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Okay so I'm having major issues installing/running iTunes through Wine, but I'm in major need to create (and be able to restore from) a full, complete backup for my iPhone since I'm doing a ton of tweaking to it. I don't really know what I'm doing, so there's a 110% chance I'm gonna screw it up, but hey, no one ever learned anything about technology without crashing it a good 100 times right? =P

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It's more recommend to create a VM and install iTunes on it, so that you can perform a full/complete backup.

To create a VM, there is a official doc via wiki:

Another discussion: How to install Windows 7 inside Virtualbox of Ubuntu?

Hope this can help you.

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I dont have a copy of windows, or any other non-linux-based os with me, and I can't download it either since I'm using mobile broadband data. Is there anything else I could do? I got iTunes 10 runnung under PlayOnLinux, but it doesnt find or even react to any iDevice being plugged in. – Evey Aug 4 '12 at 18:32

It does appear that there is a backup utility for idevices although I admit I haven't tested it out yet. I found this though:

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – MadMike Jan 22 '14 at 9:18
Hi! I had no luck using this. it may be still on development or beta testing, as user or su I had System Errors... – Sitmex Mar 13 '15 at 6:06

FonePaw iOS Transfer is an excellent iTunes alternative which can backup music, videos, playlists, photos, movies, TV shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Voice memos, Audiobooks and more to PC with one click. You can use it to backup iPhone without iTunes.

• Click "To Folder" to backup iPhone to computer within seconds.

• Transfer music from iPhone to PC or iTunes;

• Copy all photos from iPhone to PC;

• Export contacts, SMS, videos, books to PC to backup.

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