Andrew Coles
Posted by Andrew Coles,

Each time you connect your iPad or iPhone with iTunes, iTunes updates a backup on your computer of all your contacts, text messages, calendar, notes, call history and app data.

If you've accidentally deleted some of the information from your device and are hoping to recover it, this backup can be a great help. If you're in this situation, don't sync your device. Syncing may delete the information from the backup too.

So where are iPad/iPhone 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, 6, 7 or 8 installed.

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


1. For Windows XP, Vista and 7, go to the start menu and open the 'RUN' application.

Open run application on Windows

For Windows 8, move your mouse on the top right corner and click on 'Search'. Then type 'RUN' and open the app.

Open RUN app on Windows 8

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


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

Open the terminal application

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

open ~/Library/application\ support/mobilesync/backup

Find iTunes backups on MAC

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

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

Windows 7

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

Windows 8

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

Mac OS X

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

To see and extract data stored in your backup, why not download the free iPhone Backup Extractor?