup on your pc without syncing. See this article for the steps:


    iOS: How to back up and restore your content

    iTunes can create backups of your iOS device when you:

    • Sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on)
    • Right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose Back Up

    Use these steps to manually back up your iOS device using iTunes:

    1. Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
    2. Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up.

    To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.

    All the best,



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