How to Delete Old iOS Backups from iTunes

To ensure your Mac and Windows remain uncluttered, you should remove old iPhone or iPad backups in iTunes and also get rid of unnecessary iOS software updates on a regular basis. Jump right in to find how it's done the right way!

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.

Sponsored Links

How to Delete Old iPhone/iPad Backups from iTunes

Quick Navigation:

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.

Launch iTunes on Mac

Sponsored Links

Step #2. Now, click on iTunes in the Menu bar and select Preferences.

Click on iTunes in Menu bar and select Preferences on Mac

Step #3. Next, click on the Devices tab.

Select Devices tab in iTunes Preferences

Sponsored Links

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.

Select Device and Click on Delete Backup in iTunes

Finally, click on Delete Backup to confirm.

Getting rid of iOS software update files is just as upfront. Keep on reading…

Sponsored Links

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.

Launch Finder on Mac and click on Go in Menu bar

Step #2. Now, you need to press and hold the Option key (Alt key) on your keyboard and then click on Library.

Sponsored Links

Step #3. Next, open iTunes folder.

Open iTunes folder in Mac Finder Library

Step #4. Next up, head over to iPhone Software Updates folder.

Click on iPhone Software Updates folder in iTunes folder on Mac

Sponsored Links

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.

Click on Preferences in iTunes in Windows PC

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.

Delete iPhone Backup from iTunes on Windows PC

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.

Delete iPhone Backup Files from Windows PC

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!

Wrapping up…

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.

You would like to take a peek at these posts as well:

Like this article? Download our app and stay tuned with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram to never miss our latest macOS tutorials.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
- Advertisment -