5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2011 11:55 PM by mary mary
bob152 Level 1 Level 1

Where does itunes store backups from my iphone?  I want to make an extra copy somewhere else incase my computer should crash.


Im using windows.


I read somewhere that they are stored in c:\users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup


Is that accurate?  All thats there is a couple of folders with ridiculously long names like 5e696f1ad14e411680c85415db7d8e6b8ab348273 and inside there are a bunch of small files with similar garbage names.  Are these the backups?  I thought the backup was a single file like an .ispw file or something?


Can somebody confirm?


If I want to take this backup and make a copy of it and then use it again (say my computer crashes or I get a new one or whatever) how do I go about it?



iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.2
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10

    Your backups are stored here:


    iTunes places the backup files in the following places:

    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
    • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\


    It is an SQLite data base. If you want to copy your iPhone backup, copy the entire folder. Read more here:



  • slipstream2011 Level 1 Level 1

    Im having trouble backing up my iphone 4 in Win7.


    I have looked at the folder location but dont have \MobileSync as a folder in \Apple Computer. I only have the following folders



    \iphone Carrier Support

    \iphone Software updates

    \iphone updater logs

    \iTunes Plug-ins


    and a seperate file



    Please can someone advise on where my back up is located so I can delete and create a new one.


    Thanks in advance



  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10

    Turn on "Show all Hidden Files & Folders".

  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7

    total commander is a good file navigator for windows so you feel explore is troublesome with hidden files and the likes

  • mary mary Level 1 Level 1

    Location of iPhone backup iniTunes


    On MAC

    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/


    On Windows XP

    \Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\


    On Windows vista and Windows 7

    \Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\