What Does iTunes Backup

What does iTunes backup save from iPhone? In this iMobie wiki guide, we will talk about what does iTunes backup include.

By Vicky Carter | Posted on: Nov. 21, 2017, Last Updated: Jul. 18, 2019
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As the #1 iOS data backup and transfer tool, AnyTrans can help you back up your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch data automatically, wirelessly and securely. Give it a try by yourself now.

To back up the important data on your iOS device, iTunes and iCloud are both good choices. What exactly iTunes backup include? Does iTunes backup photos? And is there any iTunes alternative to backup my iPhone? How can I view my iOS data in iTunes backup? Now keep reading to figure them out one by one.

Part 1. What Does iTunes Back Up – iTunes Backup File List

Below will give a brief introduction for iTunes backup. iTunes also enables you to encrypt your backup, if you set a password to protect your backup, try your best to keep it in mind. If you forgot the iTunes backup password, you’ll not be allowed to unlock this backup.

Photos and Images

– Camera taken, screenshots, images saved, wallpapers, etc.

Media Files

– Movies, music, videos (other apps/devices), ringtones, etc.

Messages & Call Logs

– iMessage, carrier SMS, voice message, contacts, call history, etc.

Application Data

– App settings, preferences, data, documents and install profiles

– App Store purchased application data

– Game Center and Mail account (messages aren’t backed up)

– Keychain (all accounts passwords to enter into websites or application, including Wi-Fi passwords)

– Home screen arrangement, Paired Bluetooth devices, etc.


– Network settings (Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN settings, network preference)

– Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings

Memos & Calendar & Bookmark

– Notes, voice memos, voicemail token

– Calendar accounts, subscribed calendars, events, etc.

– Safari and map bookmark


– Safari history, offline data, browse cache, mail cache/message/attachments, temp files.

All content list above is what iTunes backup contains. iTunes backs up almost all your iOS content, while there is still some other content that iTunes does not cover. Here are the data iTunes back up doesn’t include:

Part 2. How to Selectively Backup iPhone Data with AnyTrans

As you can see, iTunes will only back up all iPhone data at once, and you don’t have the access to your backup files. In other words, you can’t check what does iTunes backup. Moreover, if you want to selectively backup files on your iPhone, iTunes can’t help either.  To achieve this, you need to seek help from some third-party software, here we recommend you to turn to AnyTrans. It is a professional iOS file manager that allows you to preview and select the files you prefer most to backup to your computer.

Now, let’s download AnyTrans on your Mac/PC computer prior, and then follow the guide below to see how to selectively and automatically backup your iPhone in 1 click.

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Scroll download to go to the category page.

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Data - Step 1

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Data – Step 1

Step 2. Click on the category contains the files you want to backup (here we take Photos for example). Click on Photos > Choose one album.

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Photos - Step 2

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Photos – Step 2

Step 3. Select the photos you prefer > Click on the To Computer button on the upper right corner to backup them now.

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Photos - Step 3

How to Selectively Backup iPhone Photos – Step 3

When the transferring process is finished, you can check the content you send to the computer. This content could regard as a backup because it will have no influence on the existing data on your iPhone.

Part 3. How to Back up iPhone Content Wirelessly with AnyTrans

Besides backup iPhone content selectively, AnyTrans could also backup iPhone content wirelessly. This feature saves users from the USB cable, and once set up, AnyTrans will automatically backup your iPhone with Wi-Fi. Here are the steps of how to backup iPhone data wirelessly with AnyTrans.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable (If it is the first time that you have used Air Backup function) > Click on Air Backup mode and please click “Trust This Computer” option on your device to enable this function.

Click on Air Backup mode on AnyTrans for iOS

Click on Air Backup mode on AnyTrans for iOS

Step 2. Disconnect your iPhone > Connect your device and computer to the same Wi-Fi network. If the Air Backup option cannot be opened, please make sure you enable the “WiFi sync option” in iTunes.

Enable the “WiFi sync option” in iTunes

Enable the “WiFi sync option” in iTunes

Step 3. Once your iOS device and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi, it will back up your device automatically.

Backup iPhone Content via Wi-Fi

Backup iPhone Content via Wi-Fi

Step 4. You can change the time frame as you like: daily, weekly, monthly… by clicking the “Preference” button. After the backup process is completed, you can check the details of your backup in Backup History.  The backups you created are listed with the device name, backup date, iOS version, and more info.

Set Backup Preference and Check Backup History

Set Backup Preference and Check Backup History

AnyTrans also supports incremental backup now, it means it will only back up new data that is not in the existing backups, which will largely help save the backup time and disk space. The backup files made by AnyTrans contain the same data as that of iTunes. And it will not wipe your existing content on your device when you restore the backup with AnyTrans

The Bottom Line

That’s all, after reading this guide you may have a clear idea about what does iTunes backup: settings, messages, camera roll, documents, saved games, etc. And as you can see, AnyTrans is more smart and reliable for you to backup iPhone. Just have a try now.

Vicky Carter

Member of iMobie Inc., is also a more than 3-year user of iPhone, iPad and iMac, like to fix all kinds of iOS and Mac OS problems.