Where to find iOS backups on a PC

by Richard Riehle

One of the smaller chinks in my backup strategy for my personal network is that while I can completely backup my iOS devices (e.g. iPhone and iPad) onto my NetBook, finding where these files are stored is unobvious (to but it lightly), and while a Mac as a backup device may led one to find these files easily…on a PC, it took some effort…

Since I haven’t got a Mac, I suppose I should allow for the fact that Apple doesn’t let them know either… In any case I have a couple links which will show you where to find this file…if I don’t do that good a job of instruction.

The files are located in:

On an XP machine:

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

On a Vista or Windows 7 machine:

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

In both of these cases, the term ‘USERNAME’ is the name you have on your machine for your personal account. This is usually your name in the ‘C: \Users\USERNAME’ directory.

Obviously these directories under \Backup can be pretty large (my iPhone is about 900 Megabytes, and the iPad is closer to 2.72 Gigabytes of files…).

In any case, if you have a backup scheme where you back up specific directories, this should take care of all of your worries (other that regularly backing up your iOS devices…).

Where are iPad backup files stored on my Windows computer?
http://www.theipadguide.com/faq/where-are-ipad-backup-files-stored-my-windows-computer

IPad Backup Location
http://apple-ipad-tablet-help.blogspot.com/2010/03/ipad-backup-location.html

So, with this seemingly last detail taken care of, I can finally rest assured that if I keep backing up my devices in a regular basis, and backup my system similarly, I should be able to withstand the loss of any of my appliances (e.g. iPhone, iPad, or NetBook) and be able to reinstall everything of value which I have on these machines…