What, How and Where Does iTunes Backup Store

iTunes Backup

"I backed up my iPhone to my computer in iTunes before going to Apple Store where my iPhone was repaired. When I came back home with a good one, I ran iTunes on PC again and prepared to restore my iPhone. Very strange, I found my media files in iTunes but could not find the pictures and photos. Does iTunes back up photos or pictures? Where does iTunes backup store? How do I change the location where iTunes stores files or extract iTunes backup? I am really confused now." - Joan

This is a question from Apple discussions. iTunes is offered by Apple to help users to back up iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod) data or let you import videos on iTunes for playing. However, do you really know it well? Do you know if it can back up photos or pictures? Do you know how to back up iPhone music to iTunes? Where does iTunes save backup for iPhone/iPad/iPod on Windows or Mac? Do you know the way of restoring your iPhone from iTunes backup? Such questions are really troublesome if you do want to use iTunes app. This post will show you a simple brief about iTunes backup.

What does iTunes back up

iTunes could back up photos and pictures. And it could back up other various data from iOS devices. Below are the details.

Data that iTunes can back up

Photos and Images Camera pictures taken, screenshots, images saved, wallpapers, etc.
Media Files Movies, music, videos (other app/device), ringtones, etc.
Messages & Call Logs iMessage, carrier SMS, voice message, contacts, call history, etc.
Application Data • App settings, preferences, data, documents and install profiles
• App Store purchased application data
• Game Center and Mail account (messages aren't backed up)
• Keychain (all accounts passwords to enter into websites or application, including Wi-Fi passwords)
• Home screen arrangement, Paired Bluetooth devices, etc.
Settings • Network settings (Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN settings, network preference)
• Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings
Memos & Calendar & Bookmark • Notes, voice memos, voicemail token
• Calendar accounts, subscribed calendars, events, etc.
• Safari and map bookmark
Others • Safari history, offline data, browse cache, mail cache/message/attachments, temp files, etc.

Other data that iTunes cannot back up

• Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks

• Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos

• Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library

• Apple Pay information and settings

• Touch ID settings

• Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use encrypted backup in iTunes.)

How to make and check iTunes backup

How to make iTunes backup

There are some ways for you to back up iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes. The common way told by Apple is as simple as you like. Run the latest iTunes on your PC > Connect iPhone to PC with a USB Cable > Find and click your iPhone iPhone in iTunes (the small iPhone icon, next to the ellipsis, below the menu bar) > "Summary" > "Backups" > "This computer". Then click "Back up Now" on the right bottom corner to back up your iPhone data to iTunes. If you have an iPad or iPod, they work in the same way. But this way is time-consuming, and you have to back up all data without selecting single or part data. And for photos, message backup, etc., it fails you to view iTunes backup files. So you can try other ways to sync iPad to iTunes selectively.

In this way, you can also find an option to checkmark "Encrypt iPhone backup" and create your iTunes encrypted password for your important files. When you recover iTunes backup, you also need this password. Forgot iTunes password? Fix it now.

How to check if iTunes back up iPhone iPad iPod successfully

After you make iTunes backup, how do you know if you have succeeded in backing up data? The answer is you can check the iTunes backup. Click the menu button (Other) on the left top corner, and tab "Preference" > "Device". You will find all the backups with the names of the devices and backup dates. If you are not sure whether your detailed information, like contacts, photos, messages, etc., have been backed up successfully or not, you can refer to check contacts are stored in iTunes.

Where is iTunes backup storage location

By now, you have known that iTunes can back up data, and you can also check if you have made the iTunes backup. But do you know where iTunes backup file storage location is on your Windows XP/7/8/10 or MacBook Pro/Air? Can you change the location where iTunes stores backup manually?

iTunes backup is located in your Mac or computer as the following details:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator (username)\Application
Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple
Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Mac OS X: \Library\Application Support\MobileSync\Backup\

iTunes could back up your iOS data, but you are not allowed to view any other of its backups except for media files. You can transfer iTunes Library to an external drive/flash drive for listening in future. Also you can rebuild iTunes Library to change your iTunes playlist manually. But you must be more careful to do that.

By the way, if you want to transfer iTunes backup or recover deleted iTunes files, you may need FoneLab, a reputable iTunes backup extractor program to help you.

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November 04, 2016 08:44 / Posted by to iTunes, iOS, Data
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