Whether it’s Mac or Windows, it always becomes difficult to find out the exact location of iPhone backups on computers. If you are a new iPhone user, you will surely lose your patience while trying to find these backup files.
But don’t worry!
In this post, you will learn where the iPhone backups are stored in Windows 10 as well as some useful tips to use the backup files on your Apple device. So, let’s get started.
Find iPhone Backup Location in Windows 10
As you know, Apple stores all iPhone backups in a secret location on your Windows 10 computer. This way, the backup files remain secure from being deleted unintentionally by you or someone else using your PC.
So, where are iPhone backups stored in Windows 10?
Here’s the path –
That’s the path you need to use to be able to get access to the iOS backup files.
Just make sure you change (your_username) to appropriate username folder name on your computer. Everything else is pretty much the same for all users.
In case you have installed Windows 10 on some other drive, you will need to change the “C:” drive to that drive name.
If you are also using a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC at your home, you can use the same path to find these files.
Apple has kept the location of backups same in Windows computers so that users can access these files quickly.
Steps to find iPhone Backups in Windows 10
Not comfortable with the above path?
No problem! You can use these simple steps to locate the backups in Windows 10 –
- Click the Search bar available near the Start button.
- Type %appdata% in the Search bar and hit Enter on your keyboard.
- Click to open Apple Computer.
- Go to MobileSync.
- Select the Backup folder to view the securely stored backup files.
So, there you go! That’s how you can get access to the iPhone backup files.
Steps to access iCloud Backups in Windows 10
Apart from the iTunes backups, you can also access to the iCloud backup files on your Windows 10 PC.
Of course, these files are not stored in the same place where you find iTunes backups. You will need to look for them in a different location of your PC.
Here’s how you can locate iCloud backups in Windows 10 –
- Open the iCloud for Windows app.
- Click on the Storage option.
- Select Backup.
This is where you can find your iCloud backups!
How to access iPhone Backups on Mac Computer
I’m sure you must be curious to know the backup storage location on Mac as well.
In Mac, Apple has provided a slightly different path to get to these files.
Here’s the path –
Now, use this path on your Mac computer and check out the available backup files for your iPhone and other iOS devices.
Want to know more about the backup files? Take a look at the following FAQs section –
1. How can I use these iPhone backup files?
Well, in most cases, you can use these files to restore previous data on your iPhone.
If you have deleted any files or wish to reset your iPhone for some quick fix, the backup file can restore your device to the previous state. This way, you don’t have to start from scratch when you reset all settings on iPhone.
Many users make this mistake when they perform a hard reset on their iPhones, which is not a great thing to do if you don’t want to lose all your data.
You should always backup your iPhone before changing any settings or deleting the data.
2. What files can be restored using iPhone backups?
There are no. of files that can be restored using the backup file of your iPhone.
Just to give you an insight, here is the list of files that may be available for your iPhone’s restore process –
- Call Data
- Calendar Data
This is the list of files that can be recovered from iPhone backups. If you have deleted photos or videos, you can recover them using the backup files on your Windows PC or iCloud account.
3. Why do I see the iPhone not backed up message on my device?
Well, the iPhone not backed up message suggests your device needs to be back up soon.
If you haven’t backed up your device for a long period, you will receive this message on your screen.
Of course, it’s not a permanent message or error on the screen. You can either remove it by making some space on the device (deleting some unnecessary files) or purchasing extra space from Apple’s iCloud account.
The choice is up to you!
Once you make some space for the new files on your device, the message will disappear in the next moment.
4. Can I change the iPhone backup location on my Mac or PC?
You can’t change this location on your computer.
Even if you manage to change it somehow, it won’t be an ideal thing to do. It’d create a lot of confusion when you try to look for new backup files in future.
5. Can I transfer iPhone backup files from one computer to another?
Yes, of course!
There is no locking mechanism to block you from transferring the files from one place to another.
You can go to the backup location using the above steps and copy the desired file to a USB or portable Hard Disk.
Later, you may paste the same file to an appropriate location on another computer.
For some users, you might require admin access to your computer to perform this task. Without administrator access, the file transfer may not take place at all.
6. What’s better – iTunes Backups vs. iCloud Backups?
Both the backup processes have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In iTunes backups, you don’t have to worry about the size of the backup file, as it gets stored on your computer. On the other hand, you get limited free space on iCloud service to store your files.
The biggest advantage of iCloud is its feature that allows you to back up files without connecting your iPhone to another device. You don’t get the same facility with iTunes backups.
So, like I said before, both the services are pretty good in their own ways. You just need to pick one that suits your pocket.
With that said, let’s end this post here. I hope you find the location of iPhone backup file in Windows 10. For more tips and tricks, do subscribe to our weekly newsletter.