'Mobile Sync' folder?

jgw1283

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Original poster
Aug 6, 2007
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Tempe, AZ
On my mac I found the mobile sync folder that is over 35gb! There are four different folders within the backup folder and all have different dates, some dating back to 2010. When I pull up backups in itunes it only shows I have one backup. If I were to delete any of the folders within the mobile sync folder is that going to mess anything up?

would love to save some HD space
 

Daveoc64

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Jan 16, 2008
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Bristol, UK
On my mac I found the mobile sync folder that is over 35gb! There are four different folders within the backup folder and all have different dates, some dating back to 2010. When I pull up backups in itunes it only shows I have one backup. If I were to delete any of the folders within the mobile sync folder is that going to mess anything up?

would love to save some HD space
If your iOS device is functioning correctly and you are satisfied that it has all of the data on it that you need* (such as App settings/documents, your iOS Settings etc.), then you could:

1) Delete the contents of the backup folder*
2) Connect your iPhone to iTunes and perform a sync (it's best to use USB for this)
3) Right click the phone in the iTunes Sources list on the left hand side
4) Click on "Back Up"
5) This will ensure that you have a back up of your iOS device as it is RIGHT NOW*

At the end of this, you should end up with only a single backup folder that is much smaller.

You could also consider backing up to iCloud:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4859


* - I just want to emphasize, that you should really be sure that there's nothing contained in these old backups that you want/need.
 

Daveoc64

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Jan 16, 2008
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Bristol, UK
anyone know?
We can't answer that for you!

The backups would simply contain:

Settings
Application data - e.g. saved games in games, documents in Apps etc.
Photos taken on the device

Only you can decide whether any of that is actually important to you.