How to view iPhone iTunes backup files on computer?

Most iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users may be familiar with iTunes and know how to use it to back up an restore iOS device, keep data synced between iOS device and computer through iTunes sync. When you backed up iPhone iPad to computer via iTunes, do you want to view iPhone files on computer or open and view iTunes backup files on PC and Mac computer? Sometimes when you lost data on the iOS device, you may want to know whether you can find it in iTunes backup or not. However there is no option to open iPhone backup in iTunes allows you to preview iPhone backups via iTunes before restore, you can’t view iPhone backup files on computer through iTunes.

How to view iPhone iTunes backup files on Mac or PC?

iPhone files will be saved as encrypted files and data on your Mac or PC through iTunes. Although you can find them in your computer hard drive, you can copy them to external device or storage, you can even delete iPhone backups from computer to clear storage space, but you have no easy way to open and preview iPhone files included in iTunes backup on Mac or PC. The solution is easy. In order to read data from iTunes backup or iPhone backup on computer, you need a iTunes backup viewer software. We recommend you this iPhone data recovery. Admittedly there are many other tools or solutions can help you find, open and read iPhone backups on computer, but this one is for sure the easiest one you can find for now. Go and get the free trial version of this iPhone data tool on to your PC or Mac below.

Why use iPhone data recovery to fetch data from iTunes backup or iPhone backups?

  • You can view up to 17 different data types from iPhone on computer;
  • You cannot only preview iTunes backup file on computer, but also export data from iPhone backup to computer hard drive and save them as readable file formats;
  • It can scan iTunes backup files on computer automatically, so you do not need to manually find iPhone backups;
  • Two more great alternative methods available, allows you to scan iPhone, preview iPhone files, save iPhone files to computer or download iCloud backup to computer.
  • No iTunes required.

Following are the steps for viewing iPhone files on Mac and PC.

Step 1. Scan iTunes Backup File on computer

Run iPhone data extractor software on your Mac or Windows computer. Switch to the ‘Recover from iTunes backup file‘ tab from the left navigation menu. This iTunes data extractor can automatically search for all iTunes backup files on your Mac or PC. You will see a list of saved iTunes backups on computer. Select an iTunes backup file of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then click the Scan button to extract data from iTunes backup on Mac or PC.
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Step 2. View iPhone files from iTunes backup on computer

Wait a while when the iPhone data extractor software is extracting data from iTunes backup on the computer. After that, you will get a very long category list in on the left side with all contained files and documents in iPhone backup file via iTunes, like photos and videos from iPhone Camera Roll, app photos, app videos, SMS messages, message attachments, contacts and phone numbers, call history, voicemail, WhatsApp chats and conversations, WhatsApp received files, iPhone notes, calendar, reminders, Safari bookmarks, voice memos, app documents.  You can view or preview iPhone files on computer in the preview window of the right side. Click Photos from the left menu, you can view photos in iTunes backup on computer. You can select any file types from iTunes backup and preview them, such as contacts, messages, photos, notes, call log, calendar and so forth.
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As we mentioned above, you can view up to 17 different data types from iPhone on computer. You cannot only preview iTunes backup file on computer, view iPhone files on Mac or PC, but also have the option to export data from iTunes backup to computer hard drive and save them as readable user-friendly file formats.To do that, just select files in the preview window, then click the Recover button at the bottom right corner of this iPhone data retrieval program, you will get a pop-up dialogue asking where you like to save the selected iPhone data to. You can follow the on-screen tips to proceed and grab any data from iTunes backup.

If your iPhone has a broken screen and you like to view iPhone files on Mac or computer, you can use above software to scan iPhone storage directly, you will then be able to view iPhone files on computer and/or back up data from iPhone to computer. Please note you can not only back up existing data from iPhone to computer, but also retrieve those deleted data on iPhone. For instance, you can refer to this tutorial to recover deleted text messages from iPhone, or this guide to get back deleted WhatsApp chat history on iPhone, and many more.