How to Extract iTunes Backup for iOS Device

By Emily Watson, Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Updated on September 20, 2017. Supporting extracting iTunes backups for iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus.

iPhone data loss happens either from an unexpected deletion, system upgrade or devices being stolen. When people lost their photos, contacts, messages or notes on iPhone, they may want to extract the data from iTunes backup files. However, we don't know where the backup files located. Even though we painstakingly find out the location of these iPhone backups, we only find some unreadable SQlitedb file. To view iTunes backup files, you need a iTunes backup extractor on your Win or Mac computer. 

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, a professional iPhone backup extractor, can extract iTunes/iCloud backup files for iOS devices. It can extract photos, videos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, notes, calendar, call history and more from iTunes backup. The extracted files will be saved on your computer as readable images, videos, audios, HTML, CSV or VCF files. It is worth mentioning that this software can extract encrypted iTunes backups as well. 

Lose contacts, messages, notes, call history, photos, etc. on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch? No panic! Why not free download the TRIAL VERSION below and have a try right away? This iTunes backup viewer is available for both Mac and Windows PC.



    • Don't sync your iPhone with iTunes after suffering from iPhone data loss because iTunes will automatically update the previous backup file.

    • It is not necessary to have your iPhone connected to the PC or Mac when using FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

    • FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can extract encrypted iTunes backups only when you remember the password.

Following tutorial will show you how you can easily access and view these iTunes backup files on either a Mac or Windows computer.

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Step 1: Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File"

Download, install and run the program on your computer. Then, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File." A few seconds later, all iTunes backup files on your computer will be shown.

Recover iPad Data from iTunes Backups

Note: If your iPhone backup is encrypted, you will be promoted to enter the password to unlock it when clicking "Start Scan."

Scan Encrypted iTunes Backup

Step 2: Start to scan the backup files

You can pick out the iPhone backup to extract depending on the "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and even "Serial Number". Choose the one you need and hit "Start Scan."

Scan iPad Files from iTunes Backup

Step 3: Preview and data retrieved

Preview contents found in scanning process one by one. You can click Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Contacts, Messages, Call history etc. to find what you want and mark them down. Having this done, click "Recover" on the lower-right corner of the interface and wait for the expected results.

Preview and Retrieve Data from iTunes

Till now, you can access and read iTunes backup file by using FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. I believe it is simple enough in using and amazing enough in extracting. Finally, I must repeat again that please backup your iOS devices as a routine. The backup files are always more useful than insurance. Because when you confronted with data loss, backup files are the best insurance for you to recover lost files from iPhone.


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  • disqus_iouvhS8hCG

    For the encrypted backup, it says to enter the "password"....which "password" is it referring to???

    2014-10-25 15:17

  • FonePaw

    Hi, Kirs When you backed up iPhone data via iTunes, you chose "Encrypt iPhone Backup" and set up a encrypted password, that's it. Please refer to the attached screenshot:

    2014-10-25 15:17

  • disqus_iouvhS8hCG

    I never did that....weird....this is kinda my last ditch effort...the screen is completely smashed so I can't put in my 4 digit code so nothing will let me get to what is on there...Noooo idea

    2014-10-25 15:17