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To remove iTunes device backups on Windows computers, follow these steps...

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select the Edit menu in iTunes and choose -> Preferences.
  3. Click the Device tab.
  4. Choose the Backup you wish to remove and click on Delete Backup, as shown on the screenshot below.
  5. Repeat the process for any other listed backups of your iPhone.

Delete device backup in iTunes


To delete iTunes device backups on Mac (macOS 10.14 and lower), follow these steps...

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select the iTunes menu in the program bar and choose -> Preferences.
  3. Click the Device tab.
  4. Choose the Backup you wish to remove and click on Delete Backup.
  5. Repeat the process for any other listed backups of your iPhone.

To remove device backups on Mac (macOS Catalina 10.15 and higher), follow these steps...

Apple discontinued iTunes in macOS Catalina and replaced it with the Music app. As such, to manage your iOS device's backups in macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder.

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Connect your iPhone and click it from the list on the left.
  3. Click "Manage Backups"
  4. Choose the Backup you wish to remove and click "Delete Backup", as shown on the screenshot below.
  5. Repeat the process for any other listed backups of your iPhone.
Delete iPhone backups in Mac Finder

How to remove iOS device backups in iCloud

If you backup your devices using iCloud, you can delete these backups easily from your Mac...

  1. In your Mac toolbar at the top of your screen, hit the Apple icon, and select System Preferences...
  2. Click on the iCloud icon from the list
  3. Here you'll see all of your iCloud settings. Click Manage...
  4. You'll see all of your iCloud content here. Click on the Backups tab on the left-hand side to see all of your backups from devices which are linked with your iTunes account.
  5. Select the backups you wish to delete, and click Delete
  6. A pop-up will now show allowing you to confirm that you are happy with the deletion. Once happy, press Delete
Delete device backup in iCloud

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Occasionally, TouchCopy may read from a previous backup rather than creating a new one. For this reason, you will not be able to access your new data since the previous backup was created. Following the steps in this article ensures that previous backups are deleted, forcing TouchCopy to create a new backup of your device to read from. This new backup will have all of your new data ready to access and copy.

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