How to change iTunes backup location in Windows 10

If for some reason you want iTunes to backup iPhone to a different location, you can use a workaround to change iTunes backup location in Windows 10.

Change iPhone backup location in Windows 10

When you backup iPhone to computer with iTunes, the backup of iPhone will be safely stored in a specific location on your computer.

When you restore iPhone from a backup, iTunes automatically switches to the location of iPhone backups stored on your computer and allows you to choose any iPhone backup available on your computer.

While most users are satisfied with this mysterious setup, some users want to know the exact location of iTunes backup in Windows 10 and some want to change iTunes backup location to desktop or external drive.

In our experience, it is not recommended to change iTunes backup location to an external storage drive as it is known to corrupt backup files and cause iPhone restore problems.

Changing the iTunes backup location to Desktop or another location on the computer should work fine, but nothing is guaranteed (use at your own risk).

Where is iTunes Backup Location in Windows?

The default iTunes backup location in Windows 10 varies depending on how iTunes was installed on your computer.

If iTunes was installed from the Windows Store, iTunes Backup is located at C:\Users\username\Apple\MobileSync.

If iTunes was installed from outside the Windows Store, your iPhone’s backup should be available at Path C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync.

How to change iTunes backup location in Windows 10

Currently, the only way to change iTunes backup location on a Windows computer is to create a symbolic link from the current iPhone backup location to the new backup location you want.

Once the symlink is created, it will trick iTunes into backing up the iPhone to your desired new location. The procedure to change iTunes backup location on Windows computer includes the following three steps.

Step 1. Create MobileSync folder in the new location

The first step is to navigate to the new location where you want to store iPhone backups and create a new MobileSync folder in that location.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click file manager.

2. In the File Explorer window, navigate to new place where you want to store iPhone backups.

3. Right-click on an empty area and click New folder.

Create a new folder using Windows File Explorer

4. Name this new folder as MobileSync and do not close the file explorer window.

Step 2. Copy the current iPhone backup folder to the new MobileSync folder

In the second step, copy the current iPhone backup folder to the new MobileSync folder that you created in the first step.

1. Open file manager and navigate to C:\Users\username\Apple\MobileSync.

Note: If you are using the desktop version of iTunes, navigate to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync.

2. Right-click the stream iPhone backup folder and select that Copy Possibility.

Copy iPhone backup folder

3. Go to the new MobileSync folder you created in the first step and Insert there the iPhone backup folder.

4. Now go back to the default MobileSync folder and Rename the current iPhone backup folder as Old fuse.

Step 3. Create a symlink from the current MobileSync folder to the new one

The final step is to create a symbolic link pointing from the default iTunes backup folder location to the new iTunes backup location.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click Command Prompt (Admin).

2. In the command prompt window, type MkLink /J “C:\Users\username\Apple\MobileSync\Backup” “C:\MobileSync\Backup”.

Create a symlink to the new iPhone backup location

Note: If iTunes is installed from outside (not from the Windows Store), enter MkLink /J “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “C:\MobileSync\Backup”

If everything is going correctly, you should now see a symlink created in the MobileSync folder.

Symlink created in MobileSync folder

Once the symlink has been created, iTunes should be forced to back up the iPhone to the newly selected new location.

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