Replacement iPhone5 - Backup help

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by logan-c, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. logan-c macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    I'm on the other coast than where I live and my iPhone5 is needing replacement. Dropping calls, but otherwise works fine. Apple has offered to replace my phone at the Apple store. This would be convenient for me as the Apple store near my hope is a long way away. The problem is how to backup the phone on to a laptop that never has had iTunes installed on it. I installed iTunes and performed a "Backup", but I how do I transfer music, movies, books, photos, and whatever else is not included in the backup?

    I'm a little nervous just giving up the device as I have photos and such from the holidays that have not been backed up to my iTunes account back at my home.

    Do I need a third party application to perform this?
  2. DefBref macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Backup to iCloud instead. You will then be able to restore using the free wifi in the apple store.

    Edit: in fact you can just goto the apple store and explain to them and they will show you how to backup to iCloud replace your device and then restore from icloud. All using their provided wifi
  3. logan-c thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    I think this would work, but the free account limits you to 5GB... and I'd need closer to 30GB. Or can I do some kind of compressed back up to iCloud?
  4. DefBref macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Any itunes or app purchases don't count against your 5gb allowance, they are already on apples servers so they don't bother making a copy.

    What is taking up the majority of space, photos, videos? Are the photos in your photostream, they will be available to you again.

    If its the photos you are really worried about you can manually copy them off on to any pc/mac. Just make sure you cancel any sync if itunes is installed on the machine.

Share This Page