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A terrible thing happened: you lost your iPhone. But you are a responsible IT-user and you do backups once a week. Well, at least once a month. Okay, you did a once-in-a-lifetime backup a year ago and you are not even sure about it. Anyway, you want to restore the data to your new iPhone. And now, for the first time in your life, you are interested in the question: where are iPhone backups stored? Maybe you did a backup, maybe not. How to check it?
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Here’s what you can do:

Find all backups on PC CopyTrans Backup Extractor

This is the easiest and fastest way to find all your backups: the program will do everything automatically. You only need to take two steps:

  1. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor by clicking the button below and then install the software.
  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Run the program: it will start searching for all iPhone backups that are stored on your PC.
    Now wait a little bit…
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  5. That’s it! Searching for backups took a couple of minutes and now all your backups are in one place, sorted by date.
  6. Now you can click on the round button with a folder icon to show your backup in File Explorer. You can also delete unneeded backups or move them to the folder of your choice.
  7. View the backup in folder

Find your iPhone backups in iTunes folder

I bet you didn’t know: 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 them!

Where does iTunes store backups on PC?

In short, if you make backups via iTunes, all your iPhone backups are stored here: MobileSync > Backup.
How to get there? The path will be a little bit different depending on the operating system.

  • In Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista you have two options: go to

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

    or

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

  • Under 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: 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. In the search box type: %appdata% (yes, with the percent sign) and press Enter;
  3. Open Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup

or

  1. In the search box type: %userprofile% and press Enter;
  2. Open these folders: Apple > MobileSync > Backup

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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 backup folder that might be because the AppData folder is hidden. You need to enable “Show hidden files” and repeat the procedure again.

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Where does iTunes store backups on Mac?

Here’s where iTunes stores all your backups: /Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

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

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

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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 > сlick “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.

Find iCloud backups automatically

If you haven’t found any local backups on your PC, there is still one more trick to pull. There is a chance that your iPhone had been backed up to iCloud. Maybe you even had automatic backup feature enabled? In any case it never hurts to check. You can just as easily search for iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

  1. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor by clicking the button below and then install the software.
  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Then launch the application and choose to “log in to iCloud for more backups”.

    Log in to iCloud with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  4. You will be asked to enter your iCloud credentials. Put in your Apple ID and password.

    Enter Apple ID and password to access iCloud backups

  5. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you will also be sent a verification code. Please enter it as well.

    enter the verification code

  6. Wait while CopyTrans Backup Extractor is searching for your iCloud backups…

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  7. Done! Your iCloud backups will now be shown alongside with the backups on your PC. The cloud backups are marked with the cloud icon. You can now extract them to your PC.

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Find iCloud backups: manually

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

On your iPhone:

  • iOS 11-13 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.

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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! But Instead of important contacts, memorable messages, photos of your favorite dog you have incomprehensible backup files. To extract your files from the backup to your PC, use CopyTrans BackupExtractor.

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Vlada is a tech support specialist who believes that the world is beautiful as long as it has dogs, Tarantino movies and mom's pancakes.