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How to Find and Change the iTunes Backup Location in Win 10: A Complete Guide

Nov 27, 2020 • Filed to: Backup Data between Phone & PC • Proven solutions

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“Where is the iTunes backup location in Windows 10? I can’t seem to find where the iTunes backup folder in Windows 10 is!”

As I stumbled upon this query, I realized that so many people couldn’t seem to find the iPhone backup location in Windows 10. Since many iPhone users commonly use iTunes to back up and restore their data, it is important to know where your files are stored. Not just that, if you want, you can change the iTunes backup location in Windows 10 as well. This post will let you know how to manage your iPhone backup location in Windows 10 like a pro.

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Part 1: How to Backup and Restore your iPhone with iTunes?

Needless to say, to manage your iPhone with iTunes, you first need to understand how to back up or restore your device. You might already know that iTunes is a freely available desktop application developed by Apple to manage our iOS devices. Since iTunes is not user-friendly, many people find it hard to back up and restore their data.

If you have also encountered a similar issue, follow these steps to backup/restore your data via iTunes.

Step 1: Back up your iPhone via iTunes

At first, connect your iPhone to the system with a lightning cable and launch an updated iTunes version on it. Now, select your connected iPhone from the devices section and go to its Summary tab.

Here, you can click on the “Back up Now” button under the Backups section in the Summary tab. Just make sure that you are taking the iPhone backup on “This Computer” and not iCloud.

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Step 2: Restore iTunes backup to iPhone

If you want to restore the saved iTunes backup to your iPhone, then follow the same drill. Once you have connected your iPhone, launch iTunes, and go to its Summary > Backup section.

Now, instead of Backup, select the option to “Restore Backup”. This will open a pop-up window, letting you select an existing backup file and restore it to the connected iOS device.

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Important Note:

When we restore an iTunes backup to our iPhone, the existing data on the phone is deleted (that is, the device is restored via iTunes backup). The backup file's iOS version should also match with your iPhone for the backup to be restored successfully.

Part 2: How to Find the iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10?

Now when you know how to back up and restore your iPhone data via iTunes, let’s get into more details. If you want, you can easily check the iTunes (iPhone) backup location in Windows 10. Not just that, there are some methods to change the iTunes backup location in Windows 10 as well. To manage your Windows 10 iTunes backup location, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Check the iTunes backup file location in Windows 10

Please note that by default, the iTunes backup folder in Windows 10 is located at [USERNAME] > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.

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Therefore, you can open Explorer and navigate to this Windows 10 iTunes backup location to check it. Here, you can first go to your Windows Drive (which is C: in most cases), visit your username’s directory, and browse to the above path.

Step 2: Change iPhone backup location in Windows 10 (optional)

Besides that, you can also change the backup location in Windows 10 for iTunes. For this, you first need to maintain a second copy of the iTunes backup file and create another directory in the Windows Drive to save the backup.

To change the iTunes backup location in Windows 10, launch the Command Prompt as an administrator. Afterward, use the “cd” command to go to the Windows 10 iTunes backup location and enter the following command.

mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “c:\newitunesbackup”

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Here, we have used the make-link (mklink) command to link the new and old iTunes backup location in Windows 10. I have created a folder “newitunesbackup” that you can replace with the location and the name of your folder in the command.

Part 3: The Best Alternative to iTunes to Backup/Restore your Data

As you can see, even after knowing the iTunes backup folder Windows 10 location, managing it can be tough. That’s why many iPhone users look for a smarter way to back up and restore their data. For this, you can take the assistance of Dr.Fone – Phone Backup (iOS). It will let you back up your entire iOS device to your computer and restore your data to your chosen device with just a single click.

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  • With just one click, you can take a backup of your photos, videos, audios, contacts, call logs, bookmarks, and so much more to your computer.
  • There is a provision to maintain different versions of backup files instead of overwriting your data.
  • The application also lets us preview an existing backup's data on its interface and selectively restore it to our phone.
  • You can restore the saved Dr.Fone backup to the same or any other device with no compatibility issues.
  • The application can also restore an iTunes, iCloud, or Google Drive backup to the target device.

To backup and restore your data with the help of Dr.Fone – Phone Backup (iOS), you can follow this basic drill:

Step 1: Backup iPhone Data to the system

To start with, launch the Dr.Fone toolkit, open the Phone Backup module, and connect your device. From the provided options, choose to backup your iPhone data.

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Now, the application will display an extensive list of various data types that you can save. Here, you can select what you wish to include in the backup or select all files.

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That’s it! You can now click on the “Backup” button and wait for a while as the application would back up your data to the computer. When the process is completed, it will let you know to go to the location where your backup is saved and check it.

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Step 2: Restore a previous backup to your iPhone

The process for restoring an existing backup to your iOS device is also pretty simple. Once you connect your iPhone and launch the application, select the “Restore” feature from its home.

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You can view various options to restore a backup from different sources to your iPhone from the sidebar. Choose to restore Dr.Fone backup files to get a list of the available backup options.

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After selecting and loading a backup file, its content would be displayed on the interface under different sections. You can preview the data here, select what you wish to get back, and directly restore it to the connected device.

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I’m sure that after reading this guide, you would be able to know the iTunes backup location in Windows 10. I have also provided a smart solution to change the iPhone location in Windows 10 in this post. If you wish to manage your iPhone data more efficiently, use Dr.Fone – Phone Backup (iOS). It will let you back up your iPhone data to your computer and extract it to the same or any other device without any unwanted hassle with just a single click.

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