Where Are iPhone Backups Stored on Your Mac or PC?

Where are iPhone backups stored? This page will show you iPhone backup file location on Mac and PC respectively. In addition, you can also specify iPhone backup location via a handy freeware.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2023

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Want to figure out iPhone backup file location

To protect all the data on your iPhone, you can backup it to your Mac or PC via iTunes or backup it with iCloud. After the backup is created, you may want to find iPhone backup files in following situations:

◉ Check if the backup files are intact.
◉ Delete some backup files that are no longer needed to get more free space on your Mac or PC.
◉ Copy backup files to another location. (However, Apple doesn't recommend moving backup files. To restore from a relocated backup file, you need to move it back or the file won't work.)

If you have no idea where iPhone backups are stored, please read on. No matter you have created iPhone backups via iTunes or iCloud, you can follow the instructions below to find the backup files on Mac or Windows PC.

Where are iPhone backups stored on Mac?

If you're using a Mac, you can follow the instructions below to find your iTunes backup and iCloud backup.

Where are iTunes backups stored on Mac?

iTunes backups are stored in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ on macOS. You can click the magnifying glass in the menu bar and type the path to locate iTunes backups on Mac. In macOS 10.15, Finder creates iPhone backups, instead of iTunes. However, the backups are saved in the same location.

Optionally, you can also follow the steps to find a  specific iTunes backup. Just open iTunes. Click iTunes in the menu bar, and then choose Preferences > Choose Devices > Control-click the backup that you want, and then choose Show in Finder.

Backups Show in Folder

Tip: How to find iTunes backups automatically
iPhone Backup Extractor helps you find iTunes backup automatically and open it with a click. You can download and install iPhone Backup Extractor > Preference from its pull-down menu > Backups > Click the default folder link to open it.

Where are iCloud backups stored on Mac?

There won’t be a list of your backups on iCloud.com. Learn how to find your iCloud backups on Mac or PC as follows.

On your Mac computer, choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Click iCloud > Manage > Backups.

Locate Backup Files Mac

Where are iPhone backups stored on Windows PC?

The steps to locate iPhone backups on Windows PC are slightly different from those on Mac. Follow the instructions below to find where are iPhone backups stored on Windows.

Locate iTunes backups on Windows PC

All of the iTunes backups are stored in \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ on Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista. 

To find a specific iTunes backup, you can go to the Search bar from the Start menu (Windows 7) or next to the Start button (Windows 10). then input %appdata% or %USERPROFILE% and press Enter. You can find iTunes backup by openning the folder Apple/Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup in order.

Locate iCloud backups on Windows PC

There won’t be a list of your backups on iCloud.com. Learn how to find your iCloud backups on Mac or PC as follows.

1. Open iCloud for Windows and click Storage.

Locate Backup Files PC

2. In the next window, select Backup.

Bonus: Easily create and locate iPhone backup on Windows PC

If you want to specify iPhone backup file location by yourself, you may pick FoneTool. It is compatible with iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14. It offers you the easiest way to backup your iPhone photos, music, videos, contacts, and messages. Other than backing up to the local folder on your PC, you are allowed to select an external drive as backup location, such as external HDD or USB flash drive.

 Main features and advantages of FoneTool
👍 Custom and incremental backup. With FoneTool, you're free to preview and choose to backup the wanted files from iPhone to computer. The incremental backup service only backs up iPhone files that have been changed since the last backup.
👍 Simple and fast backup process. With three steps, you can finish backing up iPhone. With the stable USB connection between your iPhone and computer, the backup process can be finished within a few seconds.
👍 Free to locate and browse backups. FoneTool also provides you with a convenient way to locate and browse backups.

Click the button below to download FoneTool to your Windows PC and start to backup your iPhone with ease.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Backup on its homepage > Choose Selective Backup.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Click each icon to preview and choose the wanted 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 to begin and the task will be completed in seconds.

Click Backup

Therefore, the iPhone backups can be easily located. You can also go to the Backup History of FoneTool to browse, restore, or delete the backup.

Restore To Device

Besides selectively backing up your iPhone data, you can also let FoneTool create a full iPhone backup by utilizing its Full Backup function, which is extremely useful to avoid data loss when it comes to switching to new iPhone or factory resetting iPhone for troubleshooting.

Full Backup


Where are iPhone backups stored on your Mac or PC? This page has given you a complete answer. If you plan to backup your iPhone to a custom location, you may try FoneTool. It also enables you to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. Go for it now and discover more!

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.