- Posted by Francisco D. Colon
- On March 1, 2020
iPhone lets the users change the location in which you back up the files of your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud. This is one of the most useful features of the iPhone that the users can easily avail.
If you want to back up iTunes, then the process is quite long. You will have to create a special type of link that tricks the iTune program into backing up to a location other than the default one.
However, if you are unaware of how to change iPhone backup location, you can go through the section below.
Change your iPhone Backup Location with 3 Easy Hacks
Here we are about to discuss some easy steps through which you will be able to change the backup location of your iPhone. So, you can have a look at the ways described below:
How to Change iPhone Backup Location to iCloud?
You can easily change the backup location to iCloud. For that, you can take a glance at the steps provided below:
First of all, open Settings on your iPhone. If you are not connected to a wireless network, do it now. Afterwards, tap on the Apple ID from the top of the screen. Then, tap on the iCloud option from the middle of the next page.
Move the slider of the ‘iCloud Backup’ option to the right. It will start to store the iPhone backup in the iCloud.
If you are unable to locate this option, then tap on the Back button to go back to the Apple ID menu. Scroll down and tap on the iPhone option. On the next page, you will get the ‘iCloud Backup’ option.
Confirm your action by tapping on the OK button. Following that, the ‘Back Up Now’ button will appear. Tap on it. Now, the device will start to back up all the files of your iCloud account.
Find and Manage your Backups:
Once the iDevice starts to back up to iCloud, you can apply the below steps to find and edit your Backup preferences:
- In the beginning, open the Settings application.
- Then, tap on your Apple ID.
- Navigate to the ‘Manage Storage’ section.
- Next, tap on the Backups button.
- Use the particular option to decide what backs up to iCloud.
- Tap on the ‘Delete Backup’ option from the bottom of the screen in order to delete the latest backup.
How to Change iPhone Backup Location to iTunes?
Another way by you can change the backup location of the iPhone is by using the iTunes program. To do this, you can perform the steps given below:
First, open iTunes by going to the Start menu. If the iTunes program is not installed on your computer, then you can download it from the official website of Apple.
Connect the iDevice to the system. You can use the USB charging cable that comes with the device. Once you connect the device to the computer, a small iPhone icon will appear at the top of the screen.
Now, you will be asked to enter the password. Enter the password in the respective field and tap on the Next button to continue.
At the upper left pane of the next screen, you will see the Device button. Click on it. It will open a summary of the iDevice at the right pane of the screen.
Next, go to ‘This Computer’ under the ‘Automatically Back Up’ tab and click on it. It will start the backup process automatically.
Now, if you want to encrypt the backup or backup the ‘Health & Activity data’ of the device, then tick the ‘Encrypt Device Backup’ box. Afterwards, create a password by following the on-screen guidance.
Lastly, tap on the ‘Backup Now button. You will get this option under the ‘Manually Backup and Restore’ section in the right panel of the screen.
It will back up all the files of your iPhone to the computer. Once you complete the process, you will see the current date at the right pane of the screen.
How to Change the iTunes Backup Location in Windows?
To change the backup location of the iTunes program on your Windows PC, you can perform the steps stated below:
First, you will have to move some files and create a link to ‘trick’ iTunes. For that, open the File Explorer by pressing the E and Win key both at the same time from the keyboard.
Next, open your preferred driver on which you wish to store the backups. Click on the drive letter from the left pane of the File Explorer window to do this.
Apart from this, if you want to back up the iPhone to an external hard disk, then you will have to connect that into the computer. Then, tap on the drive letter from the left pane of the screen.
Now, create a new folder and name it ‘iphonebackups.’ To do this, you can apply the steps below:
- First, right-click on a blank area of the file list from the right pane of the File Explorer window.
- Afterwards, choose the ‘New Folder’ option from the list.
- Type “iphonebackups” in the respective field.
- Lastly, hit the Enter key to create the folder.
Now, you can exit from the File Explorer window.
Open the Run Command box by using the combination of R and Windows key. Then, type the location of the backup folder in the input field. The location might differ depending on the iTunes version you are using.
If you are unaware of which version you are using, then you can try both the options. Only one of them will open a new File Explorer window that contains the Backup folder. You can use the below locations:
- If you have downloaded the iTunes program from the official website of Apple, then type “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync”
- Or, if you have installed the iTunes program from the Microsoft or Windows Store, then type “C:\Users\USERNAME Apple\MobileSync.”
Afterwards, click on the OK button or you can press the Enter key from the keyboard to open the Backup folder.
Next, right-click on the Backup folder and choose the ‘Rename’ option from the list. Type “Backup.old” and hit the Enter button to save the name. Thereafter, you can exit from the Explorer window.
Now, open an elevated Command Prompt window. For that, press and hold the Shift key from the keyboard and right-click on a blank location in the right pane of the Explorer window.
Once the menu appears, release the Shift key and choose the ‘Open Command Prompt’ option from the list. If you are unable to locate that, then open the PowerShell window from here.
After that, create a link to the new backup location. Enter the below command to save the backup to a new location. It will create a new folder called ‘backup’ where the backups will be used to store.
- If you download iTunes from the official website of Apple, then use the command “mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “X:\iphonebackups”.
- Or, if you install it from the Windows/Microsoft Store, then type “mklink /J “C:\Users\ [USERNAME]\Apple\MobileSync\Backup” “X:\iphonebackups”.
Don’t forget to replace the X with your preferred driver letter. Hit the Enter key to run the command.
Now, open the ‘backup.old’ folder once again. You will see the Backup folder is created here. It is the link you created to the new backup location.
Now, you can copy your old backups to the new location. To do this, follow the given below steps:
- Click twice on the folder and choose all the folders by holding the Ctrl key from the keyboard.
- Copy them by using the combination of C and Ctrl key.
- Go back to the previous page and open the Backup folder.
- Paste the selected folders inside this folder.
It will take a few seconds to complete the process. Once you move all the files, you can delete the ‘Backup.old’ folder.
Next time when you want to back up your iDevice to iTunes, then you only have to connect the device to the system and run the backup. The back-up files of your iDevice will be stored to the new location.
Hopefully, one of the above-discussed ways will surely help you to change the backup location of your iPhone.