Where does iTunes store its backups?

Aidan Fitzpatrick

By Aidan Fitzpatrick

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Under OS X, iTunes will store backups in /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup.

Under Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 iTunes will store backups in \Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup.

The Microsoft Store version of iTunes stores its backups in \Users\[USERNAME]\Apple\MobileSync\Backup.

Under Windows XP, iTunes will store backups in \Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup.

Our blog provides this information in more detail.

There's a simple way to easily find this folder: the free edition of iPhone Backup Extractor will show you the default backup folder (and let you change it) with a click or two:

iPhone Backup Extractor's Preferences pane showing backup locations
iPhone Backup Extractor's Preferences pane showing backup locations

About the author

Aidan Fitzpatrick founded Reincubate in 2008 after building the world's first iPhone data recovery tool, iPhone Backup Extractor. He's spoken at Google on entrepreneurship, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation's Leadership Academy.

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