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iPhone Backup Extractor: How to Extract iPhone Backup Files

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It is asked frequently that "Why I need iPhone backup extractor? As you know, I have iTunes backup files." I will answer this question with three reasons. Firstly, to protect personal privacy, iTunes backup is a kind of SQLITEDB file which is unreadable for us. Secondly, without an iPhone backup extractor, you only can restore the whole contents to your iPhone, single photos and contacts are not permitted. Thirdly, you will lose the newly added data on iPhone when you choose to restore from iTunes because what you can get is the last iTunes backup you made. That’s why you need a third-party tool to extract iTunes backup files to avoid the troubles mentioned above.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) is such an impressive software that can parse these unreadable iTunes backup files for you and it allows you to preview and recover lost data selectively. Additionally, it does no harm to the current data. This software can extract contacts, call history, calendar events, notes, voice memos, SMS, iMessage messages and even App data easily from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch backup automatically. Please download the Windows version or Mac version trial FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery here and have a test.

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How to Extract iPhone Backup Files from iCloud/iTunes

Step 1: Launch iPhone Data Recovery

Run the program without launching iTunes. Please pay extra special attention that you shouldn't plug iPad, iPhone or iPod into PC.

Step 2: Highlight a device you have ever synced with iTunes

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and a list will show the devices which you have ever synced with iTunes. Choose the one you need by clicking it.

Note: To export data from iCloud backup is the same. You can select "Recover from iClous Backup File" to go on.

Launch Program and Recover Files from iTunes Backup

Step 3: Click "Start Scan"

Click "Start Scan" to go ahead. The program will extract iTunes backup automatically.

Scan the iTunes Backup File to Be Extracted

Step 4: Preview backup files

The extracted backup files will be listed in categories. You can choose any category from the left sidebar and the corresponding contents will show in the right window. You can also click "Only display the deleted item(s)" in the top of the table to save time and efforts.

Preview Backup Files and Recover Them

Step 5: Extract files of backup

Click "Recover" after choosing what you need.

Extract Photos of iTunes Backup for iPhone

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) can rescue all you need from iDevice with zero quality loss. Now, you must have extracted data from iPhone backup on computer. For avoiding losing data again, you are advised to do a backup on the computer, too. It is always a better way to do a backup than any other insurances.

Extract iPhone Backup from FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore

If you have backed up via FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore before, you can restore what you want from the backups. No matter how many backups you have done before, you still are able to restore them.

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  1. Enter "iOS Data Backup & Resore" to select "iOS Data Restore".

  2. Preview the previous backups. Please select one of the backups to view. If it is locked, enter a password to unlock.

Click Backup to Analyze

  1. When the backup is analyzed, all data will be displayed on the screen. After you have confirmed what you need, click "Restore to PC" or "Restore to Device" to extract the files.

Preview Data