How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

iTunes backup location

iTunes saves backups to a Backup folder and backs up only certain iOS data such as app files, settings and camera roll photos from iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch each time you sync. The location of the Backup folder depends on the operating system. So, where are iTunes backups stored?

To locate iTunes backup folder on Windows 10, 8, 7:

  1. Find the Search bar:
    • In Windows 10: click on the Search bar next to the Start button. In Windows 8: click on the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner. In Windows 7: click on Start.
  2. In the Search bar, enter %appdata% or %USERPROFILE% (if you downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store).
  3. Press Return.
  4. Double-click on these folders: “Apple” or “Apple Computer” > MobileSync > Backup.

Alternatively, go to: \Users\*Username*\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.

To locate iTunes backup folder on Mac: Click on the magnifier icon in the menu bar. Type or copy and paste this: ˜/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ Press Return.


How to Automatically Change the Backup Location in iTunes

If you think that using Command or Terminal codes are a bit too complicated for your taste, then you can download apps to do the job for you. CopyTrans Shelbee for Windows 10 and iPhone Backup Extractor for iOS can be used to do this process automatically. This will entail downloading another application to your computer, but if typing in directory codes isn’t your cup of tea, then at least you have an alternative.

Copy Files With External Devices

HomeGroup is not available in Windows 10, so tho

HomeGroup is not available in Windows 10, so those with that OS (and Mac users) will have to find an alternative method to copy files between two different machines. You can copy them from the source PC to an external device, then copy them over to the target computer. Another option is to use a USB cable to connect both computers and copy the files over. If your library isn’t too large, you can always copy it to and from an online file storage site such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, or Box.

Change where imported files are stored

You can change where your iTunes media files are stored.

Important: For best results, don’t change the location of the iTunes folder or the folders inside it.

  1. In the iTunes app on your PC, choose Edit > Preferences, then click Advanced.

  2. Click Change, then select a new location for your files.

    From now on, new songs and other items you import will be stored in the new location. Songs you’ve already imported stay in their current location.

    Tip: If you want to now move your current files to the new location. see Consolidate your files in the iTunes folder.

To go back to storing imported files in the iTunes folder, choose Edit > Preferences, click Advanced, then click Reset.

How to Change the iTunes Backup Location on Mac

If you’re using a Mac, the process will be similar to Windows. You’ll also have to create a symbolic link to trick iTunes into redirecting its backup files. The process for doing this on iOS is as follows:

  1. From your Dock, open the Finder app.Click on the Go Menu.
  2. Click on the Go Menu.Select Go to Folder from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Go to Folder from the dropdown menu.In the pop-up window, type in ~/Library/Applicatio
  4. In the pop-up window, type in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync.Rename the folder that you find there. You can als
  5. Rename the folder that you find there. You can also delete or move this if you want to, though deletion isn’t recommended as this will remove all previous backups.Open a new Finder window. You can do this by press
  6. Open a new Finder window. You can do this by pressing Command + N on your keyboard. Go to the place where you want to redirect your backup files then create a new backup folder there.Open the Terminal App, you can access this by goin
  7. Open the Terminal App, you can access this by going to Applications > Utilities.Type in sudo ln -s “target” ~/Library/
  8. Type in sudo ln -s “target” ~/Library/Application\Support/MobileSync/Backup replacing “target” with the address of the folder you want your backup files in, and press Enter.Type in your admin password when prompted.
  9. Type in your admin password when prompted.A symbolic link will now be created in the iTunes
  10. A symbolic link will now be created in the iTunes backup directory. Performing a local backup will redirect the files to your specified location.

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