Backup iPhone
1.1 How to backup iPhone
1.2 How to backup iPhone to iCloud
1.3 How to backup iPhone to iTunes
1.4 How to backup iPhone to computer
1.5 How to backup iPhone to Mac
1.6 Backup iPhone to external hard drive
1.7 iPhone backup extractor
1.8 iPhone backup location
1.9 iPhone backup password
1.10 iPhone won't backup

How to Find and Change iPhone Backup Location

iOS users often back up their iPhone/iPad/iPod to iCloud or computer through iTunes. You can easily find your data on iCloud. However, you may have no clear idea that where are iPhone backup stored by iTunes. iTunes always keeps the iOS backup on the main system drive. With the increasing backup files overrun the main system drive, you might want to change iPhone backup location. In this article, we'd like to show you where to find iTunes/iCloud backup location and how to manage and change iPhone backup to another folder on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS X/11.

iPhone Backup Location

iPhone Backup Location

Part 1. Where are iPhone backup stored by iTunes/iCloud

iTunes backup files will kept locally on your Windows and Mac once you back up your iPhone/iPad/iPod via iTunes. iTunes will save all backups on a folder named "Backup". If you don't know how to find iTunes backup location, then the following table can help you.

Where are iTunes backup stored on Windows and Mac

Operating System iTunes Backup Location
Windows 10 C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
Windows 8 Users(username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup
Windows 7 Users(username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSyncBackup
Windows Vista Users(username)AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup
Windows XP Documents and Settings(username)/Application Data/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup
Mac OS Home folder/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Where are iCloud backup files on iOS/Windows and Mac

◆ You can directly manage iCloud backups on your iPhone. Unlock iPhone and choose "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Storage & Backup" or "Storage" > "Manage Storage".

◆ For Mac users, go to "Apple" menu > "System Preferences", click "iCloud", and then click "Manage".

◆ For Windows users:

• Windows 8.1: Go to "Start" and find the iCloud control panel, click "Storage" and manage iCloud backup.
• Windows 8: Go to the "Start" and find iCloud control panel, then click Manage.
• Windows 7: Choose iCloud control panel for Windows, then click "Storage" and manage iCloud backup files.

Part 2. How to change iTunes/iCloud backup location

You can manage and change iPhone backup location stored by iTunes on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS.

Change iTunes backup location in Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Step 1 Shut down iTunes and head over to where iTunes currently stores your iPhone backup files. Copy all backup folders and then paste them to another folder that you create for storing iTunes backup. For example, you can create another "Backup" folder in D drive disk.

iTunes Backup Location on PC

Step 2 Click "Start" and type cmd.exe and then enter the cmd.exe command window. In the pop-up command prompt, enter a commander: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\Backup".

Change iTunes Backup Location on Windows

Step 3 You will now see the command prompt window return a success in creating a junction. And a new folder shortcut called "Backup" will appear in the original location.

Backup Shortcut

Step 4 Finally you can delete the old iTunes backup in the folder or you can remove the backup from iTunes "Edit" >"Preference" > "Device". Highlight the target iTunes backup, and then click "Delete Backup" button.

Change iTunes backup location in Mac OS

Change iPhone Backup Location on Mac

Step 1 Make sure you don't launch iTuens on your Mac. Find your Home folder, and navigate to /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. Copy all backup files to your desired drive, like External drive.

Step 2 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 3 Use iTunes to backup your iPhone. Then, go to the new backup folder to see whether the backup file is there or not.

After you change the iTunes backup location, you could easily delete the original iTunes backup files. Learn here: How to delete backups on iTunes.

Part 3. How to restore iTunes/iCloud backup files from Windows or Mac

Though you can change or delete iTunes or iCloud backups on computer, however, you cannot view directly unless you use one certain software. In this part, we will recommend you a reputable and reliable iPhone data recovery, FoneLab to help you view and restore iPhone/iPad/iPod backups from iTunes and iCloud. First, download the program and have a try.

How to view and restore iTunes backup files

Step 1 Scan iTunes backup

Connect your iPhone with computer. Launch the program and choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode and highlight the proper iTunes backup you want to view and restore. Then Click "Start Scan" to scan iTunes backup.

Scan iTunes Backup

Step 2 View and restore iTunes backups

After the scanning process, all your iPhone data from iTunes backup will display. Taking message restore for an example, and click "Messages" from the left control and view all text messages on iTunes. From here, you are also enabled to check the deleted text messages as well.

View and Restore iTunes Backup Files

How to view and restore iCloud backup files

Step 1 Scan iCloud backup

Select "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and log into iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Choose the way you want to scan.

If you want to recover data like contacts, photos, calendars, etc., you can just tick the box of the data types you need and coick "Start" to run a scan on iCloud.

Scan iCloud Backup

If you want to recover more data like app data, mesasges, etc., from iCloud, just choose "iCloud Backup".

Scan iCloud Backup

Choose what you want to view and restore.

Scan iCloud Backup

Step 2 View and restore iCloud backups

Take "Messages" as an example. Click "Messages" and then you can see all available messages from the main interface. Finally, click "Recover" button to restore iCloud backup files.

Check and Restore iCloud Backup Files

The whole steps can be checked by watching this video tutorial.

Recover Deleted iPhone Data (Messages/Photos/Videos/Notes/Contacts/Call History) play-button

Have you managed to find where iPhone backups have been stored and how to change iPhone backup location? If you have other better ideas to change iPhone backup location, welcome to tell us.

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June 04, 2018 17:10 / Updated by to Fix iOS Problems

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