How to Transfer iPhone Backup to Another Computer

If you have your iPhone backups on your primary computer and you have just got a new computer, the following guide will show you how you can move an iPhone backup to another computer so your backups are on your new computer for use in the iTunes app. Read on to learn how.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Dec. 12, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 05, 2019

Backups are an important thing for your iOS based devices as they contain all the data of your device. While most of the time you may not need access to your backups, there are times when things go wrong and you may need to restore a backup on your iPhone for it to work. iPhone backups created using iTunes can easily be transferred from one computer to another so you don’t need to be stuck with the computer you created the backups on to restore the backups.

In the following guide, we are going to reveal how you can use various methods to move iPhone backups to a new computer. So if you are sick of using your old computer and wish to get all of your iPhone backups transferred to your new one, the following guide is all you need to get the job done.

Let’s find out how to transfer iPhone backups to a new computer:

How to Transfer iPhone Backup to Another Computer

One of the most easiest ways to move an iPhone backup from one computer to another is to copy the backup file on your old computer and paste it onto your new computer. This works and as long as you know how to copy files on your computer, you should be able to do the procedure without a hitch.

Keep in mind though the following procedure requires you to have an external drive with enough storage available to accommodate your iPhone backup files. These backups usually consume a really large amount of memory space so your 4GB USB flash drives are not going to work. Get something bigger and then jump onto the following steps.

Step 1 The first thing you need to do is plug-in your external drive using a compatible cable to your computer. You are connecting it to your old computer to copy your backups.

Step 2 Navigate to the directory where your iPhone backups are saved. Once you are there, select all the backups by pressing Ctrl + A (Windows) or Command + A (Mac), right-click on any one of the backups, and choose the Copy option.

  • On Windows, the backup directory is \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.
  • On Mac, the backup directory is /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

Step 3 Open the drive for your external drive and paste the backups you have copied. Eject the drive when your backups are all copied.

Step 4 Connect your external drive to your new computer and head to the backup directories as shown above. Then, paste all the backups you have on your drive to the backups directory.

The chosen backups should be copied over to your new computer and that is how you transfer iPhone backups to a new computer.

How to Transfer iPhone Backup to Another Computer with AnyTrans for iOS

If you do not like the manual method of copying iPhone backups from one directory and pasting them in another for some reason, you have a great app – AnyTrans for iOS, available at your disposal that allows you to transfer your iPhone backups to another computer with just a few clicks on the app interface.

AnyTrans for iOS contains a number of other features as well that let you transfer content from your iOS devices to your computer and vice versa. With regard to backups, you can either create an iTunes backup on your new computer using the app or you can transfer almost all the content you have on your iPhone over to another computer. The latter can also be considered a backup as it has all of your iPhone data in it.

The following shows how you can use AnyTrans for iOS to transfer data (backup) from your iPhone over to your new computer:

Step 1 First and foremost – you will need to download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer. It should work on both Windows PCs and Mac machines.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the app. When the app launches, choose the Device Manager option at the top, head to the shortcuts screen, and then click on the option that says Content to Computer. It will let you transfer iPhone content to your computer.

Select Device Manager > Content to Computer to transfer iPhone data

Select Device Manager > Content to Computer to transfer iPhone data

Step 3 On the following screen, choose what content you would like to copy to your computer by tick-marking the appropriate boxes. Then, choose the destination by clicking on Select in the Export Path option if you want to. Finally, click on the right-arrow icon to start the transfer process.

Select content to be transferred and hit start

Select content to be transferred and hit start

AnyTrans for iOS will start copying selected content from your iPhone over to your new computer. Within a few minutes, you will have all the data of your iPhone on your computer for you to access.

So that is how you can use a third-party app to make the iPhone backup transfer job a breeze for yourself.

The Bottom Line

Moving an iPhone backup from one computer to another should not be a difficult task and the above guide shows two ways of accomplishing the task without any difficulties on your computer. We hope you like either of the methods given in the guide.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.