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How to Locate and Find iTunes Backup File on Mac OS X

Cannot find iTunes backup file on Mac OS X? Don’t worry because it is probably hidden or its location is changed. And two ways below will help you to locate or find it.

Way 1: Locate iTunes backup list on Mac OS X

If you have not changed the default iTunes backup file location, you can find iTunes backup on Mac OS X with this way.

1. Click the Go on top menu, and select Go to Folder. Or directly press Command + Shift + G to open the dialog where you can access a folder on Mac OS X with location.

open go to folder dialog on mac

2. Enter the default iTunes backup file location: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

enter itunes backup location

3. Click Go or press Enter.

The backup folder is opened in new window and lists all of iTunes backup files you have created on this Mac.

successfully locate itunes backup on mac

Tips: This ways is also used to show and view hidden files or folder on Mac OS X.


Way 2: Locate Specific iTunes backup on Mac OS X

1. Open iTunes. Click iTunes in the menu bar, then choose Preferences.

open itunes preferences on mac

2. Click Devices and right-click the backup that you want, then choose Show in Finder.

choose to show itunes backup via itunes preferences

You will see a specified iTunes backup file in Finder. Right-click the backup and select "Get info" from pop-up menu, then you will get the backup location from "Where" option in following dialog.

successfully show specified itunes backup on mac

get itunes backup location from file information

This way is usually used to find and view iTunes backup file on Mac while you have ever changed iTunes backup location.


If you want to copy or move the iTunes backup, please copy the backup folder but not part of it. For example, you cannot copy the only file Manifest.plist, even though you can find out iTunes backup password with iTunes Password Genius for Mac and this kind file.

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