Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC

In this post, you will find where is iPhone backup stored on PC and learn how to change the location of iTunes backups.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 14, 2021

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When working with your iTunes Backup location, it’s important to know where they are stored on your computer. By default, Apple iTunes stores the backup on to the primary disk of your PC and doesn’t allow you to change the default backup location.

In this article, we’re going to tell you where these iPhone or PC backups are stored, how to identify the backups for a specific device, and how to change where location stores backups on your PC.

Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC?

In general, Windows users can find the location in the Backup folder under Mobilesync. Yet, due to different operating systems, there are fine distinctions in terms of the storage path of iTunes backup. If you want to check the iPhone backup location on Windows 10 and Windows 7, follow the steps below. And two ways are listed in this part.

1. On Windows 10, Windows 7, you can get to the path from:

  • C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • or C:\Users\Your user name\Apple\MobileSync\Backup\.
Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC

Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC

2. Find iTunes backup file location with the search box:

And the precise operations for Windows 10 and Windows 7 are slightly different, check them below.

  1. Head to the search box: Hit the “Search” box nearby “Start”(Windows 10); Click on “Start”(Windows 7).
  2. Enter %appdata% in the search bar and hit the “Enter” key.
  3. Go to Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.
Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC

Where Is iPhone Backup Stored on PC

How to Customize Backup iPhone to Computer

If you want to customize the saving path, the file types that can be backed up, or remove the categories that were backed up before, you need a third-party tool. Here we give you PhoneTrans. This is mostly a data transfer app, but it can also make a complete backup or partial backup of your iPhone.

Besides, with PhoneTrans, you can 1:1 clone an old phone to your new phone, quickly transfer across iOS/Android devices, merge contents of the old phone to a new phone, etc. If you are not sure about using PhoneTrans or not, look at its main features below.

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  • Transfer all kinds of data on your iPhone to a computer.
  • Choose some or all of the data to back up as you wish.
  • Customize the storage path, file name, file type, etc. freely.
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Now, you can follow the steps below to customize the backup of your iPhone.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneTrans on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer. Run PhoneTrans can choose Phone Backup on the left while clicking one of the backup options on the right. Tap Start Backup to go on.

Choose to Full Backup your Device

Choose to Full Backup your Device

Step 2. If you choose Full Backup, you will see all your iPhone content is listed on the screen. Tap the Back Up Now button then the content will be synced to your computer.

Tap Back Up Now to Start

Tap Back Up Now to Start

How to Change iTunes Backup Location on Windows

We will be using the symlink process– symbolic link to change iTunes backup location on Windows 10. The symlink is a new path for iTunes to get to the backups folder. Here I’ll show you how to use the Windows Command Prompt application to create a symbolic link that effectively tricks iTunes into backing up onto the new location you want.

How to change the iTunes backup location on Windows 10

You need to use the Windows Command Prompt to perform the finagling. I’ll take you through each step of the process.

  1. As we’ve already located the current iTunes backup directory, make a copy of the “C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\” directory.
  2. Create a new directory wherever you want iTunes to store all your backups from now on. For example, create a directory in C:\ folder.
  3. Go into the newly-created directory by using the “cd” command.
  4. Now navigate to the current backup location – “C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\” using the Windows File Explorer and delete the backup directory and all its content.
  5. Head back over to the Command Prompt and type the same command: mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “c:\itunesbackup”. Ensure to use the quotes.
  6. You’ve successfully created the symbolic link, a virtual connection between the two directories, and changed the iTunes backup location to Windows 10.
  7. From now on new iTunes backups will go to “C:\itunesbackup” or the location you’ve defined.

How to change the iTunes backup location on Windows 7

A symbolic link connects two folders, one serving as a proxy for the other. The linking is on the operating system level, so it works perfectly fine. We will use the same steps as we used for Windows 10. Employing the Windows Command Prompt to trick iTunes.

  1. Head over to the current iTunes backup directory, make a copy of the “C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\” directory.
  2. Create a new directory wherever you want iTunes to store all your backups from now on. For example, create a directory in C:\ “folder name”.
  3. Go into the newly-created directory by using the “cd” command.
  4. Navigate to the current backup location – “C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\” using the Windows File Explorer and delete the backup directory and all its content.
  5. In the Command Prompt type the command: mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “c:\itunesbackup”. Ensure to use the quotes.
  6. You’ve successfully created the symbolic link, a virtual connection between the two directories, and changed the iTunes backup location to Windows 7.

The Bottom Line

Before starting to backup your phone, please note that you had better verify your computer is running before checking the iTunes backup file location. And when you move the iTunes backup location, please make sure to type in the correct commands. If you want to customize the backup, just download PhoneTrans and follow the two-step tutorial.

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