How to Remove iPhone Backup in macOS Catalina: Free Up Space on Your Mac

It is an excellent idea to have regular backups of your iPhone so that you can restore in case something goes wrong. However, old iOS backups take a lot of space on your Mac. Old backups have very little use, and there is not much value in saving them. So to free space, you may delete such obsolete iPhone backups. Here is how you can do so on Mac running macOS Catalina.

Once you follow the steps below, you will find that it is effortless and straightforward to delete iPhone backup in macOS Catalina. You only require a proper cable and the Mac where you have these iPhone backups. Let us get started.

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How to Delete iPhone Backup in macOS Catalina

Step #1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to the Mac running macOS Catalina.

Step #2. Launch Finder and click on your iDevice name.

Launch Finder on your Mac

Click on Device Name in Mac Finder

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Step #3. Under Backups, you will find Manage Backups. Click on it.

Click on Manage Backups in Finder App on Mac

Step #4. Now, from the small window, select the backup you wish to delete.

Select iPhone Backup in macOS Catalina

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Step #5. Finally, click on Delete Backup. Confirm if asked.

Delete iPhone Backup on Mac Running macOS Catalina

Additionally, you may also find it useful to learn how to archive a backup and know the exact location of the backup files on your Mac.

How to Archive an iOS Backup in macOS Catalina

If you wish to Archive a backup, right-click on the backup name in Step #4 and click on Archive.

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Archive iPhone Backup on Mac Running macOS Catalina

After you Archive a backup, it will not be overshadowed (i.e replaced and removed) by a new future backup of the same device.

How to Locate iOS Backup Folder on Mac

Using the above method you can find specific backups and manage it, but if you would like to see the folder where your iOS backups are stored, follow along.

Step #1. Press Command(⌘) + Space Bar or click on the magnifier icon in the menu bar.

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Step #2. Copy this location and paste it in Spotlight Search: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

Enter Command on Spotlight Search on Mac

Step #3. Hit enter key to view iPhone Backups.

Location on iPhone Backup Folder in macOS Catalina

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That’s all folks!

Wrapping up…

So, this is how you can delete and manage iOS backups using Finder on Mac running macOS Catalina. Earlier we used to use iTunes, but since with the latest macOS Catalina iTunes is officially dead on Mac, we use Finder to manger our iPhone and other iOS devices.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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