How To Delete Old iPhone Or iPad Backups From Your Mac

Is your Mac’s internal storage nearly full? If so, you may have seen an error message indicating that your startup disk is nearly full. I typically use OmniDiskSweeper to free up storage space on a Mac. One of the easiest techniques I use to free up some storage space is to remove backups of iPhones or iPads that haven’t been used in months. Use these instructions to remove iPhone of iPad backups that you no longer need which are taking up precious storage space on your Mac.

  1. Open iTunes by clicking on its icon on the Dock, if present, or open it from your Applications folder.
  2. Click on the iTunes menu and select Preferences
  3. Click the Device button
  4. Review the list of backups listed. If you want to delete one, click on it
  5. Click the Delete Backup button
  6. You will be asked if you really want to do this. If you do, click the Delete button
  7. Click on iTunes and select Quit iTunes