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How to Delete Old iPhone Backups

By FonePaw | Feb 02 , 2018

There are many similar queries asking the same question: How to delete old iPhone backups? Today, in this passage, I would like to show you some basic knowledge about deleting old iPhone backups on iTunes and iCloud. By deleting old backups, we can save much space for the new data like apps, songs, and videos. Please try this out on your iPhone.


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Part 1: Delete Old iPhone Backups on iTunes
Part 2: Delete Old iPhone Backups on iCloud


Part 1: Delete Old iPhone Backups on iTunes

iPhone backup files will be saved in a different folder if you are using your computer on the different operating system. Let's see what these files will be saved on your computer:


Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Windows 7/8/10: /Users/XX/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/

Windows XP: For Windows XP, replace /Users/ in the path for Windows 7/8/10 with /Documents and Settings/.


1. To Delete iTunes Backup on Mac

Step 1. Go to iTunes > Preferences > Devices on your Mac.


iTunes Backup List


Step 2. And all the backup files of your iDevices will be shown, including iPhone and iPad. Click on the backup file you want to delete and tap on "Delete Backup" and "OK" to delete the old backup on your Mac.


Delete iPhone Backup Mac


2. To Delete iTunes Backup on Windows

Click  Start on the home screen, type in %appdata% in the search bar and press the Enter key. Now, the user’s AppData folder will appear.


Or, you can navigate to C: /Users/ (User)/AppData/Roaming but you should make sure that  Show Hidden Files and Folders are enabled in your Windows Explorer has been enabled.


Delete iPhone Backup Win


After you've reached the AppData/Roaming folder on your iPhone, you need to go to Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup. After deleting the backup in the folder as you wish and then close and reopen the iTunes Preference windows. You will find the backups gone.



Part 2: Delete Old iPhone Backups on iCloud

Step 1. Go to Setting > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.


Manage iCloud Storage


Step 2. Find the name of your iPhone under "BACKUPS" list and enter it.


iCloud Backup List


Step 3. Now, scroll down to the info page and choose "Delete Backup."  After that, a small window will pop up asking you if you want to turn off backup and delete all backup data for this iPhone. Just tap on "Turn Off & Delete."


Delete iCloud Backup


That's it. The unnecessary old iTunes backups of your iPhone will be deleted and you will get some space for the new data now. Why not try it on your own to delete old iPhone backup.


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