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3 simple ways to find iPhone backup location on Mac

Where are iPhone backups stored on Mac?

iphone backup location

Despite iTunes backup feels old school, it’s still the favorite way to back up iPhone for many iOS device users. If you have ever synced your iPhone, your iPad or other iOS devices to iTunes by connecting it to your Mac, you have backup folders stored on your users folder. But most people never bother to find their iPhone backup location on their Mac until they really need it. In this article, we’ll show you where to find your iPhone backups on your Mac.

iPhone Backup Location

Where is my iPhone backup on my Mac?

Your iPhone backup location is buried into a directory on your Mac. Regardless of what version of macOS you Mac is running, all backup files are backed up and stored at the following location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Method 1

You can locate your iPhone backup location by clicking on the Search icon (magnifying glass) located on the right of the menu bar. Then, copy and paste the following command: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ 

A window will appears on the screen with your most recent backups. As you can see, my last backup was September 26, 2019.

iphone backup location

Method 2

Alternatively, you can open a Finder window, click on “Go” located in the menu bar, then scroll down and click on “Go to Folder”. You could also simply hit “Command + Shift + G” on the keyboard.

The preference box with an input field will pop up on the screen, type in the following command: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

iphone backup location

Method 3

You could also find your iPhone backup location while you’re on iTunes. Click on “iTunes” in the upper left corner of your Mac, then click on “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

From the window that appears on the screen, you’ll see all of your currently stored backups. Hold down the “Control key” and click on a specific device. Then, click on “Show in Finder” from the list of available options to locate the location of your iPhone backup. You can delete or archive your backups if it’s what you desire.

iphone backup location

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