Catalina iPhone Finder Backup

macOS Catalina has many new features. One of those features is the ability to Backup, Restore and generally examine your iPhone in the Finder Window. I prefer to Backup and Restore my iPhone from iCloud, but there is good reason to do a secondary backup to your Mac using the Finder. Here is how that is done.

Finder Backup

To interact with your iOS Device on your Mac you need to connect it with a USB cable. Once that is done the device will show up in the Finder Sidebar. Just click on it to reveal it’s settings and other information in the Finder Window:

Finder iOS Device

In the General Tap you can see your iPhone Specs along with how much space you have available. This area is where you can Backup or Restore your Device. You can update the iOS software as well. There are a few other settings in the General area, just take a look around.

I wanted to mention a couple of other things. My iPhone 11 is only using about 23 GB of 64 GB Total. Here is the reason for that:

iCloud Photos

I use the iCloud Photos feature which keeps my photos in the cloud, but shows a representation of a photo on the iPhone. I store my photos on my iMac so this saves tons of space on my iPhone.

There are other Tabs you can click on in the main Finder Window for your device, but I wanted to mention the Files Tab:

Files Tab

In the Files Tab you can check on what files you are storing on your iPhone. You can drag files into this area for storage on your iPhone and drag them off as well:

Files Area

I will be using the Finder Window Files upload feature from time to time. This is so handy if you need to take some files with you for whatever reason.


The new Finder Connect Device feature is cool. It pretty much mimics the same features that were in the iTunes App, but that now have been split out to the Catalina Finder. It is pretty easy to use and not a bad idea for a secondary backup of your iOS Devices.