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When I choose to install a new version of iOS on my device via iTunes, the installation file is huge (e.g. 750 MB). Where does iTunes save this file, and does it get deleted after the installation is done?

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On Windows XP

Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

On Windows Vista/Windows 7 Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

On Mac

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

I believe that the updates do not delete after they are installed.

Via this iPhone FAQ article.

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I have only 5.1 there, so I am guessing the previous ones are deleted when a new one is downloaded. –  GEdgar Apr 23 '12 at 13:32
    
Where is it stored in windows 8? –  user55826 Aug 26 '13 at 7:40
    
and for iPad the path is ~/Library/iTunes/iPad Software Updates/ –  HDA Apr 10 at 13:31

On Mac, you can delete the iOS firmware by going to Finder, pressing ⌘ cmd + ⇧ shift + G and go to ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates. From there, you can delete the files.

You don't have to delete them unless you are short on disk space, as they get replaced by newly downloaded files whenever there is an upgrade.

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C:\ProgramData\Apple Computer\iTunes

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