How to Find iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10/8/7 and Mac OS (X) / macOS Sierra

Summary

Where are iTunes backups stored on a Windows/Mac computer? Just read this post to know how to find iTunes backup location in Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS (X) and macOS Sierra.

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Oct. 28, 2016

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With iTunes app, you can backup and restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your computer. Normally, you don't care where your iTunes backups are stored, unless you want to delete or move some of them.

No matter what reason you want to find iTunes backup location, freeing up space on PC or saving your important backups to another place, you could find your answer here. Below we list the ways to help you get your iTunes backup folder location, delete an iTunes backup and move iTunes backup on Windows and Mac computer.

Part 1. Where are iTunes Backups Stored

Part 2. How to Delete iTunes Backup

Part 3. How to Move iTunes Backups

Part 1. Where are iTunes Backups Stored

The location of the backup would differ by operating system of your computer.

Find Backups on Windows 10/8/7

On a Windows computer, the location of your iTunes backup folder is: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

You can use "Search Bar" on your PC to search "%appdata%", and then go to Apple Computer > Mobile Sync > Backup, to find all backups files on your Windows computer.

iTunes Backup Location in Mac OS (X) and macOS Sierra

On a Mac, whether in OS X or new released macOS Sierra, the default location should be: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

To access backup files, you can go to Finder menu bar > Go > Go to Folder…, > Type into the location > Click "Go".

Go to iTunes Backup Location on Mac

Go to iTunes Backup Location on Mac

Of course, there is another way to locate a specific backup. On iTunes menu bar > iTunes > Preferences... > Devices, control click one backup and go to show it in finder.

How to Locate Specific iPhone Backup on Mac

How to Locate Specific iPhone Backup on Mac

Part 2. How to Delete iTunes Backup

Just as you see in Part 1 , after you go to Preferences... > Devices, then you can find the "Delete Backup" button, which you can use to quickly remove selected backups on your computer. (In Windows, the "Preferences…" is under "Edit" on your iTunes menu.)

How to Delete iTunes Backup

How to Delete iTunes Backup

Part 3. How to Move iTunes Backups

After locating your "Backup" folder, you can save iTunes backup files to another computer or external drive. Apple suggests that you’d better move the whole "Backup" to another place, or the backup files in the folder might be destroyed and cannot be restored to your device.

How to Move iTunes Backup

How to Move iTunes Backup

The Bottom Line

It’s easy to find where your iPhone iPad backups are stored on your computer, but hard to access and preview contents in the backup. Besides knowing how to find iTunes library location, you may like: Top iTunes Backup Extracting Tools >>

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