I. About iTunes Backups
iTunes can back up your settings, Messages, Camera Roll, documents, saved games, and other data. Backups do not contain content synced to the device, such as movies, music, podcasts, and apps.
II. How to Backup iPhone in iTunes
iTunes can create backups of your iOS device when you:
- Sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on)
- Right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose Back Up
Here are steps to back up iPhone in iTunes:
1. Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
2. Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up.
3. Click the Back Up Now button.
Note: To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.
III. Where are iTunes Backup Located
iTunes places the backup files in the following places:
- Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
- Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Note: To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, and choose Run. Type %appdata% and click OK.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Note: To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press the Return key.
IV. How to Extract iTunes Backup Data
If you deleted iPhone photos or contacts by accident, and need to restore iPhone from previous backup. But please do realize that restoring iPhone from older backup, your current data will be rewrote by old data. So, you need a iTunes Backup Extractor to extract and recover the data you need.
This iTunes Backup Extractor works for iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, and fully compatiable with Windows 8, 7, Mac OS X Lion 10.7, 10.6, etc. Here are the steps:
4. Click “Recover” and save them on your computer.
VI. How to Delete iTunes Backup Files
If you want to delete a backup created by iTunes, follow these steps:
1. Open iTunes Preferences:
- Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences
- Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences
2. Click Devices (the iOS device does not need to be connected).
3. iTunes will show the phone number, IMEI, and serial number of the backed up iPhone when you position your mouse pointer over a backup (iTunes shows only the serial number for iPad and iPod touch). Use this to locate the backup for the iOS device you want to delete. Select the backup you want to remove and click Delete Backup.
4. Confirm you wish to remove the selected backup by clicking Delete Backup.
5. Click OK to close the iTunes Preferences Window.
Note: Backups that are listed with a Date and Time stamp in the backup name were created by restoring the iOS device.
If you don’t have iPhone backup, still no worries, you can try to recover iPhone without backup. iPhone Data Recovery allows you to recover deleted photos, contacts, text messages, calls, SMS, notes from iPhone without backups on Mac and Windows OS.