Delete iTunes Backup to Recover Hard Disk Space

Itunes keeps a complete backup of your iOS device occupying hard drive space . These backups can soon build up and needs cleaning . To delete iTunes backup files and free disk space follow the tutorial below .

Steps to Delete iTunes Backup and Free Hard Disk Memory :

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer and go to Edit > Preferences (as shown in the image below)
  2. Now go to Devices tab . This will list all the device backups with history (as shown in the image below)
    itunes backup delete
  3. Select the old backups and click on Delete Backup button to remove them
  4. Itunes will empty your hard disk space . The backups once deleted cannot be recovered .

Also Read : Where iTunes Saves Backup Files

Recover More Space :

After deleting the backup file you can restore a significant amount of memory on your computer . Itunes also saves ipsw firmware files on the computer itself . You can delete these ipsw files to recover more space . To delete the .ipsw file , browse to the following location on your computer .

Mac Users

~username/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

Windows Users

Windows XP: / Documents and Settings/username/Application Data/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
Windows Vista & Windows 7: /Users/username/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

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