The Apple iPhone is the most successful smartphone at the moment and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. The iPhone has only been out for four years and it has already changed the mobile computing landscape for the better.

I’ve been using an iPhone ever since the day it first came out and trust me, I can’t even think of going back to the earlier days. The iPhone with it’s simple and elegant interface has won every critic over. When it comes to simplicity of use, the iPhone is probably the simplest computing gadget to backup. Infact, the user doesn’t even have to issue an explicit backup command. Every time the user connects an iPhone to a computer and hits the sync button in iTunes, iTunes takes a backup of the iPhone first and then moves on to the syncing tasks.

The problem with iTunes transparently backing up for the user is that the user never comes to know where the actual backup is stored, and how to recover data from the backup in case the phone crashes.

Well, to answer the first question, if you’re using a Mac, iTunes stores the backups in the following directory under the user’s home.

  • Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

If the user is using a windows based computer, the backups are stored in the following folder under the user’s home folder:

  • Application DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

So, if you ever need to take a look at the backup files yourself, depending on your operating system, browse to one of the above folders and copy that data out to someplace safer and easier to remember.

Now, the data is stored in the form of an SQLITE database and if you know how to read an SQLITE db file, go ahead and open it. If not, take a look at Geeky Ninja’s recovering data from an iPhone backup article.