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: May. 27, 2021

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.

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

iTunes backup file location can also be found from the search box from your PC. Here are 2 ways on how to view the Windows iTunes backup location.

1. Head to the search box:

On Windows 10: Hit the “Search” box nearby “Start”.

On Windows 7: Click on “Start”.

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 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3. Go into the newly-created directory by using the “cd” command.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6. You’ve successfully created the symbolic link, a virtual connection between the two directories, and changed the iTunes backup location Windows 10.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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”.

Step 3. Go into the newly-created directory by using the “cd” command.

Step 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.

Step 5. In the Command Prompt type the command: mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “c:\itunesbackup”. Ensure to use the quotes.

Step 6. You’ve successfully created the symbolic link, a virtual connection between the two directories, and changed the iTunes backup location Windows 7.

Conclusion

Do you know where does iTunes store backups? And how to change the location of iTunes backup now? Frankly, I believe you can. Yet, 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.

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