“I was just wondering where my iPhone backups are located on my Mac’s hard drive. I don’t want to overwrite them and would very much like to save them. Does anyone know?”
Backing up your iOS device on your Mac is common. Yet, most people don’t know the location of the backup file. It can be very important to find out where the backup file is on your Mac because sometimes you may need to save it or even delete old backups to make space for new ones. Whatever the reason, this article will help you discover the location of your iOS backups on your Mac.
1. iTunes Backup Location on Mac
When you back up your device on iTunes, the backup file is stores in a folder marked ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. Follow these simple steps to find this folder and locate your iTunes backup files.
Step 1: Open the Finder window in Mac and type ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.
Step 2: Finder will then open the folder and you’ll be able to see all the backup files in that folder.
If you’d like to know which device is associated with a particular backup file, you’d have to find out in iTunes. Just launch iTunes and then go to the Preference menu. Here, select “Device” and you’ll see a list of all devices you’ve backed up in iTunes and the dates the backups were created. You can then Ctrl-click on a backup and select “Show in Finder.”
2. iCloud Backup Location on Mac
If you would like to find your iCloud backups on your Mac, the process is quite simple. Simply follow these simple steps.
Step 1: On your Mac, choose the “Apple Menu” and then select “System Preferences.”
Step 2: Click “iCloud”>“Manage” and then “Select Backups” and you should be able to see all the iCloud backup files associated with that account.
3. How to View iPhone Backup on Mac
Of course, it is impossible to view the contents of any iPhone backup whether iCloud or iTunes. If you’d like to get the data back, you would have to restore the backup which can often take too long to complete and sometimes even cause data loss problems. The truth is, it is actually possible to view the contents of an iTunes or iCloud backup. But you would require the services of a third-party tool.
The best third-party tool to help you do that is iMyFone D-Port Pro. This program gives you the unique ability to view and even extract data from an iTunes or iCloud backup, a factor that may come in handy when you need to get some data out of the backup without restoring the whole backup. Some of it’s features include the following.
- You can export up to 18 different types of data from any iOS device, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
- It gives you easy access to iTunes or iCloud data even if you don’t have the device.
- Supports to backup your iPhone entirely or merely backup WeChat, WhatsApp, SMS.
- Supports to restore only WeChat, WhatsApp, SMS from iMyFone/iTunes/iCloud backup.
How to View iTunes Backup Using iMyFone D-Port Pro
To use D-Port Pro, download and install it on to your computer and then follow these simple steps to view the data in an iTunes Backup file.
Step 1: Launch the program and from the Extract Data from Backup tab, choose the iTunes backup file you want to view and then click “Next” to continue.
Step 2: On the next screen, the type of data you want to view and then click “Next.” This will reduce the time it takes to extract the data. If you want to see all data, you can simply “Select All.”
Step 3: When the scan is complete, you will see all the data on that iTunes backup. You can select some of the data and click “Extract” to save them to your computer.
How to View iCloud Backup Using iMyFone D-Port Pro
To see what data is in a particular iCloud backup file, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: To begin, select “Extract Data from Backup” and if the iCloud backup you want to view is not in the list, click “Download iCloud Backup” at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: You will then need to log in to your iCloud account to gain access to the backups in that account.
Step 3: Once logged in, select the backup you would like to view and click “Next” to continue.
Step 4: In the next window, select the type of data you want to view. This is just to make the process move a long quicker. If you need to view all the data, simply ensure “Select All” is checked. Click “Next” to continue.
Step 5: The program will begin scanning the selected backup for the data requested. When the scan is complete, a list of the data in that backup file will be displayed in the next window. You can go ahead and select the ones you want and click “Extract” to save them to your compute.
4. How to Delete iPhone Backup on Mac
You may need to delete old backups on your Mac to create space for new backups. Deleting old backups can also be one of the ways to fix an error code that may arise when backing up your device. The following is a simple way to delete an iTunes or iCloud iPhone Backup.
How to Delete an iPhone Backup in iTunes
Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and in the menu bar go to iTunes > Preferences
Step 2: Go to “Devices” and here you will see a list of the backups made on that computer.
Step 3: To delete a backup, you will first need to select the backup you want to delete. You can hold down the Command key on your keyboard and click on multiple backups to select more than one.
Step 4: Click on “Delete Backup” and in the popup window that appears, click “Delete” to confirm the action.
How to Delete an iPhone Backup in iCloud
Step 1: In the menu bar on your Mac, click on the Apple icon and then select “System Preferences”
Step 2: Click on the iCloud icon.
Step 3: Click on the “Manage” button at the bottom of the page to load your iCloud content.
Step 4: Here, select the iCloud backups you would like to delete and click on “Delete.” Click “Delete” again in the popup that appears to confirm your action.