Where is iPhone backup stored on a Windows 10 PC or Mac

Whenever you attempt to upload or download a file from your iPhone to a Mac or a Windows 10 PC via iTunes, its backup is created automatically. It’s beneficial in many ways. For instance, if there’s an event of misfortune and you lose data, you can recover files from the backup. Having said that, do you really know where exactly your iPhone backup is stored? No?? In this guide, we have shared where iPhone backup is stored on a Windows 10 computer or Mac.

Where is iPhone backup stored on a Windows 10 PC or Mac computer

The actual location of the iPhone backup folder varies from one operating system to another. As such, the location of a backup from an iPhone on a Windows PC may vary from that found on Mac machine. Still, this tutorial, in any case, will uncover the method to help you locate your iPhone/iTunes backup folder on a Windows or macOS computer.

If you are aware, iTunes application is an Apple software designed to sync data between your iOS device and a computer for the purposes of data backup or simply data transfer.

We’ll begin with Mac and then move to Windows

Where is iPhone backup stored on Mac

Unlike Windows 10 PC, the data transferred from iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch can be found under the following location of Mac computer –

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

The symbol found at the beginning of the address (~) is called Tilde. it denotes a Home directory. By default, the Home directory is a folder where all your files are stored including, documents, pictures, downloads, cloud storages and so on.

Every Mac user has his own Home folder. If your Mac is running OS X, simply hit Command+Shift+G on the keyboard and paste the above-mentioned directory path in Go To Folder screen.

All the iPhone backup folders will be found displayed along with their names, size, modified date. Now, if you would like to change the location of the backup folders, follow the instructions below.

How to change the iTunes iOS/ iPhone backup folder on MacOS

1] Launch the MacOS Terminal application. It is a Mac command line interface that allows you to control your Mac using a command prompt.

2] It can be found using Finder, under Applications / Utilities / Terminal. Alternatively, you can launch it by pressing ⌘ Cmd +  and typing Terminal before pressing Enter

3] Once accessed, instruct the Terminal to change the default iTunes backup location, by entering the following command,

cd ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync 

4] This action should be followed by pressing the Enter key.

5] Unveil the current backup folder in Finder by entering open. and then pressing Enter.

Device Preferences

6] Here, the Finder window that opens will show a folder named ‘Backup’. This contains backups already present on your Mac. To change the backup folder’s location, rename the folder. For example, rename it to ‘Backup (Old)’.

7] Once renamed, a symbolic link will be generated for the desired backup location. Use the following command

ln -s [desired-new-backup-path] ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup.

7] Restart Mac again.

How to delete iPhone backups on Mac

1] Choose iTunes > Preferences and select Devices.

2] Now, choose the backup that you want to delete.

3] Click Delete Backup.

4] The action, when confirmed will delete the backup from Mac completely.


Where is iPhone backup stored on Windows 10 PC

As mentioned previously, iPhone backup location on Windows differs somewhat from Mac computers. This is because different versions of Windows save the iPhone and iPad data on different locations, irrespective of which iTunes version you are using.

Location where Windows 10 store the iPhone backup –

\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Earlier or older versions of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows Vista store the backup of iPhone documents here-

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

It is particularly important to mention here that Windows systems treat the Application Data and AppData directories and their contents (including iPhone backup) as “Hidden”. So, to make them visible and see these documents, you need to enable ‘Show Hidden Files’ within Windows Explorer.

We made this a topic of discussion because, on numerous occasions, we might have taken backup of our iPhone and other iDevices on our Mac or Windows PC. But never thought it essential or important to find iPhone backup location on Mac & Windows.

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