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Hello, I’d like to delete the iTunes backup of my old iPhone from my PC, but where is it? Could you please help me to find iPhone backup location?

Thanks, Emily

You have your Apple device that you want to back up regularly (wise decision). The first program you think of is, of course, iTunes! And we can’t blame you! What could be easier than using the native Apple program?
But iTunes backup is not ideal:

not an easy-to-use program;
no backup validation;
no info about the backup location;
impossible to choose a backup folder.

And now, for the first time in your life, you are interested in the question: where are iPhone backups stored? Maybe you have a backup, maybe not. How to check? But I assure you it is the best place to find the answers. Here we will show you different methods to see the iPhone backup location.


Where are iPhone backups stored

Use special software to locate them

The easiest and fastest way to find all your backups – let CopyTrans Backup Extractor search for them automatically. CopyTrans Backup Extractor searches for backups on your PC and iCloud for free!

Advantages of CopyTrans Backup Extractor

compatible with different backups: iCloud, iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee, or other programs;
find all the backups automatically;
save notes, messages and chats, and all the attachments;
free version allows you to see what the backup has.

Here is all that you need to do:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor.
    Find your backups for free!
  2. Run the program. If you also want to access iCloud backups, log in to iCloud as shown in the screenshot. Once ready, click Find Backups.
    Where are iPhone backups stored
  3. The program will then start searching for backups on your computer.
    iPhone backup location Windows 10
  4. Here are all the backups available to you on a PC or in iCloud.

    Local backups: click on the folder icon next to the backup entry to open the folder with the backup.
    iCloud backups: you cannot open them in a folder, but you can extract their contents to a PC using the very same tool.

    Where are iPhone backups stored on pc

How can I view iPhone backup files?

Usually, you cannot view the contents of an iPhone backup as it contains tech files that are not meant for the human eye. You may damage it beyond repair if you modify or remove files from the backup folder.

But good news. Using CopyTrans Backup Extractor, you can:
find iPhone backups on your computer or in iCloud;
extract iPhone data (photos, messages, calendars, voice memos) from a backup to a computer*.
*Please note that extracting data from a backup is a paid feature.

So, to view iPhone backup files on your PC:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  2. Perform an automatic backup search with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, as described above.

  3. You will see a list of all available backups: choose the one you need. If you are extracting data from an iTunes backup, you may be asked for a backup password. What password?

    ☁️ iCloud backups will be marked with a cloud icon. They are never password-protected.

    Enter the backup password in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  4. Choose the type of data you need, then select the destination folder.
    Select the destination folder with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  5. Wait while all the data is being downloaded to your PC.
    Extracting data from an iPhone backup to computer with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  6. Once the extraction is finished, you can view the contents of your iPhone backup in the chosen PC folder.
    view iPhone backup files on computer

CopyTrans Backup Extractor can extract:

Contacts: vCard (separate files)
Calendars: ICS
Notes: HTML

Images: HEIC, PNG, JPG, and JPEG
Videos: MOV and MP4
Messages: PDF (attachments in a separate folder)

… and has a chance of dealing with a backup even if part of it is corrupt.


If you don’t like your experience with iTunes, there is always an alternative. Check out CopyTrans programs: they can do as much as iTunes, and even more.

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Manage iPhone contacts, messages, notes, and calendars on your PC

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iPhone backup location Windows 10

Bet you didn’t know that iTunes backups are made automatically every time you connect your iPhone to iTunes and sync (if you have not turned on iCloud Backup). These backups can take up several gigabytes of space on your PC. Therefore, it is better to delete old iTunes backups from time to time. But first, you should find your iPhone backup location!

⚠️ Please be warned ⚠️

iPhone backup content cannot be viewed on your PC.
If you modify or remove files from the backup folder, you may damage it beyond repair.
However, you can use CopyTrans Backup Extractor to save the files to your computer. The backup will stay intact!

Where does iTunes store backups?

By default, iTunes backups are stored in MobileSync > Backup.

  • On Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, and Vista iTunes backups may be stored in

    C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

    or

    C:\Users\Your user name\Apple\MobileSync\Backup\

  • In Windows XP, the path is
    C:\Users\Your user name\Application Data\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Also, you can find backups using the search box:

  1. Open your search box:

    Windows 10 and 11: click the Search box next to the Start button.
    Windows 8: click the magnifying glass in the top-right corner.
    Windows 7: click Start.

  2. Type in the search box: %appdata% (yes, with the percent sign) and press Enter.
  3. Open Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.

or

  1. Type in the search box: %userprofile% and press Enter.
  2. Open these folders: Apple > MobileSync > Backup.

iTunes iPhone backup location
how to find backups on pc step two

Note: If you have previously made backups with CopyTrans Shelbee, they will be displayed in the same folder (unless you’ve changed it).

Note 2: If you can’t find the backup folder that might be because the AppData folder is hidden. You need to enable Show hidden files and repeat the procedure.

Where does iTunes store backups on Mac?

Here’s iPhone backup location: /Users/*YOUR USERNAME*/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

To locate the folder manually, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click Go > Go to Folder … in the top menu bar.
  2. Write or copy and paste this: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

how to find backups on mac step one
how to find backups on mac step two

Alternatively, if you want to find a specific backup, do this with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier:

  1. Open iTunes > in the menu bar choose iTunes > Preferences > click Devices.
  2. Click on the chosen backup while holding control and select Show in Folder.

With macOS Catalina 10.15 or later (which does not have iTunes anymore):

  • In Finder, under the General tab, click Manage Backups.

How to find iPhone backup

On your iPhone

You can find iCloud backups manually on your iPhone, PC, or Mac.

On your iPhone:

  • iOS 11-16: go to Settings > Your name > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.
  • iOS 10.3:, go to Settings > Your name > iCloud. Tap the graph that shows your iCloud usage, then tap Manage Storage.
  • iOS 10.2 and earlier: go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.

how to find icloud backup on iphone

On your PC: open iCloud for Windows > click Storage > select Backup.

On your Mac: go to Apple menu > System Preferences > click iCloud > click Manage > select Backups.

Here you go, you have found your backups!

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If you want to manage an iOS device, CopyTrans offers you many options:

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Find iPhone or iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

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Where are iPhone backups stored on PC

Short version

To sum up, it just takes a few quick steps to find iPhone backup location on the PC:

  1. Run the app.
  2. Log in to iCloud and search for backups on the PC and iCloud.
  3. Wait until the search is complete.

Nice, quick, and easy, don’t you think? CopyTrans Backup Extractor searches for backups in several entities and does so seamlessly.

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