About iTunes backups

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About iTunes backups

iTunes can create backups of settings and other information on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, such as:


Photos (photos, screenshots, images saved, and videos taken) and Saved Photos (in devices without a camera).

Contacts and Contact Favorites.

Health (only if you have an encrypted backup).

Calendar accounts, events, and subscribed calendars.

Safari bookmarks, cookies, history, offline data, and currently open pages.

Autofill for webpages.

Offline web app cache/database.


Mail accounts. (Mail messages aren't backed up.)

Microsoft Exchange account configurations.

Call history.

Messages (iMessage and carrier SMS or MMS pictures and videos).

Voicemail token.

Voice memos.

Network settings (saved Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN settings, and network preferences).

Keychain. (Includes email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some apps.)

App Store app data. (Minus the app itself, its tmp, and Caches folder.)

App settings, preferences, and data, including documents. (PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks on an iOS device are not included in the backup).

In-app purchases.

Game Center account.


Location service preferences for apps and websites you've allowed to use your location.

Home screen arrangement.

Installed profiles.

Map bookmarks, recent searches, and the current location displayed in Maps.

Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings.

Paired Bluetooth devices (which you can only use if restored to the same phone that did the backup).

Keyboard shortcuts and saved suggestion corrections.

Trusted hosts that have certificates that can't be verified.

Web clips.


For more information, see https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204269.  


You can use a backup to restore this information back to your device after a software restore or update, or to transfer information to a different device. For more information about creating a backup and restoring from it, please read:


Use iTunes to restore your iOS device to factory settings

Back up and restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iCloud or iTunes


macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\


If you run EPV on the computer where iTunes is installed, it will allow you to browse through all backups stored there.


If you want to encrypt the information stored on your computer when iTunes makes a backup, select Encrypt iPhone backup in the iTunes Summary screen. Encrypted backups are indicated by a padlock icon, and a password is required to restore the information to iPhone. If you forget the password you can continue to do backups and use the device, however you will not be able to restore the encrypted backup to any device without the password. You do not need to enter the password for your backup each time you back up or sync.