Transferring an iTunes Backup to a New Computer

Transferring an iTunes Backup to a New Computer
Transferring an iTunes Backup to a New Computer
Backing Up Data

Every time you connect your iPhone to a laptop or computer and sync to iTunes, a backup file is created. This file will store all of the data available on your iPhone at that ex act moment. iTunes saves these backup files on your PC in a specific location that can be easily accessed if you know where to look. This location is different on Mac and Windows – we’ll take a look at these below.

If you buy a new PC or laptop, you’ll probably want to copy your iTunes backup files to your new computer. It’s also important to keep a backup of your device on another hard drive, just to be sure that your data is safe.

How to copy an iTunes backup from your computer

First of all, you will need an external hard drive or a flash drive. Once you’ve connected it to your old computer, search for the iTunes backup folder on your PC. Depending on the operating system, you will find it in one of these locations:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10:
    \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Mac:
    (Home folder)/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

After you have located the iTunes backup folder, copy the backups to your external hard drive or flash drive by using ‘drag and drop’. Easy, right? Now all you have to do is transfer the iTunes backups to your new computer.

How to copy an iTunes backup to a new computer

Connect the external hard drive or flash drive to your new computer, find the right location and copy the backup file from the flash drive to the computer. Use the information provided in the first step of this tutorial to locate the correct directory, based on the OS of your new laptop or computer.

Another way to copy and transfer your iTunes backups is by using data recovery software. Enigma Recovery is an all-in-one iPhone data recovery and storage service that includes a trusted backup solution. It enables you to access your iTunes files in just a few steps. You can even use it to recover deleted text messages, contacts, Safari history, WhatsApp history, calendar entries, call history or Notes – even if your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod is stolen, lost or damaged. All you need to do is install it on your PC and scan the iTunes backup file. You’ll be able to view all of the existing and deleted data, and then transfer it to your computer in a location of your choosing.

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Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions