iTunes backup location on Windows 7/8/10 and Mac

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 11, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

iTunes backup data is stored in a default location on Windows 7/8/9, XP, Vista and Mac, users usually don't care the specific location unless you want to customize the backup data, like changing the backup location, copying or deleting the backup. Then how to find the location of iTunes backup at first? In this article, we are going to talk about this topic from four aspects: where to find iTunes backup location on Windows 7/8/10, XP and Vista; where to find iTunes backup location on Mac OS; how to delete iTunes backup and how to change iTunes backup location. And at the last part, we offer you an iTunes alternative - EaseUS MobiMover Free for easier iPhone backup, check it carefully if you are interested. 

Find iTunes backup location on Windows

Different Windows system versions store the iTunes backup in different routes, and Windows systems will treat the iTunes backup data as "Hidden". Therefore, you are supposed to enable "Show Hidden Files" within Windows Explorer before you can find the iTunes backup location no matter on Windows 7/8/10, XP or Vista.

iTunes backup location on Windows 7 and Vista

C:/Users/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/

iTunes backup location on Windows 8/10

C:/Users/YOURUSERNAME/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/

iTunes backup location on Windows XP

C:/Documents and Settings/Users/Application Data/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/

One screenshot of the iTunes backup location on Windows.

iTunes locations on Windows 

Find iTunes backup location on Mac OS

Unlike the location of backup folder varies from the operating system on Windows, Mac store the iTunes backup data in the same location.

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Use quick start key: Command+Shift+G on the keyboard to open the Go To Fold interface, then copy and paste above location and click Go.

Go To Folder window 

The screenshot of the backup location on a Mac.

iTunes location on Mac 

How to delete iTunes backup

Customization of iTunes backup isn't allowed, including relocating, renaming, and extracting contents, because any incorrect operation may ruin the files. What you can do is to delete all the backup files if you want to free computer space or any other reason.

For Window users: Choose Edit > Preferences.

For Mac users: Choose iTunes>Preference.

Choose the backup that you want to delete as below.

delete iTunes backup 

How to back up iPhone with an iTunes alternative tool

Although iTunes is the Apple official program to back up iPhone or iPad, many users, especially the Apple newbies may get stuck with its complicated operations. Therefore, here we recommend the integrated and free iPhone data transfer software to all the Apple users- EaseUS MobiMover to quickly transfer all your iPhone or iPad data to Windows PC one time.  With MobiMover, you can back up all the compatible files from iPhone or iPad to PC with simple one-click, including Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Messages, Books, Audios, Photos, and Safari history & bookmarks. Begin to use MobiMover Now! (If your iPhone/iPad is not showing up on Windows, fix it immediately. Launch MobiMover and click Transfer to Computer.)

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen if a pop-up appears. Open EaseUS MobiMover and select the "Phone to PC" pattern in the main interface. To back up your iPhone photos, contacts and other important apps data, click "Next" to start.

how to back up iPhone files - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover will read and load all the iPhone files for you to preview. You can change the default location C:\Users\Owner\Desktop to other preferred locations in advance. Choose the apps you want to back up and click "Transfer".

how to back up iPhone files - step 2

Step 3. MobiMover will start to back up iPhone files to your computer immediately. Don't suspend the USB connection while transferring. You can open the exported pictures and videos directly. The contacts and messages are saved as a .html file, you need to open it by a web browser and check details on the web page.

how to back up iPhone files - step 3

Except for backing up iPhone data to the computer, EaseUS still enables you to import data from PC to iPhone or iPad in vice versa, such as transferring photos from PC to iPhone, putting music from PC to iPad, and adding ringtones to iPhone. Do try this all-in-one iPhone data transfer program whenever you got iOS data transfer needs, it will impress you with its amazing transfer speed and simple one-click feature.