Does iTunes WiFi Sync back up phone data??

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by dk831, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. dk831 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    I'm beginning to think that iTunes WiFi Sync doesn't back up the data your phone (settings, app data, camera roll, contacts). It only syncs your music, videos, podcasts, books, etc. from iTunes.

    Anyone else using iTunes WiFi Sync notice that where it says "Last Backup" on the Summary tab is actually the time and date of the last time you plugged in your phone?

    I was hoping that iTunes WiFi Sync was the 100% equivalent of plugging your phone into the computer via USB but I'm not so sure anymore.

    Here's what I think so far:

    - iTunes Sync via USB will do a contents sync and phone data backup.
    - iTunes WiFi Sync will only do a contents sync.
    - iCloud Backup will only do a phone data backup.
  2. DefBref macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Apparently if you've set up icloud backup, wifi sync no longer stores the app data but just syncs instead.

    EDIT: Confirmed, I switched icloud backup off and then started a manual wifi sync and a backup was performed followed by a sync.
  3. bTaryag macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2009
  4. Pagemakers macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
    I'm wondering the same. When I sync via wifi I don't see a backup is made to iTunes. I do when I sync with a cable.

    Before you ask.... I don't back to icloud.

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