How to Change iPhone Backup Folder Location on Windows 10/8/7

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2020-03-16 / Update for  iTunes Backup

Running out of drive space is a common problem when an Apple device backup is done using iTunes. The default directory for iTunes is in the C: Drive, the system partition. This can pose a problem if you regularly install software or save files on the desktop and the Windows system partition starts filling up. Since the iOS backup size is always increasing, it's only a matter of time before the C: partition runs out of space. The result is an annoyingly sluggish PC performance. At this point, you can either save your iTunes files to an external hard drive or change iTunes backup location to another drive partition. Herein is a guide to modify iPhone/iPad/iPod backup location on Windows 10/8/7 and earlier versions.

Part 1: Where is iPhone backup stored

1. On Windows

By default, iTunes backup location is in the following directory if you're using Windows:

Users(username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

2. On Mac

All you need to do is to go to the Finder. It is easy to find iTunes backup location on Mac. Just press the "Option" button, select "Go" and then select "Library". The default path is: Users/[Your user name]/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup for the Library

If you do not see the Library folder, don't worry as it might be hidden. All you need to do is to go to iTunes, select Preferences and then right click the Backup file. You will now be able to see the files.

Part 2: How to Alter iPhone Backup Storage Location

1.For Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Vista and Windows XP

Many people don't know where iTunes backup is stored. The default storage location for Windows XP is "\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\". Backup files in the rest of the Windows versions are stored in "\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ ". Files can't be directly saved to another location. In order to change iTunes backup to another location, you'll need to follow these steps;

1. First, create a folder on another drive partition like D: drive. Rename it to a suitable name like "New_Backup." You can as well create the new backup folder on an external hard drive, flash drive or thumb drive.

2.You also have to rename the old backup file by typing "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\Mobile Sync" and renaming the "Backup" folder to "Old Backup" or wherever you want to change iPhone backup location. On some computers, the location for the Apple Computer folder can be different, and you should double-check the file paths.

windows command prompt

3.Next, we open Command Prompt by holding down the SHIFT button and right-clicking the current folder's (\MobileSync\) explorer pane.

4.On the menu that appears, select "Open command window here". This is for adding the symbolic link.

open command window

5.Enter the following text in the command prompt box:

mklink /J "%APPDATA%\AppleComputer\MobileSync\ Backup" "D:\ New_Backup" and after pressing Enter, you will get a success message from a command prompt that a new junction has been created.

windows command prompt

6.Delete the old backup file that you renamed to "Old Backup" to free up disk space in the C: drive. Connect your iPhone to the PC and try an iTunes backup using either a cable or a WiFi connection. The backup files will now be stored in "D:\New_Backup".

2. For Mac OS

Step 1. First, check the size of the Backup folder. Click iTunes icon and select 'Get info' to see the size. The size can be as much as 6 GB or more.

Step 2. Type the following code in the command prompt (that you can bring up by clicking Command+Shift+G):

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/

Step 3. Now, Copy the Backup folder to the external drive. You can name the external drive as 'External'.Rename the original backup folder to say BackupOld.

Step 4. Launch the terminal. Now, enter the following code in one line.

Ln -s /Volumes/External/iOSBackup/ ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

tep 5. You need to properly check that the link is working properly by opening the following link in the Finder:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/.

Part 3: iPhone Backup Password Issues

Sometimes doing a backup can be impossible if you forgot iPhone backup password. If this is the case, you can download Tenorshare 4uKey - iTunes Backup on your PC to perform iTunes backup password recovery.

iPhone Backup Unlocker decrypts iTunes password using three methods: brute force, brute force with mask attack and a Dictionary Attack. It has a simple and understandable process where the backup file is imported, and the user is prompted to choose a password attack type. Clicking on "Start" begins the decryption process. The steps to recover the password are illustrated on the user interface, and anyone can follow them. After this, the password is recovered.

import encrypted itunes backup

This is all about how to move iTunes backup to another location and how to crack iTunes backup password if you happen to forget it. Share this article if it's helpful.

  Updated on 2020-03-16 / Update for  iTunes Backup

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