Easy Change iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8.1 & 7

Learn how to Change iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. If you wish to have a backup of your iPhone or iPad through iTunes on your Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 Computer, then this is the best place to learn how to do it. During backup through iTunes, you may need to change your backup location to a different drive. And, this guide will show you the easiest steps to change backup location of iTunes on Windows OS computer.

It’s daily work of iTunes to store the backup of your iPhone and iPad; And you can get it under user profile on Windows OS PC (Laptop or desktop). As, the storage backup cover the C drive‘s space, it’ll not be good for your PC’s health. It’s more sensitive if you have more than one iPhones and iPads to be backed up.

How to Change iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

For not to receive the out of Space message on “C drive“, we must learn How to change the iTunes backup location to the different drive in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

Most important, if you are using a small or SSD hard-drive; then, it’s not possible to store any 64 GB iPhone or 128 GB iPad backup on such hard-disk. So, follow the below tricks to change the iTunes backup location on Windows 10 laptop/Desktop.

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Steps to Change iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8.1 & 7

First, we’ll open the default location of iTunes Backup on Windows PC.

1) How to Get Default Location of iTunes Backup on Windows OS?

Go to C-drive of your PC => Click to Users => Then Click on PC Name ( It’s your PC profile name, just one step down to default; My PC name is “Lenovo”) => Single click on “AppData” => Roaming => Apple Computer => MobileSync. As, shown in below image.

Now, we’ll need to use Symbolic link (a Windows feature) because, there is no setting available in iTunes program which can help in changing of backup location. Symbolic link is a file-system object which is used to point another folder resides in another partition.

But, iTunes will keep doing its same job of backup detection at same place.

2) Move iTunes Backup location of iPhone, iPad to Another Drive or Partition on Windows 10/8.1/7

If you want to complete move iTunes backup location of iOS devices then follow the below steps.

Step-1) Create a New Folder with Backup Name

Go to another disk-drive or external disk storage and create a new Folder with backup Name. I created a backup folder in local disk ‘J’ on the below structure;

Local Disk ‘J’ => My iPhone Backup => Backup

And going to move the iTunes backup from “C” drive to “J” drive.

Step-2) Change the Name of “Backup” folder

Now go to C drive’s original backup location of your iPhone or iPad => Change the name of “Backup” folder that was itself created by iTunes. I renamed my ‘Backup’ to ‘Past_Backup’.

After renamed;

Step-3) Open the iTunes Command Prompt

Now we’ll need to open the iTunes command prompt. So, press and hold the “Shift” key + right click on your mouse together => You’ll see a new menu windows on your screen, Click on “Open Command Window here”.

Step-4) Create a Symbolic Link

Here you are going to create a symbolic link in your default iTunes backup location to target the another new folder created by us.

So, copy the below command and past into the command. You can type it also.

mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “J:\My iPhone Backup\Backup”

If you receive this message saying that the junction created for……as above. It means, you’ve successfully don it.

Step-5) Done!

OK, now a new backup folder will appear with symbolic link icon. It’ll be just above to the previous renamed backup folder on the normal iTunes backup location. This is the link to redirect all the files and data to the new created location.

So, now whenever iTunes will take backup (files/data) of your iPhone or iPad in future those will go and store at the new location.

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