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dr.fone - Recover (iOS): How To

How To: Recover Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1. Choose Recovery Mode

Launch dr.fone and click "Recover".

drfone home screen

Then choose "Recover iOS Data".

drfone data recovery

You can see three options on the side here. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File". After then, the iTunes backup recovery tool will detect all iTunes backup files on this computer and display them in the window. You can confirm which one is the one you need according to the date it has been created.

choose itunes backup recovery

Step 2. Scan Data from iTunes Backup File

Choose the iTunes backup file that contains the data you want to recover and click "Start Scan". It will take a few minutes to extract all data from the iTunes backup file. Be patient.

scan your itunes backup file

Step 3. Preview and Recover Data from iTunes Backup

After a few seconds, all data in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories. You can preview them one by one before recovery. Then you can selectively mark and recover those you want by pressing the "Recover" button at the bottom. Now contacts, notes and messages can be directly recovered to your iOS device if you keep your iOS device connected with your computer via a USB cable during the recovery process.

Tips: you can see there is a search box in the result window. From there, you can type in the name of a file to search for it.

save itunes backup file

Tips: What if your iTunes backup file is located somewhere else?

When your iTunes backup file comes from somewhere, such as moved from another computer with a USB drive, how can you preview and get the content from it? There is a way. When you are at the first step, click "Select" under the list of iTunes backup files, and you can flexibly choose the iTunes backup file no matter where you place it.

find itunes backup file

Then in the pop-up window, preview and target your iTunes backup file. Then click "Start Scan" and you can move on with the step 2 above. It's pretty useful feature.

scan to preview itunes backup content