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How to view and access iPhone backup files

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iBackup Extractor allows you to access and view iPhone backup files. You can view files within backups on your Windows PC or Mac computer.

By default, making a backup of your iPhone, using iTunes, to your computer, will create a folder full of unreadable content. Check out our support article if you would like to find iPhone backups on your PC or Mac. To view files from your backups in a readable (and copy-able) format, you need a helping hand from a piece of software like iBackup Extractor.


Follow the steps below to access and view the files in a backup of your iPhone...

  1. Download, install and launch iBackup Extractor.
  2. Select a backup of your device from the dropdown list.
  3. Use the category tabs to browse different media on your backup.
  4. To explore all files, use the Backup Explorer tab.
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Detailed Information

If you've made a backup of your iPhone using iTunes or iBackup Extractor, you can find the backup files on your PC or Mac. It is not advised to move these backup files to a different location, or modify them in any way. However, with a professional software such as iBackup Extractor, you can access the contents of the backup, and even extract files from the backup to your computer in a readable format.

iBackup Extractor will show you all backups of your device in the backup dropdown menu.

Access iPhone backups on your PC or Mac.

Select the backup which you'd like to browse the contents of. The backup will be loaded, and you can explore!

Click the category links on the left-hand-side of the program to browse the different media contained within your backup. When viewing backup data in iBackup Extractor, you can extract data to your computer. For more information on how to copy files from the backup to your computer, check out our iBackup Extractor user guide.

If you don't see the data that you need within the media categories (e.g. Contacts, Images, Messages etc.), open the Backup Explorer tab. This tab will allow you to view all of your files in a folder-file format.

How to view and browse iPhone backup files

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@Lorun Please try creating a new backup of your device within iTunes before launching TouchCopy. This will ensure that TouchCopy can fall back to your latest data if it is unable to access the data itself.
Lorun wrote...
I am trying to retrieve text messages from the last few months. I can see my call log from that time but the only text messages I can see are from the last week or so. If I can find those messages, I will gladly purchase this product to retrieve them. Can you offer any pointers on how to do that? iTunes? iCloud? Thank you for allowing me to preview your product before knowing whether or not my information is there.