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

Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:16pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 95869 views

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.

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

cd ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync

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

mv Backup Backup_Old

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

Step Six
You can use Finder 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 folder.

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J STone - January 29, 2014 at 1:45pm
Ok, Here is a question. MacBook Air. OS X I know there is an iTunes backup in there but it is not in file path as indicated in ALL the literature I can find. ~Library\Application Support\MobileSync It simply is not there. Took it to Apple store, they did it but didn't show me where it was, So, please, where is it physically/logically on the disc?
Fidel - January 3, 2014 at 2:32am
I keep getting an error stating that Itunes can't back up my phone because of the backup is corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone. I don't understand. There is no backup as of yet, so how could it not be compatible. Any fix for this issue once you create the symbolic link?
Amirul - October 30, 2013 at 5:17am
it is actually like this ln -s /Volumes/ /Mobilesync/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync your hdd name is example: Mac OS X Data. it should be Mac\(spacebar)OS\(spacebar)X\(space)Data -- every space needs \ and (spacebar) For this: my destination in my MAC OS X Data is mobilesync > backup
Ken Kwok - September 23, 2013 at 3:52pm
Hi , I follow the instruction but then backup the iphone failed. Got the message iTune could not back up the iphone xxx because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iphone. I try to restore back the backup file but still fail. Anything I can do to backup the iphone again? How to cancel the symbolic link?
Judo_boy2001 - September 9, 2013 at 4:31pm
-bash: ln-s/Volumes/Storage/Itunes/MobileSync/Backup: No such file or directory OC-INTERNATIONALs-MacBook-Air:mobileSync THE_BOOK$ Can Somebody tell me why do I get this Error? Help Is Greatly Appreciated!
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