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If you are running out of PC space, the last thing you want clogging up your disk is 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 safe 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 back up 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 where you want to save the backup. Choose “Backup”. back up iPhone without iTunes using Shelbee

  3. From the following screen, click “Full backup”. Choose between full backup or latest changes

  4. Now click on the blue Pencil button to select the destination of the backup. How to change default iTunes backup folder

    A new window opens. Select the external drive and click “OK”. choose the external drive where you want to place your backup

  5. Click “Start”. full iPhone backup to external drive

  6. Stand-by until the backup is complete. CopyTrans Shelbee backs up iPhone settings, contacts, calendars, messages, apps including app documents and photos/videos in the Camera Roll. Learn more. cts-backup

  7. Once the backup is finished, choose “Done”. iPhone backup successful

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

TIP: Did you know that you can bring CopyTrans Shelbee with you and run it on any PC? Simply place the CopyTrans Shelbee program file on the external drive and run the program on the computer where you wish to back up or restore the iPhone. copytrans shelbee portable program

This is how to back up iPhone to external drive.

By krasimir

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.