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How to Find and View iTunes Backup Files

I suppose as an iDevice user, you know that iTunes can back up most data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When you sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on), iTunes will automatically create a backup for your device. And the backup file is located in your computer: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ (for Mac users); C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ (for Windows 7 users).
But if you want to read or access a specific content in the backup, which is a kind of SQLITEDB file, that would be a bit tricky. Because most of the files in the backup are encrypted with a key derived from the iPhone hardware key. To view content of these files we have to decrypt them. Here I highly recommend iPhone Data Recovery. It is capable of finding and viewing your iTunes backup files.
Now let’s download the program to see how it works:


Tutorial: How to view iTunes backup file

Step 1.

Extract iTunes backup


Here we take iPhone Data Recovery for Mac as an example. If you're running Windows on your computer, download the Windows version and take similar steps as follows.
Run the program on your Mac and you'll get the primary window below. Please select the right model of your device.
extract itunes backup

Then you can select "Recovery from iTunes backup file" mode. Here all your iTunes backup files will be found and displayed. Choose the one you want to view and click on "Start Scan" to get the details.
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Step 2.

Preview and recover iTunes backup contents


After the scan, all files in iTunes backup are extracted including Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Contacts, Messages, and more. You can preview all files in original state as you like. Then choose them and click "Recover" to save them all on your computer as readable files.
preview itunes backup

By spending a little time, you can read the particular file of your iTunes backup. If you long for recovering Messages, Contacts, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Safari Bookmark, etc. from iTunes backup, you can turn to iPhone Data Recovery.

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