Backing up to iTunes, which data is not covered

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Arak, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Arak macrumors newbie

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    Hello together,
    It is about iOS last official release on iPhone 6s and iTunes the latest version released by Apple.
    iTunes is going to be used merely to backup all bits and Bytes on iPhone, it means data synchronization with Desktop device apps (this desktop device will be used to make backups, iTunes of course) is not planned. Also iCloud is not used as not interesting.
    The question is of all data (all bits and Bytes) in iPhone 6s flash memory which is not included in backups made using iTunes? The goal is to have solution which enables complete iPhone recovery within few mouse clicks.
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Backups do not include:
    • Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)
    • Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos
    • Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library
    • Touch ID settings
    • Apple Pay information and settings
    • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)
    From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204136
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Also, some games don't let their downloaded comtents be backed up through iTunes. One example is デレステ。
    GoodReader don't backup downloaded files.

    There are more such examples, based on individual app. Things listed above are are only applicable for stock iOS and stock Apps.
     
  4. Loge macrumors 68030

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    Just to be clear, GoodReader backup only excludes items in the Downloads folder, all other folders are backed up.
     
  5. Rok73, Feb 15, 2017
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    Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    This is wrong. All of it is included in an iCloud backup. I don't have any local backups and just restored my iPhone 6 from iCloud last week and I've got an Apple Watch.

    Everything was like I've never had restored it after I've done it.
     
  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    The question was specifically about iTunes backups. All iCloud backups are encrypted, there is no box to check.
     
  7. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    I've already corrected that in my original post.

    You're right, though. I've obviously skipped the term "iTunes" in the thread title. Apologies.
     
  8. Arak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all informations from you. In the meantime myself accomplished few usage tests with iTunes on Windows. The iTunes solution definitely does not enable backing up of every bit and Byte of iPhone data. As tiny example the iBook collections and Photos Albums are not being reproduced on iTunes side. It is also not possible to backup iPhone contacts to PC and store them there locally.
    It is unclear what happens with data synch to iTunes after user make the PC deauthorization.
    So in case of iPhone data crash user has lot work to recover previous state - recovery in few mouse clicks is not possible.
    I doubt iCloud meets these requirements.
     
  9. Arak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What does Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos exactly mean?
    Addressed also items stored initially merely on iphone, then synced to desktop iTunes?

    How to backup data produced by using 3rd party apps?

    or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks other apps (including 3rd party apps) data imported iBook using import to iBook activity also addressed here?
     

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