iTunes Backup Location Change – How To Change iTunes Backup Location on Windows PC



By default iTunes store backup files in Windows system drive. We can easily get rid of this by creating symbolic link of CMD NTFS Junction Point. Unfortunately iTunes doesn’t provide any easy way to change the default backup file location and change it to another drive! This is not really good practice at all. In this video I showed you how you can easily identify where the iTunes backup file is stored by default and how to change iTunes backup location on Windows PC. For example in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP.

Default iTunes Backup Location…

C:Users{{Your User Account Folder Name}}AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

Note: The system drive can very PC to PC.

Command To iTunes Backup Location Change…

mklink /J “%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup” “Destination Link. i.e. D:Backup”

Note: You need to use exact same command provided here. Otherwise you will not be able to change iTunes default backup folder location.

The method I showed you here within this video is applicable for all iOS devices like iPhone, iPad etc. Because iTunes works in same way for all iOS device backup. To change backup location of iTunes you might use some third party software if you can’t mess with symbolic link creation using CMD. But as I provided you the full command to create a symbolic link for iTunes backup file location you can easily copy and paste it in CMD. So I do believe with very little effort you can do it yourself. No need to buy or spend money for just a one time work.

If you still have any question or if you face any problem please let me know in comment section. I will try my best to help you to get rid of the problem.

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46 Comments

  1. Hi bro know i done backup in my windows pc ,now i need to restore the back file due to full occupation unable to restore if I move the location then how I restore

  2. Sir junction is credited successfully but still iTunes not reading backup
    It still says your iPhone has never been backup on this computer help me let me why iTunes not reading the data

  3. Hi
    Actually I made a iPhone backup in c drive it is around 82 GB. But when I’m trying to restore it then iTunes making another backup file in same drive so I run out the storage & I got error on my pc screen. Could you tell me what I have to do for restore my data. I will be thankful to you if you can help me.
    Thanks

  4. Hi, Its still backing up to C Drive and not D Drive….this is the link I typed: C:Usersimac2AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSync>mklink /J "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "D:Backup

  5. Is there an updated version i really need to back up my phone and things have changed

  6. هلا رافي انت حقا انسان طيب وخلوق . وخبير في امور الحاسب الآلي. لقد انقذتني من براثن الجهل والأمية الكمبيوترية. سوف اشترك في قناتك الفذة والنادرة، وسوف اعمل لك لايك. يعني اعجاب . يعني الابهام المرفوع. لقد ضحكت في البداية ولكن ايقنت ان محد شراتك في الدنيا العودة.

  7. For those who failed to have Shift + rightclick and it appear powershell,
    u need to enable command prompt.
    watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul4_uiflihw. (using this method on bellow directory)

    on my desktop haswell cpu windows 10 latest version.(it doesn't work on *HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*)
    but it works on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesDirectorybackgroundshellcmd

    Thank me later

  8. It’s saying ‘mklink’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. I have windows 10

  9. C:WINDOWSsystem32>cmd /c mklink /J "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "E:My itunes Backup"

    The system cannot find the path specified.

  10. Hi,I followed the directions show in the video,but it is creating a backup in both C” and D”. It’s like I backup to both drive. please help .thank you

  11. Mr. Rafi thanks for video, can you tell me how do you have apps icons on window like Mac, itunes looking on bottom screen?

  12. Thank you soo much😭😭. when my disk was filling automatically when I downloaded itunes, i ignored that it is backuping my 40gb phone data which I don’t even need

  13. Hi, if I copy my backup from Computer A (in C drive) using pen drive, then I transfer it in computer B (in D drive) does the backup will works?

  14. Great explaination but one suggestion: whenever there is important command… pls mention Space or Capital, Zero or O etc

  15. hi there i want to bring my iphone back up from my old pc to new one which i store in external drive. and ALSO bring that old back up into my iphone.

  16. I tried this and it still cluttered my original drive. It actually maxed the storage of it…I had to cancel the backup because it never finished. Please help me work around?

  17. Thanks man! Had to edit the file location a bit to fit the original folder, but after that, it worked flawlessly!

  18. Hello In2Rafi Can you do a small program to do this procedure automatically and put it in your home page to download . This will be helpful for beginners . thanks

  19. C:Userswpsvi>AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup>mklink /J "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "F:Backup"

    The system cannot find the path specified. Hi Rafi – i have followed the istructions and get this every time – can you help please?

  20. OMG, how primitive is apple stuff man, what the heck?! So fkng annoying. But thanks, it helped me a lot! Despite the iTunes could have a VERY SIMPLE directory choice

  21. Hey,
    the "Apple Computer" Folder in the Roamimg folder is missing :/
    What can i do?

  22. bhai ye btaao jis phn ka backuo liya h aur unka version 13.2.3 hai..aur dusre phn ka jisme ye backpu daalna h uska version 13. 5.1 h…koi problem toh nhi hogi…..
    ya fer dono ka ios version same hona chahiye

  23. How to restore my old backup in new iPhone because is not show itunes but its show in local c backup folder

  24. I have an error message when i follow exactly your instructions.
    mklink : The term 'mklink' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

    Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

    At line:1 char:1

    + mklink /J "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup" "G:Backup"

    + ~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (mklink:String) [], CommandNotFoundException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

  25. Bro i have a backup on my D disk how can i link it to my itunes restore so i could restore my iphone with that backup? For now, it shows itunes backup is corrupted. Helps pls rafi

  26. kindly help me, previous i backup my iphone it was showing that C drive didn't have enough space but now i change the location as per your video, now when i backup my iphone it show backup was corrupted. please give solution

  27. I found the error

    mklink : The term 'mklink' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

    Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

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