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iPhone Backup

aucklandnz asked
Hi All,
I have iphone with over 5 Gb music and around 2gb photos on it.
 i run backup but the folder containing backup is only 160mb. is it itunes compression or something wrong ?

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iTunes didn't backup your music.  It backed up your apps and contacts and stuff..  But no media format (ex: Music and Videos).

Btw, there's a good article from Gizmodo on how to backup any smartphone. There's a iPhone section there.


Hope that helps.
here is a list of what is backup by itunes.


iTunes will back up the following information:

With iPhone OS 1.1 and later

Safari bookmarks, cookies, history, and currently open pages
Map bookmarks, recent searches, and the current location displayed in Maps
Application settings, preferences, and data
Address Book and Address Book favorites
Calendar accounts
Call history
Mail accounts
YouTube bookmarks
SMS messages
Saved suggestion corrections (these are saved automatically as you reject suggested corrections)
Camera roll (photos and screen shots taken by the iPhone)
Voicemail token (this is not the Voicemail password, but is used for validation when connecting. This is only restored to a phone with the same phone number on the SIM card.)
Web clips
Network settings (saved wifi spots, VPN settings, network preferences)
Paired Bluetooth devices (which can only be used if restored to the same phone that did the backup)
Keychain (this includes email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some other applications. The keychain can only be restored from backup to the same iPhone or iPod touch. If you are restoring to a new device, you will need to fill in these passwords again.)
With iPhone 2.0 and later

Managed Configurations/Profiles
List of External Sync Sources (Mobile Me, Exchange ActiveSync)
Microsoft Exchange account configurations
Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings
App Store Application data (except the Application itself, its tmp and Caches folder).
With iPhone 3.0 and later

Videos in camera roll
Per app preferences allowing use of location services
Offline web application cache/database
Voice memos
Autofill for web pages
Trusted hosts that have certificates that cannot be verified
Web sites approved to get the location of the device
In-app purchases
New with iPhone 3.1

Videos in the camera roll that are 2 GB or larger are not backed up.
In the iTunes Summary screen, select "Encrypt iPhone backup" if you want to encrypt the information stored on your computer when iTunes makes a backup. Encrypted backups are indicated by a padlock icon (as visible below in the Deleting a Backup section), and a password is required to restore the information to iPhone. You may want to write down the password for your backup and store it in a safe place. If you use a Mac, when you set a password you can select to store the password in the keychain.

Warning: If you encrypt an iPhone backup in iTunes and then forget your password, you will not be able to restore from backup and your data will be unrecoverable. If you forget the password you can continue to do backups and use the device, however you will not be able to restore the encrypted backup to any device without the password. You do not need to enter the password for your backup each time you back up or sync.

If you cannot remember the password and want to start again, you will have to do a full software restore and when prompted by iTunes to select the backup to restore from, choose "Set up as a new device."

Hi aucklandnz,

The Iphone usually contains content that was put there by Itunes. Therefore Itunes misses out anything it knows about from the backup.

Your music/podcasts/videos should already be in Intunes so will not be on the backup., details of which playlists etc are on the iphone is backed up though.

You need to specific how to handle the pictures you store on the iphone. there is a 'photo' tab on the iphone throgh itunes. This lets you specif if the photos are syncronised or not. Plus you can browse to te phone directly via my computer to access any images taken with the camera.

Basically, the 'backup' of the phone is mostly settings etc. not data.