iTunes has proven the best companion foriOS device backup. After creating backup on your iTunes, you may want to view the backup files. This guide illustrates on how to locate and view iTunes backup on your Mac or PC.
1 General location of iTunes backup on Mac or PC
It is obvious that iTunes automatically creates backup for our devices. But do you the location of backup file on your computer? Well, that is not a surprise since most people don’t know this.
On Mac, the iTunes backup can be located by entering ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ on the spotlight
For Windows XP, go to Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ and you will find your Backup.
On Vista, 7, 8, and 10, go to \Users\(username) \AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.
One thing that its worth mentioning is that on where it is indicated ”Username” enter your account details.
2 How to locate backups on your Mac or PC
You can also search for a specific backup on your computer.
On Mac do this;
Step 1. Launch iTunes.
Step 2. On the main menu click on “iTunes” and select “Preferences”.
Step 3. On the window that appears click on “Devices” and select a backup you want. Click on it and choose “Show in Finder”.
On Windows 10, 8 and 7
Step 1. Go to search button on each. For Windows 7 go to “Start”, On Windows 8 it is the “Magnifying glass” on the top right whereas Windows10 you will find it on it next to “Start” icon.
Step 2. Now key in these; %appdata%.
Step 3. Click on “Return”.
Step 4. Next double click on “Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup.” Folders and you will get your iTunes backup.
3 How to view iTunes backup on computer
The above methods have only allowed locating the backup file. What if you want to see the files on these iTunes Backup file? It is simple you will have to use a third party tool that supports extraction of files from iTunes backup file. A powerful software that can extract and scan files from iTunes backup file is iMyfone D-Back iTunes viewer for Win or iTunes viewer for Mac. This tool not only extracts files from iCloud backup file but also scans files on your iOS device. Below are some of its main features.
- iMyfone D-Back is built with four scanning modes namely Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS, Recover from iTunes Backup and Recover from iCloud Backup.
- It can selectively recover files from iTunes and iCloud Backup file.
- It can restore different 22 data types like App photos, Photos, Messages, Videos, Audios, Voice Memos, Contacts, Call Logs, WhatsApp Messages, KiK Messages, Skype History, Safari bookmarks and others.
- It is a tool that you can entrust to fix and repair your iOS device when its stuck in Apple logo, black careen or White screen
- It supports different iOS devices like iPod Touch 4, iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 series, iPhone 5 Series, iPhone 4 Series and much more.
How to View iTunes backup using iMyfone D-Back
Now, let us focus on how to view iTunes backup. First, download iMyfone D-Back on your Mac or PC then install, and launch it. After that you can follow this guide
Step 1. Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup”
It user interface is simple and direct. On the left panel of home window click on “Recover from iTunes Backup” button. After that, click on “Start”.
Step 2. Select Files and Scan
Select the file types that you want to extract from iTunes backup file. You can click “Select All” at the bottom to restore all the data types.
Click on “Next” to choose a backup file and then click “Scan” at the lower right.
Step 3. Preview and Extract iTunes Backup Files
The files scanned are displayed on the program window. Now, click on each category and see the files that are in that backup file. When you are satisfied, check on each file type and click on “Recover” at the bottom right. On doing that, save window will appear. Choose the destination of your folder and create a name. Finally finish the process and click “Save”.
When the files are saved you can the view them from the folder of your computer. Try iMyfone D-Back iTunes viewer for Win or iTunes viewer for Mac to view and extract data from your iTunes backup file.