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How to Find iTunes Backup Files on Mac | Windows

Where does iTunes store backups? If you backup your iPhone/iPad via iTunes, how do you know where does iTunes store its backup files? This tutorial will show you how to find and view iTunes backup files on Mac and Windows PC.

Part 1: Find iTunes | Finder Backup Files on Mac

Finder and iTunes save backups to a Backup folder. The location of the Backup folder varies by operating system. Though you can copy the Backup folder, you should never move it to a different folder, external drive, or network drive. Don't edit, relocate, rename, or extract content from your backup files, because these actions might ruin the files.

Option 1: Go to Backup Folders from Search bar

Step 1: Click search bar in the menu bar

Step 2: Type or copy and paste this: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Step 3: Press Return. It will open the folder that contains the iTunes backup files.

Find iTunes backup files on Mac

Tips: The "~" represents your Home folder.

Option 2: Locate a specific backup

On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open the Finder. In Finder, under the General tab, click Manage Backups to see a list of your backups. From here, you can right-click on the backup that you want, then choose Show in Finder, or you can select Delete or Archive

locate a specific backup on Mac

On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes. Click your device.

Step 1: In iTunes, click iTunes in the menu bar, and then choose Preferences.

Step 2: Click Devices.

Step 3: Click the backup that you want, then choose Show in Finder.

Show in Finder

Step 4: The selected iTunes backup will be highlighted, so you can find it easily.

View iTunes backup files on Mac

Part 2: Find iTunes Backup Files on Windows PC

You can display iTunes backup folders in Windows Explorer, make sure hidden files are visible in Windows Explorer, here's how to show the hidden files in Windows 10

Then navigate to C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

You can use these steps as follows:

Step 1: Click Start, then locate to search bar.

Step 2: In the Search bar, enter %appdata%, press Enter.

Step 3: Double-click these folders: Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.

You will see the list of backup files made in iTunes.

Locate to iTunes backup folders