Delete iPad or iPhone Backups in Windows

Last Updated on May 14, 2020 by Next Century

Here is a guide on how to delete your iPod or iPhone backup from your Microsoft computer.

Doing so might save you a bit of hard drive space.

It’s also good to keep things clean if you no longer sync the device with your computer any longer.

Deleting iPad or iPhone via iTunes

  • Open iTunes

  • Select the Edit, then choose Preferences

  • Select the Devices tab

  • You will then see a list of your iPad or iPhone backups under Device backups, select the backup you want to delete and then click Delete Backup

  • You will then be prompted Are you sure you want to delete the backup with the name of your iPad or iPhone, click Delete if you are 100% sure

Deleting Manually from File Explorer

This method is not as user friendly as deleting them from iTunes as multiple backup’s can not be identified to what device they are.

  • Open File Explorer and locate the following folder

    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    NOTE: Username would be the name of your account on your computer

    Also, if you cannot find the folder due to hidden files, refer to this guide: Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7, 8 and 10

  • Under this folder, there will be folders made up of random letters and numbers.  Each one of these folders is an iPad/iPhone backup.

    Delete the to remove the backup from your folder.

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