Alexandra Malureanu
Published by Alexandra Malureanu,

“It's been 36 and a half hours and my backup just hit 78% completion.” - are you willing to sacrifice speed and your time here? Is your backup/restore process taking so long that you sometimes just cancel it? For sure it's frustrating and VERY irritating. So here are a few tips that might help you out in speeding up your backup, sync or restore process up in iTunes.

iTunes backup process

Delete old unused apps and app data

Less data to transfer at each backup/restore process will clearly speed the process up.

Remove unused media from iPhone, iPad or iPod

If you think that old apps are the only thing that might be considered to speed up your process, think again. Removing unused media such as Videos, Music, Recordings or Voicemails, often very large files can help as well. So get rid of those albums you don't listen any more or change the music settings before you back up. Other media, especially old videos can be saved on your computer either in old backups or copied direct off via usb free up space and you time.

Move your photos take on you iPhone to your computer

From time to time it's good to archive those pictures from your iPhone to your PC or Mac, then after moving old photo just delete them from your phone. Please make sure you check that they were successfully transferred to your PC before deleting them though. Your pics should now be safe and secure with your backup process will greatly improved.

Create regular iTunes backups

If you are about to clear down your files to speed up your backup iPhone process, make sure you create a backup first and store in a safe place outside the default iTunes folder. However long it take it will spear you blushes later and keep you from deleting files accidentally. Keeping regular backups means you can remove data and file to optimise the speed of iTunes, but alway make sure the backup store you data first.

Avoid sending crash reports to Apple every iTunes sync

The crash reports that iTunes sends to Apple will increase your process time as iTunes needs to create a log? Simply select not to send these when iTunes asks and this will save your time.

To disable iTunes from sending crash reports:

  • Turn off automatic syncing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod
  • Right-click on your iDevice in iTunes, and click “Reset Warnings”. The next time you sync, your system will ask if you want to send the reports
  • Un-check the “Do not ask me again” option provided, hit "Don't Send"

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Have you had speeding problems when doing a backup process of your iPhone? Have you tried already the above tips? Do you have any other tips that worked for you?

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