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

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

Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:20pm by iClarified
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.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

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


cd "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSync"
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

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

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

Step Four
If you haven't created a new directory to store your backups please do so now.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

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

mklink /J "%APPDATA%Apple ComputerMobileSyncBackup D:tempBackup"
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)

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

Step Six
You can use Windows Explorer 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 (Windows)

Step Seven
Test out the change by performing a backup with iTunes and verifying that your files are backed up to the new directory.
How to Change the Location of Your iTunes iPhone Backups (Windows)
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Mojoba
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
Prashant Mannallikar - January 20, 2014 at 11:07pm
Great, It worked wo any isues. Thank you so much for saving my day.
Jake Stein
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
Sandy1 - November 17, 2013 at 11:17am
Hi I tried running the command but it returns the error Invalid Switch - "F"
Rami
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
Raja Fawad
Raja Fawad - September 24, 2013 at 6:10pm
Thanks for suggestion its working..........
Juzer
Juzer - September 19, 2013 at 7:15am
Excellent.. it works! Thanks a million.
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Just Getting It Done
Just Getting It Done - September 10, 2013 at 3:44pm
He fudged the command. The default behavior for the mklink command is to make a link to a file, not a directory. You have to give the /D switch as well to specify it's a directory. So the command should be mklink /J /D "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\temp\Backup"
Haider Jaffery
Haider Jaffery - August 2, 2013 at 12:46pm
Its funny how i spent almost an hour on this and the solution was so simple. The OP did everything right, except a little typo. DringStep 5, when you enter mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup D:\temp\Backup". you have to enter apostrophe after ....MobileSync\Backup and before D:. So instead of mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup D:\temp\Backup". enter : mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\temp\Backup".
Mike Yealland Yealland
Mike Yealland Yealland - July 28, 2013 at 2:43am
I got the D/temp/Backup OK with the formula from Antonis, but I also get a copy on the C backup - the folder backup gets recreated when I back up, despite having been renamed to Backup_Old. Any thoughts? Mike Y
Antonis L
Antonis L - July 24, 2013 at 6:38pm
In the Step 5 is an error just change this command: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup D:\temp\Backup" With this: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" D:\temp\Backup
Wallace
Wallace - July 14, 2013 at 5:52am
I can create the symbolic link but when I go to sync I get the message "iPhone could not backup because backup file was corrupt or not compatible". When I remove the symbolic link and re-create the "backup" folder, the sync and back up are successful. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong or what a fix might be?
Shaun
Shaun - July 9, 2013 at 12:18pm
For me, I come unstuck at step 5 as cmd tells me that 'mklink' is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Not sure what I've done wrong?? Everything else has worked fine until then.
Think
Think - June 20, 2013 at 3:44am
Getting error at step five. Says it cannot create a file when that file already exists
julien
julien - June 8, 2013 at 12:02pm
my tiny SSD drive is thanking you :P "merci !" :)
gasoved
gasoved - May 18, 2013 at 5:17pm
Worked great. Just have to add missing double quotes between paths in step 5. Like; mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\temp\Backup"
Vineet
Vineet - May 14, 2013 at 4:57am
Helped me a lot, Thanks.
Zioneer
Zioneer - May 13, 2013 at 12:01am
Worked Perfectly ! Thanks ! :DD
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