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Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

My iPhone 5 is completely wiped, and there isn't a history of my latest backup listed in iTunes, however, I can see a backup on my can i restore my iPhone with my backup that isn't listed in iTunes?


Thanks in advance!

iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.4
  • rdr4lfe Level 2 (345 points)

    Windows comp, hold down Shift when clicking restore and select the destination

    Mac comp, hold down Option when clicking restore and select the destination

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    backup will not show up in iTunes although i know its on my computer. Know any third party tools that might help?

  • amy_lou Level 4 (1,550 points)

    where is it on your computer?

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

  • rdr4lfe Level 2 (345 points)

    Move the file to your Desktop and then hold Option and click restore inside of iTunes. The User Library is normally hidden so you won't see it in the finder window without showing hidden files. Moving it is the easiest fix.

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    I moved the newer update to the desktop, it then there was no option for me to click restore, as if I couldnt click it or there wasn't a backup. I moved the backup back and then I could click restore. Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 11.03.48 AM.pngScreen Shot 2013-06-14 at 11.04.03 AM.pngScreen Shot 2013-06-14 at 11.03.21 AM.png

  • rdr4lfe Level 2 (345 points)

    If you moved your file to the desktop, when the finder window opens, select desktop and then choose your file. Does it show up there?

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,085 points)

    The OP is asking about the backup of the iPhone, NOT the operating system file. Your approach will not work for a backup, and now that the OP has followed your directions he or she has all but eliminated the possibility of restoring the backup.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,085 points)

    If the backup is where it belongs (in the MobileSync folder) there should be a button "Restore from Backup" on the Summary page when you click on the iPhone's name in iTunes. You need the latest version of iTunes (11.x) installed.


    If iOS needs to be restored also restore it with the Restore iPhone button; when the restore is done it will restore any valid backups that are in the MobileSync folder.

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    moved the file to the desktop and it does show up in the finder. I do have the latest version of itunes.


    After moving the backup with nothing on it to the dekstop it still wont show up in the list.Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 12.16.53 PM.png

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    It does show up in the finder.

  • Miis Luna Level 1 (0 points)

    also what dos OP mean?

  • rdr4lfe Level 2 (345 points)

    Select the file and restore from that point. I'm sorry if I misunderstood what you were asking to do, given another person added on to help. I hope it works for you, also, OP means Original Poster

  • Rbenachour Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Everyone, I was having this issue and just solved it. My iphone 4s was not showing any backups except for the most recent one. This was horrifying because the most recent backup was made as soon as I connected my phone to the computer. So I could not backup to a time that would have been useful, but instead could only update to right now--when my phone was messed up and useless!! So, to correct thisI I went to

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

    In that folder I found two backups. One from 6 months ago that I wanted and one from today when I plugged in my phone (ps-deactivate the automatic synch option because it will automatically override your past back ups...)

    Here is where it gets a little bit complicated, but still managable even for a novice:

    If iTunes tells you there are no back ups but there are more desirable backups in the backup folder, then click "back up now" and a new clean functional backup will be created (of course not with the data you want, but we will get to that) . Now go to the backup folder and open the folder that was just created by Itunes. Skip next step.

    If itunes is only showing the most recent back when you click "Restore Backup" but in the backup folder but there are more desirable backups, open up the folder of the most recent (non-desireable) back up folder.

    Now that your folder (latest backup) is open you will see a very long list of files. At the very bottom of the file list you should find this file:


    Open the file info.plist, that is an xml formated file. Copy all the text from the begining all the way up through


    Now, with that info on your clipboard, close this file and go back to the backup folder. Now open the back up that you actually want (the older one that is not showing up in itunes). In that folder you will also find the Info.plist

    Open that file and delete everything all the way through "<key>IC-Info.sidv</key>"and then paste what you copied from the other file.

    Now save the file and close it.

    Open up iTunes. You should now be able to see the older backup version that you wanted to backup to but that ****** *** itunes would not let you see before.

    Sounds complicated, but is pretty easy actually.

    Good luck!

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