“I have been using iTunes for backing up my iPhone on my Mac, but have decided to back up to iCloud (for my iPad, too). What do I have to do to get the iPhone data off my mac now?? Thanks!!!”
According to the post above, all what the user want is to get rid of the iPhone backup on the Mac. Frankly speaking, it does not hurt to keep a backup (usually an iTunes backup) on the Mac machine, as iCloud is not as reliable as most expect. Besides, you always need a Wi-Fi connection to back up to iCloud or to restore from an iCloud backup. Finally, the syncing mechanism will drive you crazy.
To delete the iPhone backup from the Mac is easy enough. Here is how.
> Choose iTunes > Preferences.
> Click Devices.
> Choose the backup you want to delete. If you have multiple devices or backups, hover the mouse pointer over the backup to see more details.
Though I fully understand deleting the entire backup file can free up a lot of storage space I am pro with exporting all the important data like contacts, notes, messages, wechat, whatsapp, voice memos, reminders and photos etc from the iTunes backup on your Mac as readable file in case the iCloud backup is corrupted.
There is a piece of third party iPhone data recovery software, iFonebox, that can extract the data from the iPhone backup on your Mac selectively. Here is how.
> Install and run the full version on your Mac.
> Choose the recovery mode of “Recover from iTunes Backup”.
> Select the iTunes backup on your Mac from which you want to export the data like contacts, notes, message, and photos etc. Or you can simply choose to recover all the supported data by clicking on “Recover All”.
> If you choose to recover all the data, you will be asked to define a destination folder for the exported data through browsing your iPhone.
> After the data scanning and analyzing is finished, you will be presented with the data you have chosen to export for previewing, if you have choose one certain data to export.
Choose whatever you want to recover to your computer. If you have chosen to recover all the supported data, you will be brought to the destination folder.
Now you are free of worrying about losing any data even something goes wrong, and if you can transfer all the exported data to anywhere else you want to save the storage space of your Mac.