Not Enough Space iPhone Backup to iTunes

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gareo1mac, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. gareo1mac macrumors newbie


    Jan 5, 2017
    I need to get a new iPhone, and I need to do a full iTunes backup to my computer (of my current iPhone) in order to restore everything correctly on my new phone (right?).
    But my laptop does not have enough storage space.
    How can I get around this issue and do a full backup to an external hard drive?
    Does a cloud backup serve the exact same purpose?
  2. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    Icloud backup, although if you are backing up your photos on icloud, chances are you will go through the 5gb storage rather quickly, if you do that I would suggest paying the $1 a month. Of course you can get past this buy either copying/pasting your pics off your phone or using an external cloud (like Amazon or google)

    Buy yes, I cloud restore does the same as Itunes restore.
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you have a spare drive why not move some stuff off of your laptop to make room.

    I would never depend on the cloud for my encrypted backup to restore a new phone. I use the cloud and have it backup every night but still would rather have an encrypted iTunes backup to restore with.
  4. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    USB drive can help, either put some stuff on it or put phone backup on it. As a temporary solution.

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