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Backup an iPhone or iPad to an external drive, or another location

iTunes can back up your mobile devices to a default location on your computer's system drive. But what about backing up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive or NAS? To a specific folder or partition?

iMazing not only features the tools to easily set a backup location, it also makes backing up safer by letting you keep many backups of a device at a fraction of the disk usage cost. And if needed, you can even set a different backup location for each your devices.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

Instructions

To change your device's backup location:

  1. In the sidebar, select your device.
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  2. In the main window, click the cogwheel icon next to your device's name. This will open the Device Options window.
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  3. In the Device Options window, click Change Backup location. SCREENSHOT_03
  4. Select a disk, or click Choose a custom location to choose a specific folder.
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  5. Click Done. You've set the new backup location for that device.

💡Tip: *If you select a disk, iMazing will create an *iMazing.Backups folder at the root of your drive.*

What to keep in mind

  • The first time you back up a device, iMazing will automatically display backup location options.
  • Changing your backup location will only affect future backups. It will not move existing backups to the new backup location.
  • Changing your iMazing backup location will not affect your iTunes backups' location.




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Updated 13 Apr, 2017

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