How to move iPhone backups from Macbook to external drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by giasha, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. giasha macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2015
    I have only backed up my iPhone once to this MacBook and it is already taking up 47GB of space. I have googled how to move the backup onto an external hard drive and have seen many posts with similar suggestions, involving typing in coding into Terminal such as:

    ln -s /Volumes/<Your External HDD name>/MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup

    ln -s /Volumes//Documents/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup

    But different websites suggest slightly different codes and as someone who has never edited Terminal or anything, I'm quite worried about doing something wrong. Could someone please walk me through this?
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Go to FInder --> Go menu --> Go to folder... --> Type in "~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup" --> Move whatever you want to your external hard drive --> Delete them through iTunes.
  3. giasha, Sep 28, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2015

    giasha thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2015
    Once I have moved the file to my external hard drive is it safe to delete the backup from my computer? (I don't think the Terminal coding worked)

    I don't know how to check that it has worked- what will I do if I ever need to restore an iphone to that backup?
  4. Evren Carven macrumors regular

    Evren Carven

    Dec 16, 2014
    You'd better move the backup files to the external hard drive manually. Before you delete it, you can move it to trash firstly to check if it is safe. And then you can empty the trash. If you want to restore your iPhone with the backup, you should copy them back to the location and then restore with iTunes.
  5. Melodeath macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    If you need to backup again, it will create another 47GB folder if you don't move the original back to where it was.

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