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Free iPhone Data Recovery: How to Recover Data from iPhone Backup

Sept. 22, 2014 9:32 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to Apple Devices
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Apple's iPhone is probably the most-hyped gadget ever created but it is not problem free. Hopefully you don't need to look for free iPhone data recovery solutions, but if you would like to know how to bail out of a situation where your iPhone need to recover lost data after iOS 8/7.1/7update, jailbreak, factory reset, etc. then read on.

To recover iPhone, we have to use iPhone backup which was created when we backed up iPhone or synced iPhone with iTunes. Then we should get some knowledge as to where to look for it. Still we could free trial iPhone Data Recovery, which gives another data recovery choice.

iPhone Backup Location on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Where iPhone backup stores depends on what OS you are running. Here's a table for your reference.

OS iPhone Backup Location
Windows XP C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync\Backup
Obviously if your main drive is not C: then you'll have to change that, same goes for "user".

Mac OS ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

For Mac OS the (~) symbol signifies your home directory, which is the same place all your other documents and information are stored.

Recover Contacts from iPhone Backup with Free iPhone Data Recovery Utility

Under the backup directory, you will see a directory which looks like a unique ID. Find files with the *.mdbackup extension. The .mdbackup files are the actual backups of all the applications and settings of your iPhone.

You can't view these files, because they are what Apple calls Binary plists. And to decrypt them, you ideally need a Mac and the utility called iphone-backup-decoder. Below are the steps for the command line version of this utility.

Recover Deleted, Lost Data Directly from iPhone

The above solution is quite helpful and interesting; however it does require some time and basic knowledge on SQL. We can't help wondering: Is there other ways to recover iPhone data? iPhone Data Recovery could be our second choice. Free download iPhone Data Recovery to see how it works to recover iPhone contacts, photos, text messages, notes, call history and other iPhone contents.

Additionally, iPhone Data Recovery supports to recover data from iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and other iPhone models. And we could just have it work on our Windows OS. No need to copy the backup to Mac. If you are looking for freeware data recovery on iPhone, have a try on it.

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