How to Backup iPhone to External Drive [2020 Updated]

Backup iPhone to External Drive.

You may have considered backing up your iPhone to an external hard drive when you run out of computer space and don’t want to pay for upgrading your iCloud storage plan. However, when you back up your iPhone via iTunes, by default, your backup is stored on the computer’s internal drive, and you are not allowed to change the backup location, let alone move it to an external drive. So how can you backup your iPhone to an external drive? Read on this article and find your way out.

Part 1. Backup iPhone to External Drive with Third-Party Software

Saving your iPhone backup to an external drive is a rather complicated task. But things will be much easier if you make use of some third-party software, for example, Jihosoft iPhone Manager. It is a reliable iPhone file manager and transfer tool that can help you easily manage and back up your iOS files without iTunes.

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Here are some salient features of Jihosoft iPhone Manager:

Now you can freely download and install this program on your computer, and start using it to backup your iPhone to an external hard drive.

Part 2. Backup iPhone Directly to External Hard Drive

If you don’t want to use third-party software, you can backup your iPhone to an external drive through iTunes, but it takes a lot of effort. iTunes provides no option to save the backup to an external drive, so you need to resort to a terminal command. Whether you are using a Windows PC or Mac, follow the steps below that match your computer’s operating system.

Option 1: Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive on Mac

If you want to move an existing backup to the external hard drive, you can simply locate it and then drag it there. But you have to repeat this each time a backup is created. So you should tell iTunes/Finder to back up iPhone to the same external location in the future.

1.Copy iPhone Backup to External Drive

2.Enable Full Disk Access for Terminal in macOS Mojave or Above

3.Set iTunes/Finder to Save iPhone Backup to External Drive

Option 2: Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive on Windows

If you are a Windows user, instruct iTunes to back up iPhone to external drive with following steps.

Conclusion

You cannot emphasize backing up your iPhone too much. Now you have an alternative – backing up the iPhone to an external hard drive. The easiest way to finish this task is by using third-party software like Jihosoft iPhone Manager. You can also use iTunes to backup the iPhone to an external drive directly with a terminal/windows command. But this way is a bit tedious. These two methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the one that is most suitable for you is the best one.

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