Location of iOS backups made by iTunes on PC and Mac

A lot of you might be interested in finding the default location where iTunes stores the backup of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch app data and settings. The table below summarizes where these backup files are located under Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X.

iTunes automatically backs up your iPhone app data, settings, game saves, and even documents each time you sync the iDevice with your PC or Mac computer.

itunes backup iphone to this computer

The locations where iTunes keeps your iPhone backup files complete with app data and settings are as follows:

 

Physical location
Windows 8 \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows 7 \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows Vista \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows XP \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Mac OS X ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

 

Notes:

  • To quickly access the Application Data folder in Windows XP, click Start, and choose Run. Type %appdata% and click OK
  • To quickly access the AppData folder in Windows Vista and 7 click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press the Return key.

The backup files themselves are useless as they are encrypted and meaningless unless you choose to restore back the backed up information to another iPhone. iTunes backups of your iPhone that you initiated manually are also stored in the same way.

ios backup files on windows 7 pc

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