How to (Automatically) Backup iPhone to Computer over WIFI

This passage would elaborate you about how to backup iPhone to computer over WiFi in detail. You would also know how to automatically backup iPhone over WiFi and the way to backup iPhone without Wi-Fi.


By Demi / Updated on October 24, 2023

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Need to backup iPhone to computer over WiFi?

Threatened by unexpected hardware and software damages and any other causes, you may need to take care of your iPhone data. It may be a disaster for you if any delicate photos, important contacts, and messages are lost.

Saving everything on iPhone is not absolutely secure. Apple’s products could make users freak out, too. Many users reported that they lost photos after upgrading to iOS 15, so you’d better backup iPhone to computer before getting iPhone updated.

If you prefer a way to backup iPhone to computer via WiFi, the following content would help you know more about that.


Method 1. Backup iPhone to computer over Wi-Fi using iTunes

iTunes is usually used for purchasing and managing music and videos. It also could be used to backup or sync iPhone over the air. When your iPhone and computer are connected to the same WiFi, your iPhone would be recognized by iTunes over the air. 

Please be noted that if you have never enabled the feature before, you'll need to connect your iPhone to computer to activate the function with the steps below.

Step 1. Download and launch the latest version of iTunes on your computer > Connect iPhone to computer with USB.

Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper-left corner > Click Summary to continue.

Step 3. Scroll down the pane and check Sync this iPhone over Wi-Fi. Click Apply at the bottom.

iTunes Sync Over Wifi

Now, you could disconnect iPhone from computer. From now on, you can backup iPhone to computer over Wi-Fi using iTunes as long as both your iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi.

Method 2. Automatically backup iPhone over Wi-Fi with iCloud

If you would like to enable automatic backup on iPhone immediately, you could turn to iCloud on iPhone. To automatically backup iPhone over Wi-Fi with iCloud, please check these prerequisites first.

◆ Connect your iPhone to Power and Wi-Fi. 
◆ iPhone screen should be locked.
◆ Keep the available iCloud storage space in mind.

To enable automatic backup on iPhone, you should connect iPhone to WiFi and then go to the Settings app on your iPhone > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup to enable iCloud Backup

Please remember the conditions mentioned above to make sure automatically backup is successfully triggered. If you meet with a problem when enabling iCloud backup, you could also use iTunes to help you switch on the button.

Backup iPhone to iCloud

Method 3. Selectively backup iPhone to computer via FoneTool

To make it easy to protect your iPhone data, you can try the professional backup tool - FoneTool to backup the important data on your iOS devices to computer. You're free to backup iPhone, iPad, and iPod to computer via FoneTool.

Compared with iTunes, FoneTool has these features and advantages:
👍 Free to select files to backup. Instead of backing up the whole iPhone to computer, FoneTool enables you to preview and choose to backup.
👍 Simple and fast process. FoneTool just requires 3 steps to backup what you care about from iPhone to computer. The stable USB connection between iPhone and computer promises a super-fast backup speed.
👍 Offline backup. FoneTool doesn't require an Internet connection during the backup process. You're allowed to backup iPhone without any Internet restrictions.

Now, download and install FoneTool on computer > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB, and follow the steps below to selectively backup iPhone to computer via FoneTool.

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Step 1. Choose a backup solution

Click Phone Backup on its homepage. Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started. You can also choose Full Backup to backup everything from iPhone to PC.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Choose files to backup to wanted destination

Check each icon to preview and choose wanted files, and click OK to confirm. Choose a destination to save the backup files. (You can save the backup files to any local folders on computer, USB, etc.) Finally, click Start Backup to begin the task.

Click Start Backup


You could backup iPhone to computer over WiFi with iTunes. If you have enough iCloud storage, you could also enable Automatically Backup in iPhone Settings. If you want the most convenient way to protect data on your iPhone, you could use FoneTool to quickly backup your iPhone to computer without the Internet. If this passage solves your problem, you could share it to help more people.