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Where are iPhone backups stored on Windows

Jean updated on Jul 06, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

"I back up my iPhone to iTunes, but where would I be able to find the pictures, contacts or text messages that are backed up via iTunes on my Windows 10 computer?"

iTunes application is designed to sync data between your iOS 8/9/10/11/12/13 device and a computer for the purposes of data backup or simply data transfer. If you have no clues about where to find your iPhone backup location on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, or 7, relax. This page tells you where to locate an iPhone backup folder created by iTunes. What's more, you may consider storing your iPhone backups on an alternative location on Windows, too.

Workable Solutions

Step-by-step Troubleshooting

1. Check location in Windows 10

Open Windows File Explorer > Go to \users\...Full steps

2. Alternative iPhone backup location

Connect your iPhone to the computer...Full steps
3. Change iTunes backup location Open the iTunes backup location...Full steps

Part 1. How Do I Find the iTunes Backup Location on Windows 10

Generally speaking, iTunes saves backups to a Backup folder in your Users folder, and the specific location of the Backup folder varies by different versions of the operating system.

On Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, you can locate the path: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ or input %appdata% in the search bar in Windows 7, 8 or 10 and press "enter" > Double-click these folders: Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup".

iTunes backup folder location

On Windows XP, you can locate the path: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

iTunes backup folder on Windows XP

Part 2. What's the Alternative Location of the iPhone Backup Folder

Sometimes, you may fail to find the iPhone backup location due to some iTunes backup problems. To avoid these problems, you can back your files by using some iTunes alternatives. Basically, these tools allow you to select the location of your backup. To choose the best backup tool for you, we've tested over 20 software and finally choose EaseUS MobiMover for you. Here are the reasons why we choose this software for you:

  • It can back up all popular iOS data, including music, videos, contacts, and messages from iPhone to PC directly.
  • It can sync data from one iPhone to another without iTunes.
  • It enables you to transfer files from PC to iPhone without erasing the previous data or sync data between two iOS devices directly without using iCloud. 
  • It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running almost all iOS versions.

Now, you can download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and start to back up files with ease.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7/8/10 with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen if asked. Run EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Phone to PC". To back up iPhone photos, contacts, and other types of files, click "Next" to begin.

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 1

Step 2. You can back up iPhone photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more as the image shows below. You can transfer these items all at one time or respectively export a specified data type. MobiMover also supports you to customize the storage path for iPhone backup. Choose desired files and click "Transfer" to back up iPhone files to your PC right now

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 2

Step 3. Wait patiently until the transfer process ends. MobiMover will copy the iPhone files in a readable and accessible way so you can view, edit, or delete the data based on your own need.

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 3

Part 3. How to Change the iTunes Backup Location on Windows 10

To get started to change the iTunes backup location on Windows 10, you'll need to prepare a PC running Windows Vista or newer and some available iTunes backups. After everything is ready, one last thing should be noted that you can't restore your iPhone from the relocated backup file unless moving it back to its default location or using a professional recovery tool to recover iTunes backup. Here are the steps to change the location of the iPhone/iTunes backup.

Step 1. Open the iTunes backup location by using methods offered in Part 1.

Step 2. After that, you'll see a folder labeled "Backup" - the default location that contains your iPhone backups. To change the location of this folder, you'll need to press the F2 key on your keyboard to rename the "Backup" folder to a different name like Backup.old.

Change iTunes backup location

Step 3. Hold down the "Shift" key and right-click a blank area within File Explore to open the context menu. Next, select the "Open PowerShell window here" (Also called "Open command window here").

Change iTunes backup

Step 4. Enter the command as listed below.

For desktop iTunes users: cmd /c mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\New iTunes Backup"

For Windows Store iTunes users: cmd /c mklink /J "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Apple\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\New iTunes Backup"

Step 5. Press the "Enter" key to execute the command. After everything has been done, you'll see a new folder named Backup appears within the MobileSync folder.

iTunes backup folder

Also Read: 2 Methods to Change iTunes Backup Location on Mac 

The Bottom Line

We hope you have found the iTunes backup files on Windows 10 with the help of this guide. As we introduced above, the method in Part 1 is easy for you to find the iPhone backup, but it doesn't allow you to modify, rename, or extract backup contents. Want to have more options to manage backup files? Don't hesitate to use EaseUS MobiMover - a powerful iOS data management tool that enables you to back up, transfer, and edit backup contents with ease. With it installed on your computer, it's no longer troublesome to locate the Backup in an instant.