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Find, Change or Delete iPhone Backup Location on Windows/Mac

Find, Change or Delete iPhone Backup Location on Windows/Mac

Don’t know where are iTunes backups stored? In this post, you will learn how to find iPhone backups, change the backups location or delete the files selectively, and restore some deleted items i

For people, we are used to backup our iPhone data with iTunes or iCloud, but we don't know where are these iPhone backups on our Windows or Mac. So, when we want to view and delete some useless data, we may mistakenly delete some important data. In this case, how can you restore them from your devices?

In fact, every time we plug our devices to the computer via iTunes or iCloud, there must be a lot of data stored in the computer, but we can't view and find out them correctly, we know that iTunes can back up most data on your iDevices, and store them in a specific folder on your desktop computer.

In this post, you will learn how to find iPhone backup locations on your computer easily, and you can delete them without any mistakes.

Solution 1. Find iTunes Backup Location on Windows and Mac

Solution 2. Change iPhone Backup Location

Solution 3. Delete Backups of iPhone

Solution 4. View iTunes Backup and Restore Deleted items

Solution 1. Find iTunes Backup Location on Windows and Mac

Firstly, you should know where are iTunes backups stored, here are two reviews for Windows and Mac.

Find Backups on Windows 10/8/7

Folder: Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

Step: You can use "Search Bar" on your PC to search "%appdata%", and then go to Apple Computer > Mobile Sync > Backup, to find all backups files on your Windows computer.

Find Backups on Mac OS (X) and MacOS Sierra

Location: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Step: To access backup files, you can go to Finder menu bar > Go > Go to Folder…, > Type into the location > Click "Go".

Otherwise, you can find on iTunes menu bar > iTunes > Preferences... > Devices, control-click one backup and go to show it in finder.

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Solution 2. Change iPhone Backup Location

For Windows 8/7/Vista:

Step 1. Close iTunes.

Step 2. Navigate to the folder where your iPhone backups are. Copy all backup files and paste them to any folder you want to save iPhone backups. For Example, You can save iPhone backups on Disk E:iPhone Backup.

Step 3. Go to the lower left corner and click Start. In the search box, enter cmd.exe. The cmd.exe program shows up. Right click it and choose Run as administrator.

Step 4. In the pop-up command prompt, enter a commander: mklink /J "C:Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "D: empBackup".

Step 5. Then, try backing up your iPhone with iTunes and check whether the backup file will be saved in your wanted folder.

For Windows XP:

Step 1. Make sure iTunes is not running.

Step 2. Download and extract the junction utility on the computer.

Step 3. Unzip Junction.exe to your username folder, which is usually found in C: Documents and Settings.

Step 4. Go to the iTunes backup location folder and move backup files to another folder, like G:iTunes backup.

Step 5. Click Windows + R. When the dialog comes out, type cmd.exe and click OK.

Step 6. In the command prompt, create an NTFS junction point, for example.
cd Desktop junction "C:Documents and Settings(username)Application DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "G:iTunes Backup"

Step 7. Now, backup an iPhone backup with iTunes and check whether the backup file will be saved in the new folder directory.

For Mac OS X:

Step 1. Close iTunes.

Step 2. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. Copy all backup files to your desired drive, like External.

Step 3. Launch Terminal (located at Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and open a command prompt. Create a symbolic link by using a command similar to the one below, ln -s /Volumes/External/Backup/ ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

Step 4. Use iTunes to backup your iPhone. Then, go to the new backup folder to see whether the backup file is there or not.

Solution 3. Delete Backups of iPhone

Part1. Delete iTunes Backup File

Step 1. Find in the filesystem: username/library/Application Support/Mobilesync/Backups, and right click on the backup that you want to delete and click Move to Trash. (If you empty your trash, the backup will be gone forever.)

Step 2. Open iTunes Preferences:

Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences
Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences

After you delete all your available information all of your information will be lost!

Part2. Delete iCloud Backup File

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and click on the iCloud option.

Step 2. Tap the Storage & Backup option.

Step 3. Tap on Manage Storage and then select a backup

Step 4. Tap on Delete Backup and you an iCloud backup should erase itself.

Solution 4. View iTunes Backup and Restore Deleted items

To solve the problem that you deleted some important items on your devices, here I would like to show you an essential way to restore deleted items via iPhone Data Recovery. iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful data recovery tool which allows you to view your previous or deleted iTunes backup files easily, and one-click to restore your deleted items.

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View iTunes backup and selectively restore your lost items in one click!

Supported Devices: iPhone7/7 Plus/SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
iPod touch, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod mini, iPod Classic
Compatible Version: Windows 10 or Mac 10.11

Step 1. Run the program, connect your iPhone to the computer, then select "Recover from iTunes backup File". And it will detect your iTunes backup files and list them in the below window.

Step 2. Choose one iTunes backup file you want to restore, and click "Start Scan" to extract your iTunes backup.

Step 3. When the scanning process is completed, iPhone Data Recovery will list all your data on the interface. Now view your iTunes backup easily.

Step 4. Click on "Recover to Computer" to restore or export iTunes backup without losing data.

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With this powerful software, you can easily retrieve your data without hesitating, just free download the trial version to have a try! However, before that, you may refer the first three tips to backup, change or delete your backups.

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