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How to Find iTunes Backup Location on Mac and Windows

By Emily Watson, Friday, Jan 30, 2015

Many users are curious about where iTunes backups are stored on computer and how to access to these backup files. Generally speaking, once you connect your iPhone to computer and open iTunes to back up, it will generate a backup file automatically on your computer. The next time that you want to extract from iTunes backup file, it will restore your iPhone back to the previous state after you click the button "Restore Backup…". The whole process is easy and works smoothly. But you do not get a chance to know where there iTunes backup files are stored. Here I will tell you how to access iTunes backup files on your computer.

For many iPhone Data Recovery users, during their recovering of some certain content of iPhone, they might need to send the log files of these contents to us, which do good to help our department of technology's data location work.


Part 1: iTunes Backup Location for macOS/Mac OS X
Part 2: iTunes Backup Location for Windows

Part 1: iTunes Backup Location for macOS/Mac OS X

For Mac OX users, your iPhone files are backed up at the following location:
~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

The (~) symbol, representing your home directory of Mac, is the same place where your other personal documents are stored.

iTunes Backup Location on Mac

Part 2: iTunes Backup Location for Windows

For Windows XP users, your computer stores all of your iPhone backup files in this location:

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

For users of Windows Vista and Windows 7/8/10, you can find iPhone backup files in this location on your computer:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

iTunes Backup Location for Windows

Note to Windows users:

The AppData (or Application Data) directories along with their contents (iPhone backups included) are considered 'hidden' so you will need to enable 'Show hidden files' within Windows Explorer before you will be able to see the files.

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  • stevenclapham

    No where in any of your help files does it explain if you updated to windows 10 with a fresh install my problem. I could not upgrade to windows 10 due to hard drive crash. Once i installed windows 10 i installed FonePaw again, i kept my back ups on a external drive. FonePaw no longer sees these back ups even though i can physically see them, even when i point it to the folder it refuses to identify them as back ups. So i go to download them again and all i get now is a Error saying can not download, please check your net work settings. My network setting are fine seeing as you need them in windows 10 to log on and i am using the internet to type this.

    2015-01-31 14:19