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If you live in a home with multiple iPhones and iPads, you’ve probably run into this problem. Somebody connects their iPhone to the family computer and accidentally ends up with all your contacts and other private content, or with no content at all. Don’t let this happen to you.

This article shows how to separately back up multiple iOS devices to a single computer while keeping what’s private yours.

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Unlike iTunes, the free CopyTrans Shelbee lets you back up to the location of your choice which means that you can save each iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch backup to a separate folder. multiple ios backup folders on a single pc

The ability to back up wherever you want also helps you to avoid clogging up the PC disk with content from multiple-device backups by backing up to an external drive instead. Here’s how it works:

  1. Get CopyTrans Shelbee by clicking on the button below Click here to download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Start the program and connect all the iOS devices you wish to back up. CopyTrans Shelbee supports all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models. Once the devices are recognized, they appear listed in the drop-down menu on the top left of the program window. Select the first iPhone to back up select iphone to backup from device list in copytrans shelbee

  3. Click “Backup” backup button in main shelbee window

  4. Click “Full backup” copytrans shelbee button full backup in main window

  5. Now it’s time to select the backup location. To do so, click on the Blue pencil symbol select backup location by clicking on change button

    TIP: Select an external drive for the backup if you want to keep your PC disk space free. Multiple iPhone backups take up space.

  6. Select “Start” to begin the backup start button to begin iphone backup in shelbee

  7. The backup is in progress. CopyTrans Shelbee backups include Phone messages, contacts, settings, apps and app documents, camera roll and calendars. If you decide to encrypt the backup, your Keychain, including passwords for email accounts, Wi-Fi and websites will also get backed up. Learn more copytrans shelbee backs up iphone data

  8. Once the backup of the first iPhone completes, click “Done” backup successful with copytrans shelbee

  9. Now select another iPhone or iPad from the drop-down menu on the top left and repeat steps 1. to 8. to back up that device too. select second iphone to back up with shelbee

CopyTrans Shelbee keeps each device backup in a separate folder at the destination of your choice. In our case, we backed up an iPhone 5, two iPod Touch and one iPad mini to the same computer. multiple iphone backups completed in separate pc folders

This is how to back up multiple iPhones to a single PC while keeping your content separate and private.

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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.