How to transfer a local iPhone backup to an external or network drive

Over the past year, the relevance of creating a local backup of the iPhone has increased dramatically. A full smartphone backup in the cloud not only requires a paid iCloud subscription, but may also be unavailable due to software failures or restrictions.

We recommend periodically creating a local copy of all data, and so that it does not take up much space on the computer’s disk, we suggest transferring the backup to an external or network drive.

How to transfer an iPhone backup to an external or network drive

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a cable and give iOS permission to sync data.

2. On a Mac, open Finder (in macOS Catalina and newer) or iTunes (in earlier versions of the operating system).

3. Find your connected iPhone in the sidebar.

four. Activate the option Back up all iPhone data to this Mac. So all the data from the smartphone will be placed in the backup on the computer.

five. Turn on the chip Encrypt local copy. If you activated the toggle switch before, make sure you remember the password.

Otherwise, you need to disable the chip, then enable it again and save the new password in A bunch of keys.

6. Click Create a backup nowto make a full iPhone backup on your computer.

This will require sufficient free disk space. The size of the copy will be approximately equal to the occupied space on the smartphone’s drive.

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It is better to make the first backup on the built-in Mac disk, so saving data will be the fastest. If there is not enough free disk space, go directly to the next step.

7. Connect an external copy storage drive or network storage to your Mac.

If you created a copy of the data on the built-in Mac drive, manually transfer it to an external or network drive to the desired folder.

To find where the copy is stored, in Finder press the button Manage backups… and open the backup context menu. There you can open the folder with the copy in Explorer.

8. You can change the backup storage location via Terminalor using third party software.

The first method is not so reliable, because in different versions of macOS, the Cupertians change the path to the desired folder. If you want to do everything by hand, here is our detailed instruction.

There is also an easier way, for example, the utility iPhone Backup Extractor. The application is paid, but a 30-day trial period is enough for us.

nine. Install and run the application iPhone Backup Extractor (there is a version for macOS and Windows).

Before the first launch, issue the necessary permission for the program to work along the path System Preferences – Privacy & Security – Disk Access.

10. In the app settings tab backups press the button change and specify the desired folder for storing backups.

If there is any data stored in the old copy folder, it will need to be deleted.

eleven. Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Now you can create an updated copy of your connected iPhone data. If before that you transferred the old backup from the built-in disk to an external one (instruction point No. 6), then updating the copy will take about a minute. If you create a new copy, you will have to wait a bit.

You can reset the copy storage location to the standard one in the same settings section iPhone Backup Extractor. The application itself, after the changes made, is not necessary to keep on the computer.

The main thing – do not forget to connect a network or external drive before creating the next copies. Otherwise, backups will start to be created on the Mac’s built-in drive.

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