iTunes does not create IPSW files

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by john5171, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011

    I have the latest version of iTunes and I keep backing up my iPhone, but when I check

    C:\Users\myname\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

    The folder is empty.

    How do I find the IPSW files?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    But updating from a fresh IPSW will not preserve my settings, contacts, etc.

    How do I create a backup of that to move it to another phone?
  4. macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Wrong directory. Not sure of the real one, but I know if you look in the advanced section of iTunes settings you can find what's being backed up and possibly where they all reside.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    I searched my entire computer for IPSW files and none found. Itunes however, creates backups fine.

    Where can I find those iTunes backups of my iPhone and apply them to a new iPhone device?

  6. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Backup files are not saved as .Ipsw files.
    That's just the firmware only.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Exactly. Backups are sort of iTunes "library" files that just save certain app information and such. It has nothing to do with IPSW files.

    When you restore the new phone, it will ask you to set it up as a new device or restore from a backup.

    Restore from backup and you're good.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    Just to add to this answer to help you find the correct folder tree

    By default, backups are stored in the following folders:

    Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    Windows Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    Ok, thanks for the advice.

    How do I restore when setting up a new phone?
    If I click restore in iTunes it says it says that it will revert to factory settings, but when I shift click restore it asks for a IPSW file.

  10. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It will ask you to setup as new or from backup after the restore is complete. Not before you restore.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    clicking restore will download the newest available version of the firmware and install it fresh on the phone.
    clicking update will do the same, but (in most cases, depending on which firmware it is) will retain all the data on the phone
    shift clicking restore is a bit more of an advanced feature (for people like geniuses, devs, and jail breakers) allows you to personally select which software bundle (.ipsw) you want the phone to use to update and restore

    however, after either restore method, the iPhone has to be set up again in iTunes. When doing this process, one of the questions you are asked is wether you would like to set the phone up as new, or restore from a backup. If restoring from a backup, you will be presented with a drop down box of every backup you have on your computer (for any iOS device, so you could put an iPod touch backup on an iPhone, for example) in a list with dates, with the most recent one defaultly selected. You can choose which backup to use, and then let iTunes work its magic

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