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

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

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

Step One
Launch Terminal from your Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

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

cd ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

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

mv Backup Backup_Old
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Four
If you haven't created a new folder to store your backups please do so now. You can do this with Terminal or Finder, or you can use an existing folder.

Example: mkdir /Volumes/Storage/iTunes/MobileSync/Backup

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

ln -s /Volumes/Storage/iTunes/MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Six
You can use Finder to verify the symbolic link was created. Notice the arrow at the bottom left of the icon.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Seven
Test out the change by performing a backup with iTunes and verifying that your files are backed up to the new folder.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Mac)
Farrukh Ehsan Khokhar - January 15, 2017 at 1:14am
both backup folders , i.e one on the MacHD and one on the external drive, are getting filled with backup data. How to stop local folders to not get filled up with data?
Vikram singh - September 14, 2016 at 11:04am
Hi, I am trying to change my backup file position through command prompt, the problem is it's not allowing me to change. More obe it's not showing up any details as I am entering command. Cd~/library/application support/mobilesync. Will oh help me in this. Thanks.
Kenneth Tubungbanua - September 21, 2014 at 5:51am
Is there a way to use a symbolic link to move the backups to an external hard drive?
elizabeth - August 21, 2014 at 3:34am
Thanks for the post! Very helpful. As for the "no such file" error, try this: The symbolic link command should read: ln -s /Volumes/YourNewLocationFolder/ ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup Adding the last "Backup" to the end should create the symbolic link and avoid the "no such file or directory error."
elizabeth - August 21, 2014 at 3:34am
The symbolic link command should read: ln -s /Volumes/YourNewLocationFolder/ ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup Adding the last "Backup" to the end should create the symbolic link and avoid the "no such file or directory error."
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