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How to Extract Data from iPhone, iPad and iPod Backup on Mac

Oct. 30, 2014 5:37 pm / Posted by Jerry Cook to iTunes Tips
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What are iPhone, iPad and iPod backups?

When you connect our iPhone, iPad or iPod to PC and open iTunes, iTunes could back up all the settings, photos, Messages, Camera Roll, notes, call history, documents, saved games, Whatsapp and other data. This file is called iTunes backup file.

Why Need to Extract iPhone/iPad/iPod Backup?

1. The backup is a kind of SQLITEDB file that you can't read in your computer, which means that if you want to view these files or save them in readable formats on computer for backup, you have to extract iPhone, iPad or iPod backup using iOS backup extractor tool.

2. If your iPhone, iPad or iPod stopped working, or got lost or stolen, you could still get back all contacts, photos, SMS, call history and more by extracting the iTunes backup.

3. The other reason why you need an iPhone backup extractor is that iTunes updates the backup file every time you sync with it, no new backup files are created, and this makes it almost impossible to recover very old backup files.

How to Extract iPhone, iPad and iPod backup from iTunes on Mac OS X?

The tool that I adore is called iTunes Data Recovery for Mac which could extract photos, contacts, notes, call history and more from iTunes backup of iPhone, iPad and iPod. Here we take how to extract iPhone photos on Mac for example.

Supported iOS devices include:

Note: If your backup is encrypted, you need to decrypt backup firstly and then use the steps above to extract the decrypted backup.

How to Restore iPhone, iPad and iPod from iCloud backup?

Acturally, there is no way to extract iCloud backup for iPhone, iPad or iPod. However, you can use iCloud to restore lost data from backup. Here are steps.

Note: Before using iCloud backup, you should be aware that iClouds only gives you 5GB from space for free. You have to pay for dextral space annually. You'll also ensure good Wifi connection when using it for backup. Besides, iCloud only supports iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

If prefer to use iTunes backup, feel free to use iTunes Data Recovery for Mac to extract iPhone, iPad and iPod backup on Mac OS X.

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