How to View iTunes Backup Files for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch on PC or Mac

"Where does iTunes backup my iPhone data? How can I see the contents of iTunes backup on my computer? Help."

If you have used iTunes to backup your iDevice, you won't be worried that you will lose data forever. However, the problem left here to deal with, is that you need to view iTunes backup files on computer to see what contents are backed up, to edit and manage the files, or to restore data from backup when your iPhone is broken or lost. This article will show you how to find iTunes backup files and view all data including photos, contacts, messages, notes, call history, etc. in readable formats with iTunes Data Recovery, which is applied to all Apple devices, such as iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4, iPad Air/iPad mini 2/iPad mini/iPad 4/iPad 2/new iPad/iPad 1, and iPod touch.

What Data Are Included in iTunes Backup

If you want to know what data are stored in iTunes backup, look at the quick list of what is included in the backup.

  • Camera Roll (Photos, screenshots, images saved, and videos taken).
  • Contacts and Contacts Favorites.
  • Call history, and Messages (iMessages, SMS, MMS, WhatsApp).
  • Voice Memos, calendars, Safari bookmarks, notes, call history, reminders, SMS attacjments
  • Various settings.

Where Is iTunes Backup Location on PC or Mac?

The locations of your iPhone backup, iPad backup or iPod backup in iTunes are different depending on the operating systems you use on your PC or Mac. You can find iTunes backup files in the following places:

  • Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista:

    \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

  • Windows XP:

    \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

  • Mac OS X Mavericks v10.9, Mountain Lion 10.8, 10.7, 10.6:

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

    Note: The "~" represents your Home folder. If you don't see Library in your home folder, Option-click the Go menu.

How to View iTunes Backup Files on Windows or Mac?

When you navigate to the location to view iTunes backup on computer, you will find it is in a proprietary database formats. The filenames of the backup files in iTunes are encoded, so they appear as strings of letters and numbers as the following table shows.

Therefore, you cannot view the exact data in details directly and you won't be able to manage them without a third-party program. We recommend iTunes Data Recovery to you, because it is the top-tier iTunes backup viewer software to extract the unreadable data from iTunes on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, and help to save all the photos, videos, contacts, SMS, call history, notes, Safari bookmarks and other data in readable formats, so that you can easily view, edit and manage them on your computer.

iTunes Data Recovery can automatically detect your iTunes backup files and you don't need to head to the locations. It works fine even though you have updated iTunes (iTunes 11, iTunes 11.1, iTunes 11.2, etc.).

The Mac version, iTunes Data Recovery for Mac has the same function and you can try it to view backups in iTunes on your Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), 10.7, 10.6.

Here we take the Windows version iTunes Data Recovery as an example.

  • 1. Download and install iTunes Data Recovery on your computer. After you run it, you will see all the iTunes backup files listed on the software's interface. Select the backup file you want to review and click "Start Scan".
  • 2. If you have encrypted the backup, enter the password and click "Decrypt" in the pop-up window. If you forget the password, use iPhone Backup Unlocker to find the lost password first.
  • 3. After scanning, you can view the contents of the backup in details. If you want to edit or manage them, you need to select all of them and then click "Recover".
  • 4. Select a save path on your computer to save all the data.

Then you can freely manage all your backup files on computer. Using iTunes Data Recovery to view and save data from iTunes backup files to computer is necessary, especially when your iPhone, iPad, iPod is lost or damaged.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPhone Backup Follow @Jerry Cook