By Dylan / Last update December 24, 2021


iTunes backup location

Does anybody know the iTunes backup location on Windows PC? I'd like to change the location of iTunes backup. Is there an easy way to make it? Many thanks.

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iTunes is a powerful tool for iPhone Backup. It could save nearly everything on your device. What does iTunes backup include? For example, if you have an iPhone of 64GB and 40GB has been used, you might get an image file of 8GB generated by iTunes. The image file covers most local data on your iPhone, including photos, settings, messages, call logs, and the local file of apps. The files which could be downloaded from the Internet would not be included to save time and space, like the photos that you have uploaded to iCloud, content from iTunes and APP store, and Touch ID.

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After you restore your iPhone with iTunes, you would see the icon of your apps on the screen and you could download the data later. It means that you use a backup copy of 8GB to restore the data of 40GB into your device.

Can you find iTunes backup location?

iTunes backup is located in an encrypted folder. Every file has been encrypted so that you couldn’t view them. To maintain the integrity of backup files, you should not add, delete, or modify any files. If you want to move the backup copy, you could move the whole folder, but you need to replace the folder when you restore your phone.

iTunes backup location on Mac

Vary from different operating systems, you can use Finder or iTunes to backup your iDevices on Mac.  To location iTunes backup on Mac, you can click the magnifier icon in the menu bar, then type or copy and paste ~/Library/Appliction Support/MobileSync/Backup/ to locate your iTunes backups.

iTunes backup location on Windows PC

If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes on a Windows computer. Your backup is stored in C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync. If you can’t find AppData, it might be hidden. You need to click View at the toolbar in Windows Explorer and check Hidden items.

iTunes Backup Location Windows

You should Every time you backup iPhone with iTunes, it would generate a folder under MobileSync.

How to delete iTunes backup

If you think that iTunes backup takes too much storage of your computer or you just think it is not needed anymore, you could delete it. There are two methods of deleting backup file on your computer.

Method 1. Go to C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync and then delete the folder. What if there are not just one folder and you don’t know which one needs to be deleted? Follow method 2.

Method 2. Open iTunes > click Edit at the top > Select Preference > Select Device. Your backups would be shown with device name and backup date. You could delete the file without misgivings.

How to change iTunes backup location

If you want to release the space of your partition or computer, there are two solutions to change iTunes backup location.

Solution 1. Go to C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync and copy the whole folder to the destination. What if you want to set the default destination? Read solution 2.

Solution 2. You could build a link between two folders to transfer iTunes backup every time you back up your iPhone. Follow the steps below to build a link.

Step 1. Go to C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\ MobileSync. Cut the whole file of MobileSync to your wanted destination.

Step 2. Press Windows + R and input “cmd” in the box.

Step 3. Enter mklink /J “C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\MobileSync” (the second path is optional for you)and press Enter. If it asks for Administration Rights, in step 2, you should type “cmd” in Search bar, right-click it and select Run as administrator.

When you backup iPhone with iTunes, you could see iTunes backup both in “C:\Users\[PC name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” and “D:\MobileSync”, but actually it just exists in “D:\MobileSync”.

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Backup iOS device with the best iTunes alternative

Want to backup your iPhone without effort and change backup location as you wish? AOMEI MBackupper would be your choice. It is a free professional iPhone backup software and allows you to backup photos, videos, music tracks, contacts, and messages to computer.

Preview and Select: Unlike iTunes, AOMEI MBackupper would let you know which content your backup includes. Preview and select the files you want.
Change Path: You could easily change the path by one click on the pane so as to store your backup file to the wanted destination or external drive.
Widely Compatible: It supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 13 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 15. It also supports iPad and iPod Touch.

You could follow the steps below to backup your iPhone within at most 3 steps.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect your iPhone to computer and tap Trust on it.

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Step 2. Click Custom Backup on its main interface > Click each icon to choose the files you'd like to backup > Click OK to confirm.

Select Files

Step 3. Choose a destination to save the backup files > Click Start Backup and it would backup your iPhone in seconds.

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Tips: If you want to view your backup file, you could click the Eye icon in Backup Management to view it in AOMEI MBackupper or click the Pin icon to locate it in Windows Explorer.

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Hope you could find iTunes backup location on Mac and Windows PC with the help of this guide. To modify the backup would make it corrupt. You could delete or move the whole folder, or change the default path by building a link between two folders. Of course, you could use an iTunes alternative, AOMEI MBackupper, to easily change your backup location and customize your backup plan. If you like this article, you could share it to help more people.