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How to View iTunes Backup Easily (iOS 13/12 supported)

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Gabriel Hammond

July 14, 2016 (Updated: November 2, 2020锛

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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鈥檛 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 Windows

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 and how to access it?

On Mac,聽the iTunes backup can be located by entering ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ on the spotlight.

To search for a specific backup on your Mac computer, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1.聽Launch iTunes.

Step 2.聽On the main menu click on 鈥渋Tunes鈥 and select 鈥淧references鈥.

Step 3. On the window that appears click on 鈥淒evices鈥 and select a backup you want. Click on it and choose 鈥淪how in Finder鈥.

locate itunes backups on your Mac

For Windows XP, you need go to Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ and you will find your Backup.

To search for a specific backup on your Windows computer, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to search button on each. For Windows 7 go to 聽鈥淪tart鈥, On Windows 8 it is the 鈥淢agnifying glass鈥 on the top right whereas Windows10 you will find it next to 鈥淪tart鈥 icon.

Step 2. Now key in these: %appdata%.

Step 3. Click on 鈥淩eturn鈥.

Step 4. Next double click on 鈥淎pple Computer > MobileSync > Backup鈥 Folders and you will get your iTunes backup.

Windows itunes backups location

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 View and Extract iTunes Backup on Computer

The above tips only allow you to locate the backup files. What if you want to access and 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 recommended, which is聽iMyFone iTransor Lite iTunes Backup viewer聽(which has been renamed from D-Port). 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聽iTransor Lite iTunes Backup viewer (iOS 13/12 supported)

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Key Features:

  • Supports to export data from iOS Device, iTunes Backup, and iCloud Backup.
  • It can extract different 18 types of data like Photos, Messages, Videos, Voice Memos, Contacts, Call Logs, WhatsApp Messages, KiK Messages, Safari bookmarks and others.
  • It supports different iOS devices like iPod Touch 4, iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPhone SE/6/7/8/XS/XR/11 and much more.

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How to View iTunes Backup Using iMyFone聽iTransor Lite

Now, let us focus on how to view iTunes backup. First, download iMyFone聽iTransor Lite on your computer then install and launch it. After that, you can follow this guide.

Step 1. 聽Choose 鈥淓xtract Data from Backup鈥

On the left panel of the home window click on the 鈥淓xtract Data from Backup鈥 button. Choose an iTunes backup which you want to extract.

Choose extract from iTunes Backup

Step 2. Select Files and Scan

Select the file types that you want to extract from iTunes backup files to view. You can click 鈥淪elect All鈥 at the bottom to view all the data types. Click on 鈥淣ext鈥 to choose a backup file and then click 鈥淪can鈥 at the lower right.

Select Files

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 chosen the files you want to view, you can click on 鈥淓xtract鈥 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.

Preview and Extract iTunes Backup Files

Isn't it easy and convenient using iMyFone聽iTransor Lite iTunes Backup 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.

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