Where are iPhone backups stored? iTunes Backup Location PC/Mac

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Locate iPhone backup on PC or Mac

If you backup your iPhone using iTunes, the backup file is stored on your PC or Mac... but where?

Want to find your iTunes backup location, extract data from a backup, or restore your iPhone from a backup? You're in the right place.

iPhone backup location Windows PC:

Where are iPhone backups stored? On Windows systems, your iPhone backups are located here: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

To locate a list of your backups manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open your search box.
    • Windows 7: click Start
    • Windows 8: click the magnifying glass in the top-right corner
    • Windows 10: click the Search box next to the Start button
  2. Click inside the search box and type: %appdata%
  3. Hit Enter (Return) on your keyboard
  4. From here, open these folders: Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup

Your backups will now be listed for you as seen in the image below. Note that these files are not human-readable. If you need to view and access this data, skip to step 3.


iPhone backup location Windows PC

iPhone backup location on Windows PC

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iPhone backup location Mac:

Where are iPhone backups stored? On Mac systems, your iPhone backups are located here: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

To access this location, click in the menu bar, then type the address above.

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To find a specific backup, you can use iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. In the menu bar, click iTunes -> Preferences.
  3. Click the Devices tab.
  4. Control-click the backup that you want from the list.
  5. Click "Show in Finder".

Note that these files are not human-readable. If you need to view and access this data, skip to step 3.


iPhone backup location Mac computer or Macbook
iPhone backup location on Mac computer or Macbook

Recover data from your iPhone backup

As these backups are designed to keep your data safe, until needed for an iPhone restore, you cannot view and access individual items within the backup - e.g. if you want to copy out a particular photo album to your PC. If you'd like to browse your backups, and extract data from them to your PC, you'll need a third-party software like iBackup Extractor.

View and recover data from iPhone backup on computer
View and recover data from iPhone backup on computer - iBackup Extractor

If you should need to retrieve data from your iOS device backups, such as contacts, messages, photos and more, iBackup Extractor can do just that!

With iBackup Extractor you can even access and view the contents of iPhone backups on your computer FREE.

Download the free demonstration version of iBackup Extractor today, to see what you can extract from your backups to your computer.

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Restore iPhone from backup

There are many reasons that you'd need to restore an iPhone from a backup: Troubleshooting problems on your iPhone, data loss, and a broken/damaged device to name a few.

Here's how to restore an iPhone backup from your computer...

  • Open iTunes on the PC or Mac that you backed up your iPhone to.
  • Connect your iPhone with your USB cable.
  • Select your device icon in iTunes.
  • Click 'Restore Backup...'
  • Pick the backup you'd like to restore, and click 'Restore'.
Restore iPhone from backup
Restore iPhone from iTunes backup

If you run into any issues when attempting to restore a backup to your iPhone, Apple's iTunes guides are great!

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