Where does iTunes store my iPhone backup file?

Discussion in 'iPhone Jailbreak' started by panda, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. panda

    panda Member

    Mar 15, 2008
    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.
  2. KabaModern

    KabaModern Zealot

    Mar 31, 2008
    Try here:
    ~Library/Applications Support/MobileSync/Backup
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  4. panda

    panda Member

    Mar 15, 2008
    Great thank you.
  5. AeroCare

    AeroCare Zealot

    Jul 16, 2009
    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?
  6. MileHighRob

    MileHighRob Zealot

    Jul 16, 2008
    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.
  7. AeroCare

    AeroCare Zealot

    Jul 16, 2009
    Got it, thanks!
  8. Silvertiger

    Silvertiger New Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    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.


    Silver Tiger
  9. KKBarnett

    KKBarnett New Member

    Dec 17, 2009

    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!
  10. catlovesyou

    catlovesyou New Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    how do you find the backup file on a hp laptop
  11. chris

    chris Administrator

    Jun 10, 2006
    Have you tried this, which was recommended above?

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

    Sravani Mamuduru New Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    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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