If you have iTunes backups for your iPhone or iPad that are no longer stored in the folder location that iTunes uses by default or if you'd like to have iExplorer backup your iPhone or iPad files to a folder other than the default iTunes location, you can easily point iExplorer to a different folder location in iExplorer Preferences or Settings.
To load backups from any folder on your PC or Mac or external drive, just open iExplorer Preferences or Settings and add the folder path which is explained in the steps below. The default folder path that iTunes uses to store local backups will be chosen by default.
- Open iExplorer.
- Open iExplorer Settings or Preferences (On a PC: click on the gear icon in the upper right corner or press Control-comma. On a Mac: click iExplorer menu Preferences or press Command-comma.)
- On a PC, select Device Backups on the left side, OR on a Mac, select the Backups tab.
- Click on the button to Add Backup Location and choose the folder that contains the iTunes backups you want iExplorer to parse and load.
- Click on Close at the bottom of the window.
- Look in the Browse iTunes Backups section at the bottom of the left panel
You can also delete any of the backup folder locations in that same Settings page for Device Backups by clicking on the trash icon next to a folder location. If you delete the default location that iTunes uses to store backups and would like to add it back, you can either restore defaults in the lower corner of iExplorer Settings or you can Add the default folder location back manually which is included below:
PC: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Mac: Home/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
(Your Home folder is represented by a tilde ~ on your Mac)
If you aren't sure how to identify an iTunes backup folder, a backup folder for an iOS device will be named after its UDID (universal device ID) which is a 40 character hex name, so it will be a folder with a name that's a mix of 40 numbers and capital letters.
To configure iExplorer to create new backups in a different folder than what iTunes uses by default, you can click on the button to Change New Backup Directory on that same Backup tab of iExplorer Preferences or Settings.