iPhone Backup

How to change the iPhone backup directory on Mac

macOS iPhone backup Finder

Mac users may have noticed there is no built-in way to change where macOS (formerly iTunes) writes backup information. This means every time an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is backed up to the computer using Finder, it automatically uses the local drive. Rest assured, it is possible to tell your Mac to put backups on an external drive. Once the steps below are implemented, all iOS backup data will be saved to the new location.

How can I restore iPhone data from an iTunes backup?

You can restore iTunes backups to your iPhone at any time. Follow these steps to choose a backup and sync the data to your iPhone.

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes (or Finder on Mac) and select your iPhone.
  3. If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup.
  4. Otherwise, click the Restore Backup button.
  5. Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button.

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