To offer the additional safeguard to the personal information, I make sure to backup my iPhone via iTunes regularly. As soon as I have the latest backup of the device, I delete the old iPhone backups in iTunes to reclaim some precious gigabytes of hard drive space on Mac or Windows.
Besides, I also shoot out the redundant iOS software updates to keep the junk file at bay. Aside from preventing the storage from falling prey to unnecessary files, it keeps the smooth sailing performance of the computer intact.
How to Delete Old iPhone/iPad Backups from iTunes
- How to Delete iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes on Mac
- How to Remove iPhone/iPad Software Updates Files from iTunes on Mac
- How to Delete iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes on Windows PC
- How to Remove iPhone/iPad Backup files on Windows PC
Is your computer running short on space? The below ways can be very helpful in retrieving some valuable storage on your device.
Remove iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes on Mac to Free Up Space
Step #1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
Step #2. Now, click on iTunes in the Menu bar and select Preferences.
Step #3. Next, click on the Devices tab.
Step #4. Next up, you should see your iOS device backup and the date when they were backed up. Select the one you wish to delete.
Finally, click on Delete Backup to confirm.
Getting rid of iOS software update files is just as upfront. Keep on reading…
Delete iOS Updates Files from iTunes on Mac
Note: This process will only delete software update files and not the iPhone/iPad backup. But it will reclaim lots of disk space because the update files may be gigabytes in size.
Step #1. Launch Finder and click on Go in the Menu bar.
Step #2. Now, you need to press and hold the Option key (Alt key) on your keyboard and then click on Library.
Step #3. Next, open iTunes folder.
Step #4. Next up, head over to iPhone Software Updates folder.
Step #5. Finally, check out the iOS update file. To clean up the file, simply drag it to the trash.
If you wish to delete old iPhone/iPad backup without using iTunes, you can head over to
~/Library/ApplicationSupport/MobileSync/Backup and delete the folders manually.
The folders are named with random hashes and thus, makes it difficult to identify which one to delete.
That’s all for the cleaning up your Mac. Now let’s checkout how to do the same on a Windows PC.
Remove iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes on Windows PC and Claim Free Space
Step #1. Open iTunes on your Windows PC and head over to Edit option in the menu bar → Click on Preferences.
Step #2. Click on Devices tab → Here, you’ll see all different backup that your Windows PC has. Click on the one you wish to delete, and then click on the Delete Backup button.
It’s that simple. Your iPhone/iPad backup is deleted from your Windows PC and you have successfully recovered some precious storage space.
Apart from this, you can manually delete the backup from backup folders on your Windows PC. Let’s see how to do it.
Clean Up your Windows PC by Deleting iPhone/iPad Backup Files
Step #1. Open My Computer and head over to the C: or drive where Windows is installed.
Step #2. Now navigate to
Users/[your username]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup
Step #3. You’ll see different folder in here with random hash. These are the backup files. It will be harder to decide which one to keep and which one to delete if you know which one, click on it and delete the folder.
Apart from this, you can also click on Start and type
%AppData% to directly get in to the directory.
That’s all there is to it!
Hopefully, you have recovered some valuable storage on your Mac. Be sure to keep doing it from time to time to ensure the junkies remain away. Have feedback? Let me know your feedback down below in the comments.
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