How to Change the Storage Path of iPhone Backup Files and How to Delete the Backups

Usually, you don’t have to know about the accurate location of iTunes backup files because iTunes will show them for you automatically. But what if you purchase a new computer and want to transfer the backup files from the old PC to the new one, you have to know the location of the backup files so that you can have a copy for them. This article will show the following several parts:

Part 1: The location of your iPhone backup files

1: The location of your iTunes backup files

If you are a Windows user, you can find your iPhone backup files under the path just as below according to your operating system:

Note: In order to show the hidden folder, you should enable “show hidden files” firstly. Just open an arbitrary folder, go to “Tools->Folder Options->View”, and then enable “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

For XP: C:Documents and SettingsusernameApplication DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

For Vista: C:Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

For Windows 7: C:Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

For Windows 8, 8.1: C:Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

For Windows 10: C:Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

(The “C:” means the system drive of your computer.)

You can open an arbitrary folder and input the path above into the address bar and then tap the Enter key, to access to the target path quickly.

If you are a Mac user, you should go to “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/” and view all your iPhone backup files there.

2. Location for iCloud backup files

As to iCloud backup files, since they are all saved in the remote storage, you cannot find iCloud backup files on the computer but can still view them very easily.

To Mac users, you have to go to “System Preferences” under Apple menu, and go to “iCloud” and click “Manage” Menu.

To Windows users, just click Start| All Programs| iCloud| iCloud and then choose “Manage”, if you are using Windows 8, you can find the relevant title in the Start Window.

Besides, you can also view the backup data directly on your iPhone. Just go into Settings->iCloud and then choose “Storage & Backup”.

Part 2: Change the storage path of iTunes backup files

Since you know where your backup files are, you must wonder how to change the default storage path and save your backup files in other places so that you can save more space for your system drive. This is not really complex. Here are the steps:

For Windows XP:

  • 1) Close your iTunes. And you have to download the junction utility from the Internet.
  • 2) Extract the junction utility, and copy “junction.exe” to your username folder.
  • 3) Go to the path which saved your iTunes backup files, copy all the backup files to other places.
  • 4) Click Start, click Run and input “cmd” into the text box, then tap the Enter key.
  • 5) Now the command prompt will pop up, now you have to create an NTFS junction point. Input below commander and tap Enter key:
    Junction “C:Documents and SettingsusernameApplication DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup” “(the new storage path you want)”
  • 6) Now back up your iPhone file with iTunes once, and go to the new storage path to check whether the new backup file is saved there.

For Windows Vista/7/8:

  • 1) Go to the location of the iTunes backup files, and copy all the files into the new backup storage path you want.
  • 2) Both tap Windows and R, and input “cmd” into the popping-up textbox, and then click Ok.
  • 3) Now command prompt will pop up. Input the commander just as below and tap Enter key:
    mklink /j “C:UsersusernameApp DataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup” “(the new storage path you want)”
  • 4) Backup your iPhone file with iTunes, and go to the new storage path to check whether new backup file is saved there.

For Mac OS X:

  • 1) Exit iTunes, and go to the iTunes backup location and copy all backups to the new storage folder.
  • 2) Launch Terminal and enter the command prompt. Input the commander just as follows:
    ln -s /Volumes/External/Backup/ ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
  • 3) Back up your iPhone file with iTunes, and go to new storage path to check whether the new backup data is saved there.

Part 3: How to delete iTunes backup files

Although backup files can give you a chance to get your important data back after deleting them by accident, too many backup files may also waste the storage space. In this case, you may need to delete some files which are already out of date and make room for the new backup files. As to iCloud backup files, deleting the useless backup files in time is also very important. As we know, your iCloud storage is limited and precious, so you have to delete some out-of-data backup files or you may not have enough space to back up your iPhone anymore.

Since you have known where your iTunes backup files are, deleting them can be very easy. Just go into the storage folder of iTunes backup files, and choose what you want and delete them directly. As to deleting backup files in iCloud server, you can just finish the task on your iPhone: Just go “Settings”->”iCloud”->”Storage& Backup”->”Manage Storage”, and then select the backup you want to delete, and then tap “Delete Backup”.

Part 4: How to recover iPhone data without any backup files

Deleting backup files is really easy, but if you just deleted certain important backup which contains your precious personal files by mistake, and you just want to use it to restore your iPhone, it can really be a great disaster. Just in case, you have to know how to retrieve the lost data without backup files as well. Actually, there are some methods to get the deleted data back without backup files, and the easiest way is to choose a well designed tool to help you.

iMyfone D-Back is such an iPhone recovery tool. It can help you recover the deleted data such as contacts, SMS text messages, music, pictures, videos and so on from an iTunes or iCloud backup files, or even from iPhone directly:

  • 1) Just download iMyfone D-Back and install it on the computer, then connect your iPhone to the computer as well using the USB cable.
  • 2) Switch the software into “Recover from iOS Device” mode, and after your iPhone has been detected, click “Start” and the software will find out all deleted data on your iPhone.
  • 3) You can view all the lost data now, just select all you want, and click “Recover”, all your lost important data will be back later.


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