Where does OS X Lion save all the information it copies when making backups of my iPhone 4? Specifically, I'm looking for where my contacts, photos, music are.

I can not find them in the 'Application Support' folder.


Information about your iPhone is in ~/Library/MobileDevice

The Backup of your iPhone (photos, documents, settings, etc.) is in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

Neither of the above are in a form which is easily readable.

To be able to see and/or extract data from the backup you can use an application like iBackup Viewer

  • I have looked the same path, but under Applocation Support I an not fined MobileSync/Backup. – user43929 Feb 28 '13 at 15:52

Don't forget also about the mobile apps from your phone. When you do a phone backup from iTunes it also prompts you to back up all the mobile apps from your phone.

The apps are backed up separately and stored at the following directory: ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications

For Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier the location is: ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/

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