How to Save iPhone Settings on iTunes

By Daniel Hatter

Updated September 19, 2017

Back up your iPhone to safeguard its files and settings.
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To prevent losing your iPhone’s customized settings in the event of an accidental change or system malfunction, use iTunes to save its settings. With iTunes, you can create full system backups of any iOS device, including your iPhone. Once a backup is made you can then use it to your restore settings and files to your iPhone at any time. All you need to save your iPhone settings with iTunes is your iPhone USB cable.

Back Up iPhone Settings

Insert the Lightning or 30-pin adapter on the end of your iPhone USB cable into your iPhone. Plug the USB end of the cable into a free USB port on your computer and open iTunes. ITunes will recognize your iPhone automatically.

Open the "File" menu in iTunes and select the "Devices" item. Click "Back Up" when the menu expands. Follow the prompts to complete your iPhone backup.

Click the "Edit" menu once the backup process is complete and click "Preferences." Open the "Devices" tab; the newly created backup, along with the date and your iPhone's name, will be shown here.

Restore iPhone Settings

Connect your iPhone to your computer via its USB cable and open iTunes.

Open the "File" menu and click "Restore from Back Up" inside the "Devices" sub-menu.

Select the backup file you'd like to restore to your iPhone and follow the prompts to complete the restoration.


You can also back up your iPhone settings without iTunes using Apple iCloud. Visit Apple’s Back Up and Restore Your Content Web page (see link in References) for additional information.


Information in this article applies to iTunes 11.1.2. It may vary slightly or significantly in other versions.