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 it’s created. This file will store all of the data available on your iPhone at that exact 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, but we’ll shed some light on this matter below.

If you buy a new PC or laptop, you might 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.

  1. How to Copy iTunes Backup from Your Computer
  2. How to Copy iTunes Backup to a New Computer

How to Copy iTunes Backup from Your Computer

First of all, you will need an external hard drive or a flash drive. After you connect it to your old computer, search for the iTunes backup folder on your PC, depending on the operating system:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10:
    \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\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”, or Ctrl-A (copy from PC) and then Ctrl-V (paste on the flash drive). This is how you copy iTunes backup files. Easy, right? Now all you have to do is transfer the iTunes backups to your new computer.

How to Copy 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 solution for copying your iTunes backups would be to use a data recovery software. The most advanced iPhone data recovery tool available it’s called Enigma Recovery, and allows you to get access to your iTunes and iCloud backup files in just a few steps. You can even use it to recover deleted text messages, Contacts, Notes, Safari history, WhatsApp history, Calendar entries, Call history or Notes, even if your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod got stolen, lost or damaged. All you have 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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