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iPhone Backup Location (Locate iPhone Backup Files)

iPhone backup location is definitely important when you need to backup iPhone data or in case you lost the current data on iPhone accidentally. By locating iPhone backup files saved by iTunes, you can quickly recover/restore iPhone data from available iTunes backup files.

iPhone backup files location is different among Mac, Windows XP, and Windows 7 operating systems. First, you will need to determine whether your iPhone backup location is located on Mac computer or Windows computer.

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iPhone Backup Location on Mac

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

iPhone Backup Location on Windows

  • iPhone Backup Location on Windows XP

    C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Apple Computer\Mobile Sync\Backup

  • iPhone Backup Location on Windows 7/Windows Vista

    C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Replace [USERNAME] with your Windows username.
C:\ is the most common Windows installation folder. If you installed Windows on other driver letter i.e. driver D:

So, inside the Backup folder on either Windows or Mac, you will discover a 40-character alphanumeric identifier for the device known as UDID (Unique Device Identifier). This is important if you have several iPhones or Apple iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) ever had backed-up to the computer. You have to find out the correct backup folder of the current device.

For example, I have several folders inside my Backup folder and I have to find the one that match to UDID (Unique Device Identifier) of my iPhone.

Match the UDID with the 40 char folder name inside the Backup folder.

itunes backup udid location windows mac

UDID of my iPhone is dc92b3d4e1cd53809046e7ca6f97b9b82676e627 and I see several folders named dc92b3d4e1cd53809046e7ca6f97b9b82676e627 and some of these folders have a backup date in the end.

iPhone Backup Location folders
iPhone Backup Location folders

The one that contains the latest iPhone backup is located in the folder without the backup date in the end.

Once you have found these iPhone backup location, you will find iPhone backup files inside the folder. But, these iPhone backup filenames are not human-readable, that’s why you come over to find out the location of iPhone backup and determine which file is belong to iPhone backup files you need.

I suggest you to use Search feature on Windows or Mac to find the files you need. Search on the current backup folder for the alphanumeric filename below.

The most searched iPhone backup files are as follows:

iPhone Address Book (iPhone Contacts) Backup


iPhone SMS Backup


iPhone Notes Backup


Complete lists of iPhone backup files

992df473bbb9e132f4b3b6e4d33f72171e97bc7a Voicemail list
ff1324e6b949111b2fb449ecddb50c89c3699a78 Call log
3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 SMS
740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b Notes database
31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442 Contact List
2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858 Calendar Information
5fd03a33c2a31106503589573045150c740721dd Email Account Usage
fb7786ced1add24313fa258c8e1ed041e24d52a4 Last Number Dialed
b60c382887dfa562166f099f24797e55c12a94e4 Map Directions
b88b75bddaa69139b66d948b7cbd4f41d9dd416d Map Pin Drop
a30335a2c0f0316c9610d868a527b2ade1911542 Map Searches
3b2f19b7d02788a824d3d1f7b9ba5e4c7108485c Purchase Information
1d6740792a2b845f4c1e6220c43906d7f0afe8ab Safari Browsing History (Lowest number is most recent)
1dd07f2fbb1169bed93c21047ca5616371ea4a04 Safari Cookies
bd38afa30b5a43c146db02a46ee11d82cdc817fe Safari Searches
9281049ff1d27f1129c0bd17a95c863350e6f5a2 Safari Web Pages
34f7f8423d8f77bc812dd8d70f84c33a5caacbe8 Wireless Networks

For example: If you need to get back SMS and Contact information you should find these files: 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28

In the older version, these files will have .mddata extension in the end of the filename.

Click here to see how-to restore iPhone backup.

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Febryan Paudi

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