How to Delete iTunes Backup on PC/Mac? 4 Ways!

It is always wise and safe to create regular backups in iTunes. This ensures you do not lose data in case of data reset or failure. Thanks to iTunes, it is very easy to back up your data every time you connect your iPhone to your computer system.

This feels good until all of a sudden there is not enough disk space on your storage. At this point, you realize that you have to manually delete iTunes backup to free up disk space.

Why We Want to Delete iTunes Backups?

As already mentioned, backups of iOS devices can consume a lot of disk space, especially if you have to synchronize multiple devices on a single Mac or PC. Many users do not even look for the iTunes preferences to keep records of their backups, this makes them store old backups from old devices which they no longer make use of.

By removing this backup from iTunes, you will save a large chunk of disk space then simplify your future backups.

How to Delete iTunes Backup Files on Mac

If you deleted a previous iTunes backup on your Mac, you’d know there are two ways to do it. The first method is to do so directly from iTunes, and then the second is to delete the files from its location on your Mac device.

1 Directly Delete iTunes Backup on Mac

To delete an iTunes backup, you must first open the program. Find the preferences option then click on it. Now click Devices and select the backup file you want to delete. Click “Delete Backup” and confirm.

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2 Delete iTunes Backup from Application Folder on Mac

Deleting your backup of iTunes from your computer may also be done manually by removing it from its immediate location. Go through the following path on your Mac: Library> Application Support >MobileSync > Backup. Although the names of the file may seem strange, you can check the date they were created to decide which files to delete.

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How to Delete iTunes Backup Files on Windows PC

1 Directly Delete iTunes Backup on PC

Open your iTunes on a Windows computer, then go through to Edit and then to preferences. Go to the Devices tab and select the backup files you want to delete. Then click “Delete Backup” and confirm.

1 Delete iTunes Backup from Application Folder on PC

On your Windows PC, finding the application folder is a bit more complicated because some of these files can be hidden. The easiest way is to access this path: Users > Username > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.

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If you want to find it manually, click the Start button then type the following into the search bar: % appdata%. Then press “Back”, open Apple Computer> mobile sync, and then finally “Backup”. Delete any unwanted backup files.

What to Do If iTunes Can’t be Backup iPhone

The main reason of the problem:

  • Outdated iTunes (Make sure your iTunes is up to date)
  • Bad USB port and a Lightning cable
  • Too many backups

Method 1: Repair iTunes Backup

iMyFone TunesRescue is an iTunes repairer and cleaner which helps to fix all iTunes issues and errors. It is used to clean iTunes data, release space and also improve your iTunes performance. It will come out soon.

  • Repairs Backup when iTunes cannot backup your iPhone
  • Helps to clean iTunes quickly, delete iTunes caches, cookies, logs and many junk files
  • Clean iTunes deeply: delete iTunes backup, iTunes update files and many media files
  • One-click uninstall iTunes completely and leave no junk behind
  • Fix many iTunes problems and error to give you a better iTunes using experience

Method 2: Backup iPhone via iTunes Alternative

If you are wondering how to backup iPhone without iTunes, then iMyFone TunesMate iPhone transfer would be the best recommendation. It can be used to backup iPhone media files and this is done without any limits and no iTunes error.

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Key Features:

  • Support almost all the media files, backup music, videos, photos and 10 more different file formats.
  • Backup iPhone media files to iTunes/computer and can restore from iTunes/computer to iPhone.
  • Backup both purchased and non-purchased media files.
  • With it, you can transfer files to/from iTunes even without opening it.
  • It helps to rebuild iTunes media library with the backup on any device.

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How to Back up your iPhone with iMyFone TunesMate:

Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to your computer using a recognized USB. Open you TunesMate app and allow it to load.
Step 2: If you want backup iPhone music to computer, then you can select “Music” mode, ley it load your music.

Export to PC

Step 3: Select the music you want to backup, and click “Export>Export to PC”.

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Step 4: From the pop-window, select the location to save it on your computer.