To be frank, Apple provides excellent service for users to deal with the increasing data on your iOS devices. You can either back up the data to iCloud or iTunes. Since iCloud storage is limited (5GB), most users like to create backups on iTunes.
Here comes the problem. The iTunes backup is not readable. How can you view the iTunes backup? One way available is that you can restore the backup to your iOS device. However, it is truly a hard decision if you only want to view some of the data because you will lose all the current data by restoring. It is sure that you can make another backup of the existing data, and then restore the newly-made backup again. However, it is really inconvenient and time-consuming.
Don’t worry! Read this guide, you will know how to locate and easily view the iTunes backups without restoring.
1 General Location of iTunes Backup on Mac or PC
It is convenient for us to use iTunes to creates backup for our devices. But do you know the location of backup file on your computer?
On Mac, the iTunes backup can be located by entering ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ on the spotlight
For Windows XP, you need 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\.
Please make sure you know the username of your computer, then edit the directory before copying.
2 How to Locate Backups on Your Mac or PC
You can also search for a specific backup on your computer.
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 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 tips only allow you to locate the backup files. What if you want to see the details in these iTunes backup files? You will have to use a third party tool that supports extraction of data from iTunes backup files. A powerful software that can extract and view files from iTunes backup is highly recommende, which is iMyFone D-Port iTunes viewer. This tool not only extracts files from iCloud backup file but also exports files on your iOS devices. Below are some of its main features.
- iMyFone D-Port is built with 3 modes, namely Export from iOS Device, Extract from iTunes Backup and Extract from iCloud Backup.
- It can selectively export files from iTunes and iCloud backup files.
- It can extract different 20 data types like App photos, Photos, Messages, Videos, Voice Memos, Contacts, Call Logs, WhatsApp Messages, KiK Messages, Skype History, Safari bookmarks and others.
- It is a tool that helps you to view the data in your iTunes or iCloud backups without restoring the backup to your iOS devices.
- 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-Port
Now, let us focus on how to view iTunes backup. First, download iMyFone D-Port on your computer then install, and launch it. After that you can follow this guide
Step 1. Choose “Extract from iTunes Backup”
The interface is simple and direct. On the left panel of home window click on “Extract 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 files to view. You can click “Select All” at the bottom to view 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, you can see the files that are included in that backup. When you have choosed the files you want to view, you can click on “Export” at the bottom right. After that, A pop-up window will appear. Choose the destination folder to save the data. Then you can view them at any time on your computer.
Isn't it easy and convenient using iMyFone D-Port iTunes viewer to view and extract data from your iTunes backup file? Just have a try now! Any feedback on this guide will be very appreciated.