Backing up iPhone to a computer without syncing


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Nov 13, 2008
OK.. I don't know if this subject exists currently, if it does my apologies.. My father has an old iPhone, 4 or 4s don't remember which.. I think 4s. He doesn't update much, or at all really, doesn't have a steady computer, or one that he works on all the time; basically he's all over the place. what I'm trying to do is set him up so that he backs up to the cloud, but to do that I have to update his phone.. Is it possible to just backup the iPhone, not sync, to a computer, lets say the one in his office, this way after upgrading to the latest os version, if necessary I can restore whatever contents are on his phone currently? Thanks in advance for listening.
Dec 15, 2008
Pensacola, FL
Yes, you can backup and sync without updating his phone, however if iTunes or iCloud does not already have the applications and or music in it, then you will need to use a third party application to basically pull that information off the iPhone and onto your computer, then drag it to iTunes.

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