Why can’t I open a backup I have saved in another location?

MobileSyncBrowser takes privacy very seriously and is licensed for personal use on your own data.

To prevent privacy abuse it will only read unencrypted backups from the default location in your ‘Home’/‘User’ folder.

If you copy a backup to the default location, you may be required to connect the original device to ‘trust’ the computer, just as you would to connect to iTunes.