How to View the Contents of iPhone Backup

Last Updated on April 21, 2023 by Jason Ben
I have shifted my phone from iPhone 8 to Samsung Galaxy for a long time without transfer all photos to the new one. Recently, I was looking for a picture for my son’s pre-school graduation. Unfortunately, I found that my iPhone is dead and cannot boot. Heaven never seals off all the exits, it suddenly occurs to me that I have backed up my iPhone 8 with both iCloud and iTunes. And I think it can be possible for me to extract some photos from the backup, but I don’t know how to do it. Can someone help me out?

Lisa Jes

These are so many circumstances that you need to open and view your iPhone backup files, such as iPhone loss, careless deletion, and device broken. Even if you successfully find your iPhone backup, you could not view files with this “raw” backup file.

What you need is an iPhone Data Extractor that can open the backup file and extract your photos, call logs, videos, contact, text message and more other data. Before extracting data from iPhone Backup, the very first thing that you must make sure is that you have created one or more backups with iCloud or iPhone.

How to Check if I Have iPhone Backup Files

Both iCloud and iTunes can create backup of iOS devices for you. if you have no idea which option have you chosen to make iPhone backup. You must check manually. Below are the methods to find out where is you have created iPhone backup.

How to Check if I Have iCloud Backup

You could not find any iPhone Backup list on To find out if you have iCloud backups, you can check with the following methods:

On iPhone or iPad:

  • Using iOS 11 or later and iPadOS, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.
  • Using iOS 10.3, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Tap the graph that shows your iCloud usage, then tap Manage Storage.

On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Click Apple ID.
  3. Click iCloud.
  4. Click Manage.
  5. Select Backups.

On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Move to iCloud.
  3. Click Manage.
  4. Select Backups.

On your PC:

  1. Open iCloud for Windows, if you don’t have it just install it first.
  2. Go to Storage.
  3. Select Backup.

How to Check if I Have iTunes Backup

If you have the iPhone device:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. On the Summary page, move to Backups column, under the title “Latest Backup”, if you can see records down there then you have iPhone Backup with iTunes.

If you don’t have the device:

If you have no access to your iPhone anymore, you must go to the location that iTunes stores iPhone backup files. Or try to use our iPhone Backup Extractor to check if you have an iTunes Backup.

On Windows:

There are two possible locations.

C:\Users\[Your username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\


C:\Users\[Your username]\Apple\MobileSync\Backup\

You can enter folder “AppData” by entering %appdata% in the search bar.

On Mac:

Search ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ with the search feature on macOS.

Check iTunes Backup with our Tool

With our iPhone Backup Extractor (UltData), you can check all iOS backups with ease. Install and launch the program, select Recover Data form Backup module. This program will detect all iTunes Backups and list in the table.

How to View iCloud iPhone Backup Data

With our iPhone Backup Extractor, you have a little chance to view your iCloud Backup Data, since it is more and more difficult to download an iCloud backup file from iCloud server. While the good news is you can still find some data that your sync with iCloud among different iOS devices. The Steps are easy as below:

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Step 1 On the main screen of the program, choose Recover Data from iCloud. Then Log in your iCloud Account. You will be asked for a verification code due to two-factor authentication. The program won’t save your account information, you don’t have to worry about your confidential safety.

Step 2 Here on this page, you have some data that you can recover. They are Photos, Photo Video, Contacts, Notes & Attachments, Reminders, and Calendar & Attachment. However, all these data are those set to stream to your iOS device not the data in your iCloud Backup.

If you can’t find the data that you want, and you don’t want to give up, you have anther option. That is to turn your iCloud backup into iTunes backup. The procedure will be a little complicated. You must restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup first then backup your iPhone with iTunes. Finally, you will get a counterpart of the iCloud backup. Now you can view the iCloud backup data by extracting data from the corresponding iTunes backup that you just made.

Note: To turn your iPhone back to the one before you restore from iCloud, you need to make a backup before you do that. After your have copy the iCloud backup to iTunes backup, you can restore your iPhone once again and back to the status that you want.

How to View iTunes iPhone Backup Data

There are few people that back up their iPhone on computer with iTunes, if you are one of them, then you are a lucky one. To view iTunes iPhone Backup data with our iPhone Backup Extractor is extremely easy and it works 100%, you can even view every piece of data in an iTunes iPhone Backup. Let’s get into the steps.

Step 1 With our iPhone Backup Extractor installed, select Recover Data from Backup on the home screen.

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Step 2 On the iTunes backup list page, you can see all iTunes backups on the computer with device name, backup date, model, and backup size. Pick one that you think might contain the data you need, and click Next.

Step 3 Select the data type that you want to view, and click Scan. It may take some time to analyze and extract data from the backup. When it is done, all data that are extracted will be listed in data type. Now you can view the data in the iPhone backup freely. If you need some of them, you can also choose to recover them to PC.