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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 have a backup, maybe not. How to check?
Bill Murray gonna need backup meme

Here’s what you can do:

Find iPhone backups on PC or in iCloud automatically

The easiest and fastest way to find all your backups: let CopyTrans Backup Extractor search for them automatically. Here is all that you need to do:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

    If you need help installing the program, refer to the installation guide.

  3. Run the program. If you want to access iCloud backups as well, log in to iCloud as shown in the screenshot. Once ready, click on “Find Backups”.
    Find iPhone backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  4. The program will then start searching for backups on your computer.
    Where are iPhone backups stored? Find all the backups on computer and in iCloud
  5. Here are all the backups available to you on 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 PC using the very same tool.

    Backups found by CopyTrans Backup Extractor

How can I view iPhone backup files?

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

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 computer;

So, to view iPhone backup files on your computer:

  1. Perform an automatic backup search with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, as described above.

  2. 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 and they are never password-protected.

    Enter the backup password in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Choose the type of data you need, then select the destination folder.
    Select the destination folder with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  4. Wait while all the data is being unloaded to your PC.

    Extracting data from an iPhone backup to computer with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  5. 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:

⭐ Photos
⭐ Contacts
⭐ Messages (in PDF)
⭐ Notes

⭐ WhatsApp messages (in PDF)
⭐ Voice memos
⭐ Calendars

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

Find iTunes backups manually

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!

⚠️ 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 Exractor 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 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: 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

how to find backups on pc step one
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 backup folder that might be because the AppData folder is hidden. You need to enable “Show hidden files” and repeat the procedure again.

if you dont see appdata folder

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/

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 > 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 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.

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!

⚠️ 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 Exractor to save the files to your computer.
The backup will stay intact!

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