How to Extract data from iPhone Backup(iTunes&iCloud)

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Jason Ben

What you can get from iPhone iTunes Backup?

These are so many circumstances that you need to view and retrieve data from your iTunes Backup file for iPhone, such as iPhone loss, careless deletion, iPhone broken. And if you successfully find your iPhone backup, you could not view all thing with this “raw” file. What you need is a program that can decrypt the files to photos, video, contact, message and other original- readable files. Before extracting data from iTunes Backup, the very first that you have to make sure is that you have created a backup with iTunes one day in the past accidentally.

Then, you need to know what data iTunes Backup had copied and saved for you. It says that an iTunes backup includes almost all of your device’s data. But what is excluded:

  • Those content downloaded from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDF Files downloaded to iBooks.
  • Those content transferred from iTunes, like MP3 songs or CDs, videos, books, and photos.
  • Photos already stored in iCloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library.
  • Touch ID settings.
  • Apple Pay information and settings.
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you’ll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)

If the data that you want is not listed above, congratulations! You got a big chance to get you data back from iTunes Backup.

Now, you need to know (actual you don’t need to know) might curious that where to find your iTunes backups. The location of iTunes backup varies depending on your operating system. For Mac user you can locate those backup by iTunes. On Windows, iPhone iTunes Backups are stored in user folder.

Location of iTunes backups on PC and Mac

Mac: Find device backups in

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

  1. Launch iTunes > Preferences.
  2. Click on “Devices” Button.
  3. Right-click the backup you need and Click “Show in Finder”.


\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

The things that have to be ready to your hand

  • Download dr.fone toolkit (Donwload and Install on your Windows)
  • Download Mac dr.fone toolkit (Donwload and Install on your Mac)
  • A PC or Mac that you had used to create iTunes Backups
  • Your iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch(it is okay if you get it lost)
  • USB cable to connect your iOS devices (if you don’t have a iDevice, then, you know.)

eExtract Data from iPhone backup

Now you have everything stand by. Just launch iOS Data Recovery on your computer then Click over Recover from iTunes Backup File , then you will see a Start Scan button, Click the button, iOS Data Recovery will help you to find out all iTunes backup file of your iOS device and list all backup on a table. You can also order the list by “Name”, “Latest Backup Date” and “Serial Number”. When you have found the backup that you want, just select it by click over on it, then “Start Scan”.

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After a prompt scanning, all files are listed tidy. Now you can browse all backed up files freely. There are three top categories – Photos & Videos , Message & Call log and Memos & Others . You will find Photos, App Photos and App Videos in Photos & Videos category. You will find Message (text SMS), Message Attachments, Contacts (Phone Number), Call History, Voicemail, WhatsApp and WhatsApp Attachments in Message & Call log . Notes, Calendar, Reminders, Safari Bookmark, Voice Memos and App Document are all affiliated to Memos & Others .

Whatever you want to extract, just select the document type then you will see all files listed on the right. You will find a Filter drop down menu, with which you can view only the deleted files, only the existing files or all files.

After selecting all files that you want to extract, then click Recover , all files that you want will copy to your PC.

What if you couldn’t see any backup listed?

If there are no backup that iOS Data Recovery Software can find, please make sure that the computer you are using had stored your iTunes backup. Or, you can connect your iPhone/iPad with the computer, then make a backup. But in this case, you can only extract files that you have now on your iPhone.

For those who want to extract data from iPhone or retrieve data from iCloud, you have to use mode Recover from iOS Device and mode Recover from iCloud Backup File .

How get photos from iPhone backup? How to extract notes from iPhone backup? read this post and you will know it. At last, I highly recommend you to backup your iPhone every time you connect iPhone with your computer, especially before you upgrading the iOS version.