Where does iTunes store my iPhone backup file?

  1. panda

    panda Member Bronze

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    Can anyone tell me where in my laptop iTunes stores the backup file for my iPhone? Can that file be used to replace another iPhone backup? I've just re-redsn0wed my phone (after Restore) and it's becoming hugely frustrating trying to remember all my settings info (plus, I'm fundamentally lazy, I guess) so I'm hoping to use the old file to simply apply to the re-redsn0wed phone.
    I use 2g iPhone on 3.0.1 syncing on MacBook Pro on OS 10.5.8
    Many thanks.
     
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  2. KabaModern

    KabaModern Zealot Gold

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    Try here:
    ~Library/Applications Support/MobileSync/Backup
     
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  4. panda

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    Great thank you.
     
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  5. AeroCare

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    What about on a VISTA laptop?

    So what am I am backing up when I back up C:\users\carlos\music\iTunes ?

    Since I lost my laptop due to a hard drive crash last month I'm a little paranoid about backing up everything so it doesn't happen again or when it does I'll have my data current.

    Here's a worst case scenario : I drop and destroy my iPhone because I get so upset when I find out my laptop was stolen.

    What files or programs do I need to have a backup of so I can go buy another WINDOWS VISTA laptop, install iTunes, get a new iPhone and get everything back to how I had it before the disastrous day?
     
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  6. MileHighRob

    MileHighRob Zealot Gold

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    Aero, on Vista try here:

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

    AppData is a hidden folder by default. You may have to make hidden folders visible first, if you haven't already done so.
     
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  7. AeroCare

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    Got it, thanks!
     
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  8. Silvertiger

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    Is it possible to migrate a backup to another computer?

    My laptop is dying, and i'd like to move the backup to my desktop so i can restore my phone if necessary.. I did find the backup folders on the laptop, but they seem unique (folder names are very long and alphanumeric) .. can i just do a direct copy over into the same folder on the desktop and have them work?

    any pointers would be apprecaited.

    Thanks

    Silver Tiger
     
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  9. KKBarnett

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    So now that you know where to find the backed up files, How do you update your iPhone if iTunes doesn't give you that option. Please please please help me!
     
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  10. catlovesyou

    catlovesyou New Member

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    how do you find the backup file on a hp laptop
     
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  11. chris

    chris Administrator Administrator

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    Have you tried this, which was recommended above?

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
     
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  12. Sravani Mamuduru

    Sravani Mamuduru New Member

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    What about the PC with XP OS ? Where can I find the back up files... I tried the above "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup", but it is not working... Please help me out in this?
     
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