Whenever I connect my iPad to my mac itunes backs up it's current state. This is great and I want to keep it this way. Though it overrides the previous backup, which is ok most of the time, but now I want to keep my current state, permanently. So is there a way to select the current backup and keep it saved permanently, without it being overridden next backup?

By extension, is it also possible to keep iOS 6.1.2 saved somewhere (even after 6.1.3 is released), so I can try out 6.1.3 but can then always go back to 6.1.2 for jailbreaking? I was thinking of just restoring my iPad to 6.1.2, then back it up, and then save that backup, but perhaps there's a better way?

  • I don't know for Mac but at least on Windows, all the files are saved in C:\ProgramData\Apple and %userprofile%\AppData\Local. Equivalent locations would be there for OS X too
    – Pratyush Nalam
    Mar 3, 2013 at 13:11
  • Are you wanting to save the contents, or the iOS version?
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3, 2013 at 13:50
  • Both, I though a backup backed up everything (settings, apps, iOS.)
    – The Oddler
    Mar 3, 2013 at 17:25
  • no the backup only contains, contacts settings, pics not os related stuff!
    – Macmaniman
    Mar 3, 2013 at 21:36

3 Answers 3


~user/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

Just copy it :)

if you want the os too

iOS Firmwares

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    I'm pretty sure that does not include the iOS.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3, 2013 at 18:04
  • it never does? the os is seperate!
    – Macmaniman
    Mar 5, 2013 at 10:49
  • Although iTunes does store the user data of the OS there, 'backing up' the iOS firmware files is fruitless
    – Josh Hunt
    Apr 17, 2013 at 13:53

On a Mac, iTunes will save iOS backups to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
On PC, they're in in %appdata%\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

When iTunes creates these backups, it will only store your user files, not a copy of the OS as well. This doesn't make sense because you can only ever restore the latest version of iOS on a device. Rolling back to a previous version is just not possible.


Configure Time Machine and ensure it's backing up the folder where iTunes stores the iOS backups.

Depending on your needs, you could also archive a snapshot of that folder as desired and store it somewhere that it can't be deleted, since Time Machine could erase older backups if the space runs low on the destination.

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