Andrew Dancy
Posted by Andrew Dancy,

This post was updated in February 2016

If you deleted by accident some information from your device and hope to recover it, iTunes backup can be a great help. If that’s the case, don't sync your device. Syncing may delete the information from the backup too.

iTunes backups happen automatically, each time you connect your iPad or iPhone with iTunes (if you didn’t turn on the iCloud Backup option), or manually, when you right click the device in iTunes and choose ‘’Back Up’’. They are saved on your computer and contain important data, such as contacts, text messages, calendar, notes, call history and app data.

How to find iTunes backup

So where are iPhone or iPad backups stored? It depends on which operating system your computer is using - although the default backup location is the same between iOS and iDevice, whether you have an iPhone or iPad and whether you have an iPhone with iOS 5 to 9 installed.

Here's how to find where iTunes stores your backups on your PC or Mac.


1. For Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, go to the "Start" menu and open the "Run" application.

Open RUN app on Windows 8

For Windows 10, click on the "Start" button, type "Run" and open the "Run" application.

Open RUN app on Windows 10

2. Copy and paste the following file path, into the "Run" application:

"%Appdata%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup"

Click ’’OK’’ and Windows will open the folder where iTunes has saved your backups.

Find iTunes backups on Windows 10


1. Open the "Terminal" application. Use "Spotlight" to easily find it.

OS X terminal search selection

2. Copy and paste this path, into the Terminal:

open ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

How to find iTunes backup on OS X

Type enter, and you should be able to find all the iTunes backup stored in your default backup folder.

Here's the folder path where iTunes saves your backups, by operating system:

Windows XP

\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10

\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Mac OS X

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

Replace USERNAME with your personal account name.

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