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So I bought a new iPhone 5 64GB and I enabled iCloud backup. For a while now it has not been able to backup my iPhone, since the 5GB of iCloud storage quickly ran out. I didn't feel like upgrading my storage plan, since there's anyway no storage plan that is able to backup 64GB. So I decided to store the backups on my computer.

I connect my iPhone to my Mac and iTunes 11 opens up. Nothing is where it used to be and when I finally find my iPhone in the top right corner I'm presented with two options:

  • Set up as new iPhone
  • Restore from the backup of ...

(My itunes is in Swedish, so this is what I think it would say in English.)

So whatever I choose I lose all my data, which is really stupid, since the point of doing backups is to not lose data.

Is there any way to backup my iPhone without first deleting all data?

Note: This question seems similar, but it's for iTunes 10: How to set up new iPhone without deleting its data?

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Most (if not all) of the answers in the linked question are still valid for iTunes 11. – patrix Feb 10 '13 at 18:47

Don't worry, you don't loose all your data. You can choose "Set up as new iPhone".

Nothing gets synced or deleted after clicking this option.

After that, you can backup your iPhone.

Choose "encrypted backup" to also backup your settings and passwords.

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I'd like a reliable source, because I've read that it does. – Erik B Feb 10 '13 at 19:00
If you checked "automatically sync with itunes", yes, your data is maybe gone. But since it's a new iPhone and you never checked anything, it just activated the iPhone to this Computer and you are ready to go. Source: I've did it, and everything went fine. – gruberb Feb 10 '13 at 19:11
  1. Connect your iPhone and run iTunes on your Mac
  2. Right-click on the iPhone icon which appeared on the left side and click "Backup"
  3. iTunes will now back up your iPhone settings, messages, emails, camera roll photos, etc
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I will try this when I come home, but I'm pretty sure Apple didn't make it this easy. Well I guess we'll find out. – Erik B Jul 11 '13 at 16:02

The backup doesn't include media since all your media files should be either in iTunes or iCloud. Backups for my 64GB iPad and 32GB iPhone only take about 3GB of backup space each and that's only because TomTom app had off-line maps that take over a GB. It does include photos and video so that could be an issue.

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This doesn't really answer the question, though. – Emil Feb 10 '13 at 20:39

If there is backup files in your iTunes, you cannot sync again to backup it, it will delete backup with your new iPhone data. So you need to restart a new account in iTunes and sync back the data to iTunes to backup iPhone.

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Can you please elaborate what you mean with "new account in iTunes" and explain the procedure a bit more in detail? Right now it's a bit hard to follow. – patrix Sep 25 '13 at 5:47

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