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

Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:20pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 122509 views

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 OK to launch Command Prompt.


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

cd "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSync"


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 ComputerMobileSyncBackup D:tempBackup"




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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Mojoba - March 8, 2014 at 8:07pm
Your instructions do not mirror your screen shot. You have put you should type: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup D:\temp\Backup" But the correct address would be: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\temp\Backup" You missed out two speech signs.
Prashant Mannallikar - January 20, 2014 at 11:07pm
Great, It worked wo any isues. Thank you so much for saving my day.
Jake Stein - January 7, 2014 at 7:27pm
This thread seemed very helpful to me at first but I am getting a backup in my external drive and in my desktop. I tried setting up the junction both ways. mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\Mobilesync\Backup" D:\temp\Backup And mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\Mobilesync\Backup" "D:\temp\Backup" but in both cases I get one file in my extranet drive and one on my desktop so I get the same error message during the backup saying that I have inssufficient drive space. Do I need to do something different so that the backup bypasses my desktop completely? Thanks!
Sandy1 - November 17, 2013 at 11:17am
Hi I tried running the command but it returns the error Invalid Switch - "F"
Rami - September 28, 2013 at 6:10am
Hi... This does work only for Windows Vista and +... while i have the Win XP... and the mklink cmd, is not working
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