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3 Steps to Extract iTunes Backup File and View the Lost Contents

Mar. 18, 2014 10:29 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to iTunes Tips
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Each time when you connect your iOS device to a computer, your devices will automatically sync with iTunes and generates a backup file which contains all your data: photos, contacts, notes, call history, messages and etc. This file is not readable. If you want to recover data from your device in readable formats, such as JPG, Excel, TXT, XML fils. you will need a tool like iTunes Backup Extractor Software - Extract iTunes .plist backup to Computer readable files.

Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery for Mac is a Mac software application that makes it possible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users to extract backup data and display a read-out of the available data. It supports the newest iTunes 11.1. Once the file is extracted, you can preview lost pictures, text messages, contacts, and other information from previously performed backups of your device. If necessary, you can recover them, as well.

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Where iTunes Backups are Stored on Your Computer

Before you extract data from any backup, we need to know the default folder where your backup data are stored. The folder varies depending on the computer's operating system.

How to Extract iTunes Backup File in 3 Steps

Step 1: Select the Backup File

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It is not necessary to have your device connected to your computer when using this tool because it directly queries the root directory on your computer that contains your backup and extract it.

Before getting started, you should make sure you have ever synced iOS device with iTunes. If so, when you launch this software, a backup file is listed on the interface. Select it and click "Start Scan".

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Step 2: Extract a Copy of Backup File

Here all the contents in the backup file have been displayed, and you can preview and check them one by one. After preview, check those you want to back up and hit to "Recover" and save them.

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To avoid losing data from your device, do remember to backup it on your computer well.

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