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How to Transfer iPhone Backup From PC to Mac?

Have you recently backed up your iPhone on your PC? Now, you need to send it to your Mac to restore your iPhone. Not an issue because this can be done easily using several methods. In this article, we have highlighted some of the easiest ways to transfer iPhone backup from PC to Mac more quickly.

View iPhones Backup Files on Mac

To check iPhone backup files on Mac, locate the search icon in the menu bar. Copy ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ and paste it to see the iPhone backups list. Launch Finder to view particular data on macOS Catalina 10.15 and beyond. Click Manage Backups in the General tab. Hit backup and select the ‘Show’ option to access the backup folder on Mac. For more tutorials on backing up iPhone to Mac, visit

Check iTunes Backup Content on Mac

Use PhoneRescue for iOS to view the backup file without restoring it. Install and launch this software on your system and choose ‘Recover from Backup’. Tap the arrow to access all iTunes backups. Choose the required file and data type you want to access. Select All and press OK if you want to view all kinds of data. Choose any category to get a preview and file extraction straight to your Mac.

Transfer iPhone Backup using SMB

Hit the ‘Apple’ menu and then ‘Sharing’ in the System Preferences. Enable ‘File Sharing’. In the Options, click Share files and folders using SMB. Choose the user account and enter the password. Show iTunes backup folder on Mac from a computer. Open the Mac iTunes backup folder by typing your Mac IP address in the run box. Browse the iTunes backup location in the Mac user library folder. Find iTunes backup files and copy them to Mac.

Check iCloud Backups Without Restoring

Alongside iTunes backup, you can also view iCloud backup and preview or extract content on the backup using PhoneRescue for iOS. Download it and choose ‘Recover from iCloud’. Hit the arrow button and sign in with your iCloud account. Choose the required file and press ‘Download’ to download the backup. Select the data type and hit OK to extract them. Once downloading completes, you can see the backup content and get them by clicking Recover.

See iPhone Backup Files with iTunes Restore

To view the backup files in iTunes, pair up your iPhone with your system and launch iTunes. Once you see your iPhone, press ‘Summary’. Hit the ‘Restore Backup’ button. Change backup preferences from iCloud to the computer if the backup option is grayed out. Wait for some time, and then you can view the saved backup data. You can again change the backup preferences once your iPhone has been restored.

View iPhone Backup Data with iCloud Restore

Reset your iPhone and hit ‘General’ in the Settings. Press Reset and click Erase All Content and Settings. Set up your phone. Execute the recommended onscreen setup process until the Apps, and Data screen appears. Click Restore from iCloud Backup. Sign in to iCloud with an accurate Apple ID and select the required backup. Wait until the progress bar completes. How much time it will take depends on your network speed and backup size.

Transfer iPhone Backup From Mac to PC

Access iTunes on your PC. Find the iTunes folder on your Mac and then choose Preferences from the Edit Menu. Click ‘Advanced’ and take a note of the folder’s location appearing in the opened box. Now, hit OK. Plug in an external hard drive and open it. Drag the required iTunes folder and drop that into the hard drive. Close iTunes. Plug the external USB drive into your PC and search the iTunes folder. Transfer the backup to the new folder ‘iTunes’.

Transfer Large Backup Files Using a Professional Tool

BitTorrent is a useful way to transfer very large files or groups of files (iPhone backup). It quickly recovers from interrupted transfers and errors without any problem. Copy a backup from the C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup folder on Windows. Then, move the backup to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup on your Mac.  

What Else?

Before transferring iPhone backup to MacBook Pro or Windows computer, there are certain things that you must consider. If you use iTunes on older versions, then manually transfer the backups from an old system. Or simply back up your devices on your new computer. If you’re scanning using iCloud, sign out on the previous system and set it up on your Mac. In case you forgot your iTunes backup password, use iPhone Backup Unlocker for quick decryption.

The Conclusion

After using any of the methods given above, you can easily transfer iPhone backup from PC to Mac. However, if you need to transfer your iPhone backup from Mac to PC, it is much simpler. Drag the required file from the location on your Mac to a flash drive or something. Now, drop that to the correct location on your PC.

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