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How to Find iTunes Backup Location

First released on Jan. 09, 2001, iTunes has been the best media management software for Apple users and also the best management software of iPhone, iPad and iPod. We make iTunes backup files for our iPhone to avoid data loss. Everytime we sync our iPhone with iTunes, it will make a backup file automatically and save the backup file on our computer. We can use the iTunes backup to restore iPhone. Have you ever asked where is the iTunes backup saved on our computer and how to find iTunes backup location? In this article, we will show you where iTunes backup locates on both Windows and Mac computer.

Part 1. iTunes Backup Location on Mac

For Mac users, iTunes is pre-installed on their computer when they purchase their computer from Apple Store. You can use iTunes to manage your media files on your Mac and also the media library for your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

You can easily find the iTunes backup on your Mac in the following location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

mac itunes backup location

Part 2. iTunes Backup Location on Windows

For Windows users, you need to download iTunes from Apple’s official website and install on your computer. You can easily find the location of iTunes Backup as follows:

1. Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

2. Windows Vista/7/8:
C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

windows itunes backup location

Tips: The iTunes backup file is default hidden, so you need to enable “Show Hidden Files” when you want to check the iTunes backup files on Windows.

How to Scan and View Data in iTunes Backup File

As the iTunes Backup is encrypted so even you find the location of it, you can’t check the data in your iTunes Backup File. You need to use iPhone Data Recovery software to analyze iTunes iPhone backup file and view the data.

Step 1. Find iTunes Backup File

Run the software on your computer and select the second option on the main interface “Recover from iTunes Backup Files”. You will see all the iTunes backup files on your computer listed here. You just need to choose the one you want to check.

itunes backup list

Step 2. Scan and View iTunes Backup File

Click “Scan” button, the software will scan your iTunes backup file and classify the data in it. Once it finishes the scanning, you will see all the all the data in your iTunes Backup file.

scan result

If you want, you can even recover data from iTunes backup file or restore iPhone from iTunes Backup.