Your iTunes backups are stored on the computer that you have used to create the backups. While iCloud backup is using the cloud backup service. Do you know the exact iPhone backup location? In this post, MiniTool Software will show you where iPhone backups are stored, as well as some related and useful information.

iPhone Backup Location: Where Is It?

To keep your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch data safe, you can use iTunes or iCloud to back up your data. When needed, you can restore your iOS files from the previous backups.

At times, you may want to manage these iPhone backups. For instance, you want to delete some unnecessary backups or make a copy of some important backups. Before doing this, you need to find out your iPhone backup location. That is, you need to know: where are iPhone backups stored? Where does iTunes store backups or where does iCloud store backups?

Now, in this post, we will talk about iPhone backup location, showing you where iPhone backups are stored. At the same time, we will also show you some related information like copying iPhone backups and deleting iPhone backups. If you deleted iTunes backups by mistake, we also show you how to recover deleted iTunes backup.

Where does iTunes Store Backups?

iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10/8/7

If you have used iTunes in your Windows computer to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, the backup files should be stored to \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.

How to find this iTunes backup location? You can open click This PC on desktop and then go to Drive C to find this location.

You can also use another method to locate this folder:

1. Open Windows Search:

  • Click Start in Windows 7.
  • Click the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner in Windows 8.
  • Click the Search bar next to the Start button in Windows 10.

2. Type "%appdata%" (if you didn’t get the iTunes app from the Microsoft Store) or "%USERPROFILE%" (if you downloaded the iTunes app from the Microsoft Store).

3. Press Enter to open the Roaming or Administrator folder (depending on the content you have input in the above step.

4. Go to these folders: Apple/Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.

iTunes backup location in Windows 10

iTunes Backup Location in Mac

If you have backed up your iPhone data using the iTunes app on your Mac computer, where does iTunes store backups? You can use these steps to find the iPhone backup location in Mac:

Find the iTunes backup list in Mac:

  1. Click the magnifier icon from the menu bar.
  2. Copy and paste “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/” to it.
  3. Press the Return key.

You can also use these steps to find a specific iTunes backup:

Situation 1: If you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to General > Manage Backups to view the list of your iTunes backups.
  3. Right-click the iTunes backup you want to see and then select Show In Finder.

Show In Finder

Situation 2: If you are running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click your device.
  3. Click Preference and then click Devices.
  4. Select the backup you want to see and then select Show In Finder.

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How to Copy iTunes Backups on Your Computer?

If you want to make a copy of your iPhone backup on your computer, you can just go to the iTunes backup location and then copy the whole folder of the backup(s) to another location like an external hard drive or a memory card, or a network-storage location.

How to Delete iTunes Backups on Your Computer?

Delete iTunes Backups in Windows

Method 1: Delete in File Explorer

If you want to delete iTunes backups on your Windows computer, you can just open File Explorer and then access the iTunes backup location. Next, you can select the whole folder to delete.

Method 2: Delete using iTunes

The second method to delete iTunes backups is using the iTunes application.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Go to Edit > Preferences.
  3. Switch to the Devices section on the pop-up interface.
  4. Select the iTunes backup you want to delete from the Device backups section.
  5. Click the Delete Backup button.
  6. Click the Delete button from the pop-out window to confirm.

use iTunes to delete iPhone backup file

Delete iTunes Backups in Mac

If you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to General > Manage Backups to view the list of your iTunes backups.
  3. Right-click the iTunes backup you want to delete and then click Delete Backup.
  4. Click Delete to confirm.

If you are running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click your device.
  3. Click Preference and then click Devices.
  4. Select the backup you want to delete and then click Delete Backup.

How to Recover Deleted Backup from iTunes?

If you delete your iTunes backup files by mistake, is it possible to get them back? Of course, yes. Now, we will show you how to perform an iTunes backup recovery in both Windows and Mac.

How to Recover Deleted iTunes Backup in Windows?

Restore from Recycle Bin

When you delete files and folders from a Windows computer, they will be first moved to Recycle Bin until you permanently delete them. Before that, you can restore them from Recycle Bin to their original location.

You can just click the Recycle Bin on the desktop and then find the iTunes backup folder. Next, you can right-click on it and select Restore to restore it to its previous location.

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Restore Using MiniTool Power Data Recovery

If you can’t find your needed iPhone backup folder in Recycle Bin, it should be permanently deleted. If so, you need to use a professional Windows file recovery tool to get them back. You can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

It is free data recovery software. With it, you can recover all kinds of files from different data storage devices like internal hard drives, external hard drives, SD cards, memory cards, and more.

It has a trial edition and you can use it to scan the drive you want to recover data. If you can find the iTunes backup folder you want to recover, you can then use a full edition of this software to recover it.

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This tutorial shows you how to use this software to recover the deleted iTunes backup:

1. Open the software.

2. Select the drive or the location you want to recover data from.

3. Click Scan to start the scanning process.

select a drive to scan

4. After scanning, you will see the scan results that are listed by path by default. You can find and open the iPhone backup location to check whether you can see the iTunes backup. If yes, you can upgrade this software to a full edition and then select the whole folder to recover.

How to Recover Deleted iTunes Backup in Mac?

Restore from Trash

Like Windows, the deleted files on your Mac will be first transferred to Trash. So, you can just go to Trash to see whether you can find your needed iPhone backup. If yes, you can right-click the folder you want to restore and then click Put Back. The iTunes backup will be restored to its original location.

Restore Using Stellar Data Recovery for Mac

If you can’t restore your iPhone backup from Trash, you can use Stellar Data Recovery for Mac, free Mac data recovery software, to find and recover it. This software is specially designed to recover lost and deleted files in Mac. So, you can use it to retrieve your iTunes backup files.

It also has a trial edition and you can use it for a free trial. You can get it from the MiniTool download center. After that, you can follow this guide to find and recover your iTunes backup.

1. Open the software.

2. Turn on the button for Recover Everything.

turn on the button for Recover Everything

3. Select the drive you want to recover data from. You can also enable Deep Scan (at the bottom-left corner) to perform a deep scan.

4. Click the Scan button to start scanning.

select the target drive to scan

5. When the scanning process ends, you need to find the iTunes backup location from the left list and check whether you can find your needed backup folder.

scan results

Likewise, if you discover this program can help you find the deleted iTunes backup, you can upgrade it to a full edition and then use it to recover your needed files.

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Where does iCloud Store Backups?

If you use iCloud to back up your iPhone, where are iPhone backups stored? It is easy to find.

Find on Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

If you are using iOS 11 or later and iPadOS

You can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups to find your iPhone backup.

If you are using iOS 10.3

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Tap the graph that shows your iCloud usage.
  3. Tap Manage Storage.
  4. Select a backup to see more detailed information about it. Besides, you can also choose which data to back up or delete some unnecessary backup.

Find on Your Windows Computer

  1. Download iCloud for Windows and install it on your PC.
  2. Open it.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  4. Select Backup.

Find on Your Mac Computer

If you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later:

  1. Click the Apple menu and then select System Preferences.
  2. Click Apple ID.
  3. Click iCloud.
  4. Click Manage.
  5. Select Backups.

If you are running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier:

  1. Click the Apple menu and then select System Preferences.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Click Manage.
  4. Select Backups.

Bottom Line

Where are iPhone backups stored? After reading this article, you should know the answer. On the other hand, if you want to recover your deleted iTunes backups, you can just try these two programs that we have mentioned in this post to perform an iTunes data recovery.

Should you have some other related issues, you can let us know in the comments. Besides, you can also contact us via [email protected].

iPhone Backup Location FAQ

How do I change my iPhone backup location?
You can choose to back up your iPhone data to an external hard drive. This article shows you how to do this: How to Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive on PC & Mac?
How do I retrieve photos from an iPhone backup?
You can use third-party software to retrieve photos from an iPhone backup. You can try MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to do the job. Here is a tutorial: Easily Extract Photos from iPhone Backup with These Ways.
How can I access my iPhone backup without iTunes?
Yes, you can access your iPhone backup without using the iTunes app. You can use MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to scan your iTunes backup and then this software will show you all the backup files. You can even select to save them on your computer.
How do I backup my iPhone without iTunes or iCloud?
You can use third-party software to back up your iPhone. For example, you can use MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, an iPhone data extractor, to scan your iPhone. Then, you can check the files you want to back up and then save them on your computer.
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