Transfer iTunes backup files from Windows to Mac through SMB

Are you planning to switch from Windows to Mac and don’t want the iTunes backups to be left out? Here’s what you need to know copying iTunes backup folder and files from Windows PC to Mac.

Step 1. Turn on File Sharing on Mac

Click Apple menu, choose System Preferences… >> Sharing, click to enable File Sharing on Mac.

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Click Options… >> Share files and folders using SMB, then select the user account and type in its password to authenticate.

Step 2. Show iTunes backup folder on Mac

iTunes backup files on Mac is hidden by default. In order to access the iTunes backup folder on Mac from other computers, you need to show this folder first. We have issue discussed in this step-by-step guide to access and show user library on Mac.

Step 3. Access Mac iTunes backup folder from Windows PC

To connect to the Mac File Share from a Windows 10 PC, right click the Windows menu at the bottom left corner, select Run from the pop-up menu, or press the Windows + R key combination on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run window.

Type your Mac IP address, such as \\192.168.1.xxx, in the Run box, then click OK. The authentication dialog box appears. Type in your Mac username and password to proceed.

When you opened the Mac user library folder from Windows File Explorer, browse to the iTunes backup location ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. The “~” represents the Home folder for the currently logged in user. For example, if your username is John, the iTunes backup files on your Mac would be saved to John/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

Step 4. Find itunes backup files on PC and copy them to Mac

On Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, the iTunes backup path is \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\. Note that the iTunes backup folder is also hidden on Windows computer. You can refer to this guide to show hidden files in Windows 10.

Each sub-folder under ….\MobileSync\Backup\ represents one iTunes backup file. If you have backed up your iOS device 3 times using iTunes, you should find 3 sub-folders. You can view the folder modification date to determine the latest backups. If you have backed up several iPhone and/or iPad in iTunes, run iTunes on your PC, click Edit menu, select Preferences…, switch to the Devices tab in the Device Preferences window. Here you can find a list of all device backups in iTunes with your device name and backup date/time.

Copy the iTunes backup files and folder from Windows PC and paste them to the iTunes backup folder Mac via SMB. SMB shares is very fast. I managed to transfer a iTunes backup which is more than 2GB from Windows 10 to Macbook in about 12 minutes. The average file transfer speed is around 3MB/s.

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