Big folders in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

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  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

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    By coincidence I found several big folders in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. Some of these folders are several gigabytes big and several years old.

    What are these folders and why are some of them so old? Can I delete the olders ones?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Those are your iOS device backup files. If they're old and you have newer versions, you can delete them with no problem.
     
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  5. AppleP59 macrumors 6502

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    Is it the WHOLE iPhone / iPad etc backed up?

    As I still have backups from 2011, could I restore my iPhone to it's 2011 state?
    With iso 4 etc?!
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    It's only your data. You can't restore an old version of iOS this way.
     
  7. Bomb Bloke macrumors regular

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    Nor can you restore your apps.

    It's generally better to remove such backups using iTunes. Check the Devices tab under Preferences.
     

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