I guess that most of you ever encountered such a nightmare: losing your important files either due to broken hardware or system error. However, people always store their favorite photos, music, video on their computers without hardcopy. To protect your precious files that record your life, the most convenient and useful way is to back up these files on other devices.
However, many people don’t know how to do the backup or take backup iTunes files a quite troublesome thing. In this article, I will show you two useful methods to backup your iTunes library in detail. You can choose either method according to your condition. Since both of the two methods need to use the professional third party tool – iMusic, please install the program on your computer and launch it at the very beginning.
Method 1: Backup iTunes Library in Apple Device/External Drive
Step 1. To start with, you need to locate the serial number of your device through your MacBook. This step is to ensure that the proper device is being used on your computer. Don’t be worried! I am sure that it is quite easy to locate the serial number by following the steps here.
Firstly, please connect your Apple device or external drive to your computer and then just open your iTunes. Then please tap on “View” and then click “Show Sidebar”. Turn to the left sidebar in the interface, please tap on your device here. Then just turn to “Music” on the top side of the window and choose the playlists you need. The program will then start to sync files for you automatically. Please wait for a few seconds here.
Step 2. After the sync, please now quite your iTunes and then launch the iMusic program on your computer. The program can easily recognize your external drive and show it in the starting window of the program. You can then see the item “Playlist” in the window.
Step 3. In this step, you can transfer “Playlist” that you just synced with your iOS system. Here, just choose the playlists that you want to transfer, and then choose the triangle under “Export to”. Then please click the “Export to My Computer” to save playlists to the external device.
Method 2: Backup and Restore iTunes Library, Save iTunes Library to Another Computer
You are able to easily backup your iTunes library with the use of our program iMusic as well as restore your library from iTunes.
iTunes may be one of the most popular choices for backing up your Apple device’s data, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a program that is completely reliable. Just like other programs, iTunes can have its problems. With that in mind, it’s important that once in a while, you take some time out of your day to back up your iTunes library so that in the event something does go wrong with your installed version of iTunes, you have all of your data ready to be thrown straight back into place.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at how you are able to backup and restore iTunes library with almost no effort at all.
1. Backup iTunes Library to your computer
Remember to backup not only your Apple device, but your iTunes library too! It’s just as important and if something happens to your device that causes you to lose all of your data at the same time iTunes runs into problems, you’re in trouble!
Step #1 – Start by downloading the iMusic program and installing it accordingly. Once you’ve done that, launch the program.
Step #2 – After the program has loaded up, select the “Toolbox” option on the top panel.
Step #3 – You will be prompted with 7 different options to choose from. Select the “Backup/Restore iTunes” option.
Step #4 – You will then be asked if you would like to “Backup” or “Restore”. Select “Backup”.
Step #5 – After choosing to backup, you will be shown the different types of data that are stored in the iTunes library along with their file sizes. Take a few minutes to decide what data that is stored in your iTunes library you would like to backup.
Step #6 – Once you’ve chosen the data you’d like to backup; you must also choose where you’d like all of the data to be backed up to. Choose a reasonable location to back up your data as you must be able to access it in the future.
Step #7 – Now all you must do is click on the “Backup” button. Depending on how much data from your iTunes library that you’ve chosen to back up, this could take a few minutes so be patient.
That’s all there is to it! As you can see, with the use of iMusic this process does not take long at all and regardless of how much knowledge you have regarding technology, you’ll be able to do this. Now that we have covered how to backup iTunes library, let’s move on to how you are able to restore the iTunes library.
2. Restore iTunes Library
It’s one thing to know how to back up your iTunes library, but it’s another to know how to restore your iTunes library in the unfortunate case of something going wrong.
Step #1 – If you have previously backed up your iTunes library using iMusic, you should already have the program downloaded and installed accordingly.
Step #2 – Launch the iMusic program. Once the program has successfully loaded up, click on the “Toolbox” option located on the top panel.
Step #3 – From here you will be presented with 7 different options. In this case, select the “Backup/Restore iTunes” option.
Step #4 – You will then be asked if you would like to “Backup” or “Restore”. Select “Restore”.
Step #5 – After clicking the “Restore” option, you will be shown all of the backups you have taken of your iTunes library using iMusic. Select the backup that you would like to restore data from.
Step #6 – Once you’ve selected the backup that you’d like to restore data from, you are also given the opportunity to decide which data you’d like to restore just in case you don’t want to restore all of it.
Step #7 – Once you have chosen a backup and chosen whether you’d like to selectively restore data or restore the entire backup, you are ready to click on the “Restore” button.
Note: There is an option to “Delete current iTunes library before restoring from backup.”. If you would like to do so, it can often make the process go smoother, however it is not entirely necessary.
Step #8 – After clicking restore, you will be prompted with a warning message, simply click on the “Restore” button once more.
Depending on how big the backup that you are restoring is, the restoration process may take a few minutes. Once the restoration process has completed, your iTunes library is ready to go.
It’s a great feeling to know that if something happens to your mobile phone’s data that you’re able to easily get it back and it would seem as if nothing happened to it in the first place. However, if something happens to your iTunes library and you aren’t able to restore your data, that feeling of assurance is gone. Avoid that by not only backing up your Apple device but backup and restore iTunes library by iMusic too.