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Question: where does my MacBook store backups of my iPhone and iPad?

Where does my MacBook Pro store the backups from my iPhone and iPad Pro?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012), iOS 11.1

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Go to iTunes. Look under iTunes>Preferences>Devices


It should have all the backups listed by the name of the device with time of last backup, and maybe additional ones that have been archived. From there you can right-click on any particular backup and one of your options is "Show in Finder". This is the preferred way because the actual name of the backup folder is some inscrutable, long set of random alphanumeric characters.


You can also archive any existing backup such that they don't get overwritten by new backups. For anyone looking at the Windows version of iTunes, there is no way to do this in that version.

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Mar 4, 2018 6:56 AM in response to bogayogi In response to bogayogi

Go to iTunes. Look under iTunes>Preferences>Devices


It should have all the backups listed by the name of the device with time of last backup, and maybe additional ones that have been archived. From there you can right-click on any particular backup and one of your options is "Show in Finder". This is the preferred way because the actual name of the backup folder is some inscrutable, long set of random alphanumeric characters.


You can also archive any existing backup such that they don't get overwritten by new backups. For anyone looking at the Windows version of iTunes, there is no way to do this in that version.

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