MacMost Now 905: Managing Your iOS Backups

When you back up for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac, it stores it deep in your hard drive. But you don't need to go searching for those backups. You can manage them from inside iTunes. This is useful if you want to review your backups and delete old ones from old devices. You can also quickly find them on your drive to see how much space they take up. An archive function lets you save a backup and start a fresh one for a device.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 905: Managing Your iOS Backups”

    Pedro
    6 years ago

    There’s any way to backup my ios devices with itunes without sync apps?

      6 years ago

      Well, you can just plug it in, then choose Back Up Now from the summary page instead of Sync.

    Ken Nalven
    6 years ago

    I’m new to your site, but your tutorials are very useful.

    Piet van 't Zelfde (Pete)
    6 years ago

    Thanks again Lar, always learning new things by you, keep up the good things.

    Piet van 't Zelfde (Pete)
    6 years ago

    I mean Gary …. sorry. (Was busy with my Canadian cousin!)

    Dennis Mulqueen
    6 years ago

    I still don’t understand the difference between a backup and a sync.

      6 years ago

      Sync will synchronize data between various apps on your Mac and device — like Photos, music, etc. Backup takes all of the data it needs from your iPhone and stores it so you can restore the iPhone if needed. So backup may take data from an app that wouldn’t “sync” to anything on your Mac or PC.
      So sync = synchronize data between matching apps.
      Backup = copy all data from all apps for use in a restore.

        Dennis Mulqueen
        6 years ago

        “So backup may take data from an app that wouldn’t “sync” to anything on your Mac or PC.

        I just can’t grasp the meaning of that sentence.

          6 years ago

          An example, then. Look at two apps. The first is the pre-installed Contacts app from Apple. The second is a drawing list app from another company. Let’s call that ABCDraw.
          When you sync, the data in Contacts is synced with the data in your Mac version of Contacts. They are now “in sync” as all data is the same in both.
          The ABCDraw app doesn’t have an equivalent version on your computer. So there is nothing to Sync. But you have still created 20 wonder masterpieces by drawing in that app. Syncing doesn’t put them on your computer, because there is no ABCDraw app on your computer to sync with.
          But when you backup, the data created by ABCDraw will be copied into a backup file on your computer for safe keeping. Should you lose your iOS device and get a replacement, then “restore” from your computer, those 20 drawings will be restored to ABCDraw.

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