You might not be aware that your computer actually storages a lot of old back-up caches, even can occupy 1/3 of your general storage. Especially the images taken from iPhone X or later version it may cause more space while the pixel is larger. Then you would wonder how could this possibly happen?
It is because every time your iOS device connects to your iTunes it creates a full back-up from scratch instead of adding new files to the existing back-up. Running out of your hard disk space will slow down your computer, disable other software running and causing no space for new files storage.
Now we know that the side effects of too much back-up storage, here this article will tell you how to locate iOS backups Stored on Mac/PC, then offer 2 solutions to help you perfectly release your computer’s space.
Method 1: 1-Click Delete Old iTunes Backups
As a very useful tool has been recommended by thousands of iOS users, iMyFone TunesFix aims at tuning your iTunes up, not only to keep your iTunes run at optimum, but also to fix any iTunes issues and errors. In this method, you can forget all the complex process before and just need a slight tap.
Key Features of iMyFone TunesFix
- Quickly auto-locate all the iOS backups, iTunes media files, used software updates.
- Accurately distinguishing iTunes back-up files, no need for any sequence searching.
- Even the third-party back-up files can be located by deep clean mode!
- 1-click enable you to selectively remove all iTunes useless files such as caches, cookies, logs, and junk files to release huge space.
- You don’t need to learn how to locate iTunes back-up files, you just need to determine which to clean; everything will be done automatically.
Only 3 Steps to Delete Previous iOS Backups on iTunes Quickly
- Launch iMyFone TunesFix and it will immediately examine your iTunes and its related components. If there is something wrong with your iTunes, it will allow you to fix the damage before proceeding.
- Once you’re in the home interface, click “Quick Clean” and the scanning process will commence.
Note: If you want to delete backups which were left by third-party program, correspondingly select “Deep Clean”.
- Once the scanning process is complete, TunesFix will display a window showing you all the iTunes files that are occupying your PC’s hard disk. You can mark the ones you want to erase, and click “Clean” to start erasing them. It will show how much space you’ve reclaimed at the end of the cleaning process.
Method 2: Manually Delete Old iTunes Backups
Before you proceed manual deletion you need to locate the back-up files first by searching.
To avoid ruining your recent iTunes backups, here’s what you should know:
- iTunes saves iOS backups in a folder, and the location of the back-up folder varies by operating system. Hence, you’ll need to follow this guide religiously in order to locate your old iTunes libraries.
- Extracting, renaming, relocating, or editing your recent back-up files may ruin them completely.
Guidence: How to Locate iOS Backups Stored on Mac/PC?
Locate your Old backups on your Mac (By spotlight)
Locate your old backups on your Windows 7, 8, or 10 PC
Now we come to specific steps of manual deletion:
From the name of the backups folder you have located as the guidance teaching you before, you have no idea which back-up is for which specific device (Your iPod, iPad & iPhone). Go to iTunes interface can check the back-up files more clearly.
- For Mac, go to iTunes > Preferences.
- Click “Devices”.
- Choose the old iTunes backups you would like to delete. You can have the detail of the backups by hovering your cursor over it.
- Click “Delete Backup”, then confirm.
For Windows 7, 8, or 10 PC User:
If you run Windows, removing old backups through folders is the only option. iTunes for Windows has no additional interface to remove old backups.
- 1. Open the folder of Windows stores backups located at:
And “%username%” is your Windows user account name;
- The first folder with no date stamp in the name is the latest backups. If you see other backups with various dates, select the ones you no longer need and remove them.
The other listing folders you see, each referencing a unique iPad or iPhone backups (if you’re a multi-platform user). You can’t directly read this data without third party tools, but to right-click on a given back-up and select Properties to view its size and date, from these info to estimate the files containing information.
- After deleting, close and reopen the iTunes Preferences window. The backups will no longer be listed in the Devices tab.
Disadvantages of manually deleting old iTunes Backups:
- The above method can clean up the old backups from iTunes but not include backups from the third-party software.
- Generally, it requires user to be very patient & cautious as well as very familiar with the files location and computer setting. But still exist the back-up residual from third-party software.
Now we strongly recommend you to consider the mentod 1 of using iMyFone TunesFix, you can not only wipe out the third-party backups cache but also very easy to operate without such a complex process. Warmly remind you that Tunesfix can auto-lacated the back-up files!
When you update the iTunes to the latest version or update/restore iOS with iTunes, it will generate software update files. Each iOS version is about 1GB and each iTunes version is at least 200MB. All the updates are left on your computer.Besides, iTunes creates useless files such as logs, cache, cookies, and other junk files when you use iTunes, which not only eats up space but also slow down your iTunes.
That’s why you should always clean your iTunes to keep it running at optimum! iMyFone TunesFix can gives you one-stop option to clean all these kinds of data in one place, download now and immediately to release your computer!