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10 Apps to Backup Your iOS Device (Besides iCloud)

A few weeks ago I highlighted some non-Google backup applications for Android users and now it’s the iOS users’ turn! iCloud and iTunes are viable ways to backup your iPhone or iPad, but there are some things they miss. Or maybe you’d just rather have an extra, non-Apple way to backup your device. Whatever it is you’re looking for, one of the services in this list will surely suit you!



  • Contacts
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Calendars
  • Instagram
  • Facebook

We talk a lot about iDrive on this site so you’ve probably already seen some of the great things it can do. It’s just as great for backing up your iOS device as anything else! The service uses private key encryption to secure your data and you can even lock the app with a passcode. All your devices can be linked to a single account so you can access your data wherever. Should one of your devices get lost or stolen you can easily unlink them to keep your data secure.


  • Everything

iMazing is a very feature-heavy service. You can use its Cloning Feature to copy data from one device to another. You can backup all of your data to your computer, whether you’ve got a Windows PC or a Mac. The desktop software allows you to manage what gets backed up, the backups that are used to restore your device, and more. The UI for the backup management software is simple and easy to navigate.


  • Photos
  • Videos

Although this service is dedicated only to the backup of photos and videos, it does it extremely well. Shoebox allows you to save your photos and videos to their secure cloud storage so that you don’t take up room in your device. You can also browse through your photos by location, time of day, season, and other filters. You can even see photos from your Mac or PC while on your mobile device.

Easy Backup

  • Contacts

If you’re looking for a streamlined app just for keeping on top of your contacts then Easy Backup is for you. You can send your backups to your email, Dropbox, Google Drive or you can move your contacts to another account.


  • Everything

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad and a bit of money to spare, PkgBackup might be a good backup solution by saving your files to Dropbox. It requires a bit of extra work to restore your device but if you’ve jailbroken your phone then it shouldn’t be a problem.


  • Music
  • Messages (SMS, iMessages, Text messages)
  • Voicemail
  • Contacts
  • Voice Memos

This is another service that comes with its own desktop management software so you can easily control what does and doesn’t get backed up. You can transfer music from your mobile iOS device to any computer and iTunes. There’s even an Auto Transfer feature that lets you copy music from a device to iTunes – very handy if you find yourself with music in a variety of places on your device or computer. Many backup services don’t backup Voice Memos, but iExplorer lets you access those memos right on your desktop computer.


  • Contacts
  • Events
  • Notes
  • Messages

PhoneCopy’s big selling point is that it is always online. Whenever you need your data, you have access to it. This doesn’t work so great for those who turn off their data usage or have restricted data plans, but if you need to be able to access your backups at all times, it’s very handy.

SOS Online Backup

  • Pictures
  • Contacts

This is an interesting service that boasts security like many others. It also lets you stream and access all your music files across up to five devices at a time.


  • Purchased music
  • TV shows
  • Apps
  • Books
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Device Settings
  • Home Screen
  • Messages

With SynciOS, you can easily backup all of your iPhone’s data directly to your Windows PC without running iTunes. Featuring a sleek, minimalistic UI, SynciOS allows you to select what files and information get backed up to your computer. You can even manage your music and make new playlists.

Dr. Fone

  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Call History
  • Calendar
  • WhatsApp History
  • Safari Bookmarks
  • Facebook Messenger
  • More if you have an older device

Dr. Fone is more expensive than the other options on this list at $99.95. However it can restore your lost data if you phone breaks, crashes or any other catastrophe happens. Using this service you select which files to recover and it gets sent to your computer whether its from the device itself, iCloud or iTunes.

About Lindsay Doebler

Lindsay is a freelance writer based in New Zealand with a passion for podcasting, gaming, and social media. Cloud storage has saved her more times than she can count.

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