iPhone Backup File Location

Top 5 Questions on iPhone Backup File Location

2013-05-10 17:29:33 / Posted by Shawn Hamilton to iPhone Tips
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As a fancier of Apple’s iPhone devices, like iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or even the upcoming iPhone 5S/6, you would encounter problems about backup files, say you don’t know how to backup files, where is iPhone backup file location, how to recover data from iPhone backup file location, etc. Here we list top 5 questions you may be interested in about the location of iPhone backup files and offer you all-round information.

Question 1. Where is the iPhone Backup File Location on Mac and in Windows?

When you backup iPhone data with iTunes, iTunes will store all of your iPhone files and identify information to a specific directory in locations according to different operating systems.

ⅰiPhone Backup location on Mac OS X

On Mac OS X system, your iPhone files are backed up at this location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Note: The “~” symbol represents home directory, where all of your other personal documents are stored.

ⅱLocation of iPhone Backup Files in Windows 8

iPhone backup file location in Windows 8 is at:

Users>USERNAME>AppData>Roaming>Apple Computer>MobileSync>Backup

Note: By default, iTunes chooses the above location to save backup in Windows 8. You may have to enable option “show hidden files and folders” under “Appearance and personalization”.

ⅲ iPhone Backup Location in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

In Windows 7 and Vista, iPhone backup files are stored at:

C:\Users\uer\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

ⅳ Location of iPhone Backup Files in Window s XP

Windows XP stores all of your iPhone backup files at:

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Bckup

Question 2. How to Create or Update iPhone Backup File?

When you connect iPhone to iTunes and initiate the sync, a backup is the first step that occurs during the sync. A new backup is created automatically if none already exists, or the sync updates an existing backup.

Alternatively, you can also make a backup at any time without syncing: right-click your iPhone in the Devices section in iTunes, select Back up from the contextual menu.

Question 3. What is Stored in iPhone Backup

After you backup iPhone with iTunes, your iPhone data are stored in backup location. Here is the quick list of what is exactly stored in iPhone backup:

Question 4. What Are the Files Displayed in iPhone Backup File Location?

The filenames of iPhone in iTunes are encoded, so they appear as strings of letters and numbers as the following table shows.

Contents Real Filename Filename in iPhone Backup File Loc
SMS Sms.db 3d0d7e5hf3de28888e4dsk38790fde
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31dbb7ab897o-23904dna09304iske
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 204147d46dhaqk4u53490kj309540f
Reminders Calender.sqlitedb 204147d46dhaqk4u53490kj309540f
Notes Notes.sqlite 2b2b008sjioe3534kdshj396349m454
Locations Consolidated.db Removed from iTunes backup, not iDevice

Question 5. How to View and Recover Files from iPhone Backup?

To protect iPhone Data, Apple makes iTunes backup a kind of SQLITEDB file, which does not allow you to directly access and preview any backup files. This arouses much inconvenience if you want to select some important files to recover. But don’t lose heart. iTunes Data Recovery can help you clearly view and recover any file from iTunes backup by extracting contents in location of iPhone backup files.

Here is the simple guide on how to view and recover iPhone backup file.

With all the questions clear, you can better handle what you want to deal with iPhone backup file. You are warmly welcome to consult with us if you have any other problems.

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