How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

These are instructions on how to change the location that iTunes uses to backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for Windows.

Step One
Press Windows+R on your keyboard to bring up to the Run dialog. Input cmd into the Open field and click OKto launch Command Prompt.

Step Two
Navigate to the MobileSync directory by inputting the following command and pressing Enter.

cd "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync"

Step Three
Rename your old backup folder using the following command.

ren Backup Backup_Old

Step Four
If you haven't created a new directory to store your backups please do so now.

Step Five
Input the following command to create a symbolic link to your new directory.

mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup D:\temp\Backup"

Step Six
You can use Windows Explorer to verify the symbolic link was created. Notice the arrow at the bottom left of the icon.

Step Seven
Test out the change by performing a backup with iTunes and verifying that your files are backed up to the new directory.


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