How to Recover Deleted iTunes Backup on Mac

iTunes is a useful app to backup your iPhone, iPad and iPod data. It allows you to save messages, call logs, photos, settings and more. It is easy to restore this data to your device as long as you have the backup file.

These files are stored in a backup folder on your Mac. Sadly, several factors can cause this folder to disappear, resulting in the loss of all your data. This article will discuss the backup folder, its recovery process in case of deletion and its use for file restoration using iTunes.

How to Find iTunes Backup on Mac

iTunes backup folders (and iPhone or iPad backup folders for macOS Catalina and above) are stored in “mobilesync“Folder. It is located in the folder ~Library The folder on your Mac, which is set by default.

Folders have combinations of names and numbers in their titles. Here is a visual representation:

Folder names contain a combination of random letters and numbers. To locate them using Finder, follow these steps:​

1. Click the Finder icon on your Dock to open it.


2. Click on the Apple menu bar go > home,


3. Go to home folder and find Library > Application Support > MobileSync > Backup,

Recover your files from trash

If it’s not there then you’ve accidentally sent it to the Trash folder. If you’ve already emptied it, don’t worry. You can still recover your files from the Trash, but you’ll have to act fast.

How to Recover Deleted iTunes Backup

If you delete your backup folder, the tools can help you recover it. It is important to be aware of the possibility of drive corruption. If this corruption affects your backup files, it will be possible to recover your data. Even if you accidentally deleted it and it’s still stored in your file system, using that drive will eventually overwrite the data. If your backup is missing, it is important to take action as soon as possible.

Recover Deleted iTunes Backup on Mac Using Disk Drill

We will be using the data recovery tool Disk Drill for this article. It can also be used to recover deleted files on Mac. Follow this guide to recover deleted iTunes backup:

1. Get Disk Drill by downloading and installing it.

2. If you have a deleted iTunes backup saved on an external storage media, plug it in.

3. To open the Disk Drill app, go to finderclick on Applicationand double-click disc drill icon.

disc drill

4. Select the drive where you previously saved your iTunes backup. For best results, keep the settings at their default values. Next, locate “Search for lost dataoption in the right panel of the application and click on it.

Search for lost data

5. Once Disk Drill has finished scanning, you can proceed by clicking “Review found items,

Review found items

6. Feel free to view the list of located data or “Enter”backup” in the search bar at the top-right corner of the window. Data recovered in Disk Drill is usually displayed in a nested folder structure. Pay attention to folders likeLibrary,Application,mobile sync,” Or “backup,


7. To continue the recovery process, select the checkbox next to the folders we mentioned earlier and click recover button.


8. When the popup appears choose a location on your computer to save the folder. Then, click Next to continue the recovery process.

9. Move files or folders to the backup directory Library > Application Support > MobileSync, After completing the process, you can immediately restore your iTunes backup using the data you just recovered. Continue reading the next section of this article for a complete guide.


The free version of Disk Drill Basic for Mac does not include data recovery for free. Preview unlimited files and find out if you can recover them using Disk Drill’s scanning process and DIY data recovery software.

How to Restore Files from iTunes Backup

If you have the backup file ready, it is easy to restore it with iTunes. Make sure a backup file is stored on your device, ideally ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync Directory.

1. iTunes can restore data from any location on your Mac, but the default folder for it is MobileSync. This makes it more convenient for iTunes to find backups. Here’s a simple guide to help you restore a backup from iTunes:

2. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your MacBook.

3. To open iTunes, go to Finder, then go to Application Find more itunes app, Double-click its icon to launch it.

4. Find your device’s icon next to the music icon at the top of the screen.

5. Search “restore backupbutton in …”backup” section and click on it.

6. Find your backup in iTunes using the dropdown menu, and select “restore” button.

Be patient until your device restarts and syncs with the computer again. After the syncing process, you can disconnect your device without any worries.


This guide will work whether you’re using iTunes (macOS Mojave and below) or Finder (macOS Catalina and above) to back up your Apple device. The backup folder location remains unchanged, and the process is quite similar. Make sure you immediately prevent your data from being overwritten while using your Mac. Disk Drill is just as effective for Finder backup as iTunes backup.

general question

Where are my iTunes backups?

Your iTunes backups are stored on your Mac. You can find them in this folder: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync, To access this folder, open Finder, go to Go, and select Go to Folder. You can change the location of this path through iTunes settings if you wish.

Will restoring backup from iTunes delete everything?

This won’t delete everything but will remove any new files created since the last backup.

Why can’t I restore my iPhone from iTunes backup?

Here are some reasons why you might be having trouble restoring your iPhone from an iTunes backup and what you can do to resolve the issue:

Possible backup corruption: Your iTunes backup may be corrupted. Consider using a different backup option. Consider using data recovery software if you don’t already have one. Another option is to reach out to Apple Support for assistance.

Backup inconsistency: Your iOS or iTunes version may be out of date. Consider updating your software before proceeding.

Bad internet connection: Your network may be interfering with the restore process. Make sure you have a reliable connection before attempting to restore.

How do I login to my iTunes account?

To access iTunes on your Mac, simply open the application and click Account, then Sign in. Next, simply log in using your Apple ID and password.