How to Find and View iTunes Backup Files

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Where is the iTunes backup file on your computer?

Running iTunes on your computer may have been a daily work for you, and you know that iTunes can automatically generate a backup for your device. You can restore your iPhone from the previous backup any time you want. However, many users don't know where the iTunes backup file is located or how to view iTunes backup on their computer. If you're one of them, don't worry, here is how to find iTunes backup on your computer:

Directly find iTunes backup on the computer

iTunes backup locationon on Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

iTunes backup location on Windows XP: Documents and Settings/users(username)/Application Data/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

iTunes backup location on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10: Users(username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press Return.

Find iTunes backup via iTunes

  1. Run iTunes and select to "Preferences" from the menu bar.
  2. Click "Devices"
  3. Right-click the backup that you want and choose the "Shown in Finder". Then it will lead you to the location of this backup on your computer.

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From the above introduction, we can easily find iTunes backup. But these iTunes backup are not readable because of the fomat compatibility. So, how can we view these iTunes backups? Let's keep reading.

How can I view iTunes backup files on PC or Mac

Finding the backup file doesn't mean you've really got it. In order to protect personal privacy, iTunes backup is a kind of SQLITEDB file, which doesn't allow anyone to access or preview. You only can restore the whole content to your device, single SMS or contacts not permitted. If you want to access it, you need an iTunes backup viewer like Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery. It empowers you to view all details of your iTunes backup content in 2 steps.

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  • Export and print what you want from the iTunes backup to your computer.

This step-by-step guide is based on Windows operating system. If you're a Mac user, the steps are actually the same, but you still can switch to the Mac-based tutorial through the button above.

Step 1. Choose an iTunes backup and extract it

Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery provides you with three ways of data recovery. To access and view iTunes backup files, you need to choose the one of "Recover from iTunes Backup Files". Then you can see all your iTunes backup files existed on the computer. Choose the one you want to access and click on the "Start Scan" button to proceed.

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Step 2. Preview and recover data from iTunes backup

When the scan is complete, you can view lots of contents in the backup file, such as contacts, messages, photos, notes, call log, calendar and so forth. During the preview, you can tick any item you want and save it on your computer by simply clicking on the "Recover" button.

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View iTunes backup on Mac

This guide is specially written for Mac users. Please download and install the iTunes backup viewer on your Mac. Then follow the steps below to access iTunes backup and recover the item you want.

Step 1. Choose the iTunes backup file and extract it

After running the iTunes backup viewer on your Mac, go to the mode of "Recover Data from iTunes Backup Files". Then the program will detects all iTunes backup files on your Mac. Choose the one that you're going to access and view. Click on the "Start Scan" button to exrtact contents from the backup.

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Step 2. View iTunes backup and recover the data to your Mac

The extracting only takes you a few seconds. When it's done, you can view all data extracted from the iTunes backup file one by one. Mark any data you want to save on your Mac and click on the "Recover" button to do it.

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Extra tips: How to delete iTunes backup

If you find your iTunes backup on the computer, then we can directly delete it. Apart from this method, we introduce another method to help you delete iTunes backup.

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer. Go to "iTunes" > "Preferences".
  2. Click "Devices"
  3. After that, select the backup that you want to delete. If we don't know the detail information about each backup, we can then hover the mouse pointer over the iTunes backup to see the details.

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