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Old Nov 7, 2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Where are my iPhone Backups stored on my Mac's HD?

Hey there, just wondering where the location is of my iPhones backups created by iTunes on my Mac's hard drive?

Id like to save them and not overwrite a certain one.

Also, does it matter what OS was on the phone at the time of the backup? I figure that one may of been from like IOS 4.2 - would that be able to be restored to a phone now on IOS 5?

Thanks
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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From putting "iphone backup location" into Google:

http://osxdaily.com/2009/09/11/iphone-backup-location/ says:

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Windows: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
or C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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Hey there, just wondering where the location is of my iPhones backups created by iTunes on my Mac's hard drive?

Id like to save them and not overwrite a certain one.

Also, does it matter what OS was on the phone at the time of the backup? I figure that one may of been from like IOS 4.2 - would that be able to be restored to a phone now on IOS 5?

Thanks
I believe in the following location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

I'm away from my Mac so I can't confirm but I'm guessing others will chime in.
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 04:03 PM   #4
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Yeah that location is what I googled, however in Macintosh HD / Library / Application Support I dont have a folder called MobileSync?

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Even if I type MobileSync into Spotlight it doesnt show anywhere on my HD?
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by deeddawg View Post
From putting "iphone backup location" into Google:

http://osxdaily.com/2009/09/11/iphone-backup-location/ says:

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Windows: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
or C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
Well played, sir.
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Old Nov 8, 2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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@james-bailey: Don't forget the ~ in the beginning, that shortcuts to your user directory.

~/Library is a "hidden" area, to get to it you need to use "Go to Folder" from Finder, either via the Go->Go to Folder menu item or Shift+Command+G keyboard shortcut and put ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ into the popup box.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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@james-bailey: Don't forget the ~ in the beginning, that shortcuts to your user directory.

~/Library is a "hidden" area, to get to it you need to use "Go to Folder" from Finder, either via the Go->Go to Folder menu item or Shift+Command+G keyboard shortcut and put ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ into the popup box.
Thanks for the help
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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@james-bailey: Don't forget the ~ in the beginning, that shortcuts to your user directory.

~/Library is a "hidden" area, to get to it you need to use "Go to Folder" from Finder, either via the Go->Go to Folder menu item or Shift+Command+G keyboard shortcut and put ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ into the popup box.

doesn't seem to work for me, I have tried finding it using various approaches

just backed up my iPhone 4S... used several GB so it is somewhere
on the HD

Eeeeek ! :-/
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 03:54 AM   #9
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doesn't seem to work for me, I have tried finding it using various approaches

just backed up my iPhone 4S... used several GB so it is somewhere
on the HD

Eeeeek ! :-/
Me, either. Why's Apple gotta change stuff like this, and not make you aware? It's like, you leave your house for an hour, come back, and discover a celebrity home redesigner has swept in and rearranged all your furniture, you can't find your shoes, all your books have been exchanged for ones in different languages, and you're pretty sure that's not your dog.
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Old Mar 30, 2013, 01:15 PM   #10
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I think a number of people are confusing

/Library with

~/Library

The ~ is a shortcut for the current logged in users home directory.
eg /Users/<userdirectory>

The backups are in a subdirectory of the Users directory not in the global system wide library
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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Thanks to your detailed instruction (and the details about how to open a hidden folder), I have found the old backup that I need. However, it doesn't show up in iTunes as an option to use to restore my iPhone. How can I use the old backup? All my contacts randomly disappeared, and they're not on the most recent backup in iTunes because it created a new backup as soon as I connected it to my computer. Thanks for any suggestions!!
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Old Jul 26, 2014, 08:29 AM   #12
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@james-bailey: Don't forget the ~ in the beginning, that shortcuts to your user directory.

~/Library is a "hidden" area, to get to it you need to use "Go to Folder" from Finder, either via the Go->Go to Folder menu item or Shift+Command+G keyboard shortcut and put ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ into the popup box.
Thanks. I was able to delete my latest backup which iTunes said was corrupt. I also noticed I had backups as far back as 2009 taking up GBs of space. I deleted the earliest few. I noticed my iphone and iPad both backed up to this same area.
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Old Aug 23, 2014, 02:01 PM   #13
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im also trying to find my iPhone back ups. however, as you can see, i don't seem to have "mobile sync" in my application support folder.

any one else have this problem? solution?
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