Gain Some Extra Drive Space by Deleting Old and Unnecessary iOS Device Backups

If you’ve always been diligent about backing up your iOS devices to iTunes on your Mac or to iCloud, give yourself a gold star! Both backup destinations are fine, but there’s one potential downside to iTunes backups: they can consume a lot of drive space on your Mac. In iTunes, go to iTunes > Preferences > Devices, where you’ll see all the iOS device backups that iTunes has stored. If there are multiple older backups or any for devices you no longer own, you can get rid of them. Control-click the offending backup, and choose Delete. Or, if you want to check how large a backup is first, instead choose Show In Finder, and then in the Finder, choose File > Get Info. When you’re ready, move the selected backup folder to the Trash.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for this info. My wife & I are on our third iPhones and we still had backups from the other 2 on our iCloud….plus an iPod backup from the dark ages!

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