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If you are running out of PC space, the last thing you want is to completely run out of space on C drive because of the iOS backup of your iPhone or iPad. The easy solution is to save the backup to an external drive such as a USB stick or a portable hard disk.

This way iPhone backup is saved in case of a PC crash. You can also bring the backup with you wherever you go and restore it from any computer. Here’s how to back up iPhone to any external drive with the free CopyTrans Shelbee.

YouTube tutorial: how to back up and restore iPhone without iTunes?

This video shows how to make a full-featured iPhone backup and restore on PC without iTunes:

Read the below guide to backup your iPhone to external drive:

  1. First, get CopyTrans Shelbee on your PC. Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Launch the program, connect the iPhone and the external USB drive to which you want to save the backup. Choose “Backup”. Choose Backup in the main menu

  3. From the following screen, click “Full backup”. Choose Backup in the main menu

  4. Now click on the Pencil button to select the destination of the backup. Click on the blue pencil to choose the destination

    A new window will appear. Select the external drive and click “OK”. Navigate to the external drive

  5. Confirm the destination and click “Start”.Confirm the destination

  6. Stand-by until the backup is complete. CopyTrans Shelbee backs up contacts, calendars, messages, app documents, photos/videos in the Camera Roll, and more. Wait until the restore is finished

  7. And voila, you are all set!

    Making regular backups of your device is a good habit. CopyTrans Shelbee can remind you when it’s time to make a backup. Don’t hesitate to enable notifications.
    Backup is successful!

    The iPhone backup is saved to the external drive of your choice. Check the backup  on the external hard drive

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.