November 5, 2014

How to Delete Redundant iTunes Backup for iPad/iPhone/iPod

Why we should delete redundant iTunes backup?

What I can think of is to save computer space. The more data on iPhone/iPad/iPod, the larger the iTunes backup is. It would occupy more and more partition. But we couldn’t stop backup because of this. So back up iOS devices data and then delete previous useless iTunes backup periodically is wise.

When we should delete additional iPhone/iPad/iPod backup?

When you have a new backup for iOS devices and you think old iTunes backup is redundant or has taken up too much space on computer, delete it is good choice.

How can we delete iPhone/iPad/iPod backup effectively?

This passage introduces two ways, delete it in iTunes or from backup path in computer.

Way 1: Delete iTunes backup directly from file path

iTunes backup are saved in computer after you back up iPhone/iPad/iPod in iTunes. To different Windows system computer, iTunes backup location is different. Navigate to the backup file path, delete it. Generally they are in C drive.
  • Windows Vista/7/8: User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Windows XP:  \Documents and Settings\User Name\ Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ 
delete iTunes backup file from partition directly

Way 2: Steps to delete additional iTunes backup in iTunes (eg. iPad)

Step 1: Connect iPad to computer to make iTunes program run.

You can see your iPad name is on the right-top side of iTunes window.

Step 2: Turn to iTunes menu, and click Edit – Preferences.

open iOS devices preferences

Step 3: Choose Devices option on the top or Preferences window.

All of backups about this iPad would show in the following box.

delete iTunes backup in iTunes for iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 4: Select the backups you want to delete, and click Delete Backup button. You will see a dialog
about confirming backup deletion, and click Delete button to make sure backup deleted.

make sure iTunes backup deletion

Now those iPad backups you select have been deleted from computer.

Sometimes this is used to disable iPad backup password in iTunes. But whether it is really useful, you can try it. But at most of time, disable iPad/iPhone/iPod backup password is in purpose of restoring iPad from iTunes backup after password forgot. So backup had better not be destroyed.

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