How to Transfer Local iPhone Backup to External Drive

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I want to create a full iPhone backup on Mac, but there is not enough free space on my computer disk. Is it possible to transfer a backup to an external drive?

The storage capacity of current iPhone models can be equal to or even greater than the storage capacity of Mac computers. This makes it problematic to create a local backup of data on a computer.

There is a way to move the backup storage location to an external drive, which will have to be connected during the backup.

How to Change the Default iPhone Backup Location on Mac

1. Go to System Preferences – Security and Protection – Privacy .

2. Press the padlock to access the change settings and enter the administrator password.

3. In the side menu, find the section Disk Access , click “+” and add the application Terminal .

4. Launch the Terminal and enter the following command:

ln -s /Volumes/DRIVE/ios_backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Where instead of DRIVE specify the name of the connected drive.

5. Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Now copies will be created at the path specified in the command on the removable drive. Make sure that it is connected to the computer during the backup and that it has enough free space.

How to Change the Default iPhone Backup Location on Windows

In the operating system from Microsoft , you need to open the command line and run the following command:

mklink /d “C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\” D:\Backup

Where USER_NAME is the name of the account being used (the user’s work folder) and D:\Backup is the new backup location.

You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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