Andrew Coles
Last updated by Andrew Coles,

When an iTunes or an iCloud backup is performed for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, important data is saved into various files within the backup folder.

The filenames are encoded so they appear as strings of letters and numbers if you access the backup folder, using what is known as a hex-encoded SHA-1 hash. In many versions of the iPhone operating system the same names are used.

Here are some of the core SQLite database files found in the iTunes backup folder. The file names are the same for both iTunes and iCloud backups.

iOS 11 iPhone backup file locations

ContentsReal filenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
RemindersCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.sqliteca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
NotesNoteStore.sqlite4f98687d8ab0d6d1a371110e6b7300f6e465bef2
Call hist.call_history.db2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locationsconsolidated.db4096c9ec676f2847dc283405900e284a7c815836

iOS 7, 8, 9 and 10 iPhone backup file locations

ContentsReal filenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
RemindersCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.sqliteca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call hist.call_history.db2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locationsconsolidated.db4096c9ec676f2847dc283405900e284a7c815836

The paths to the WhatsApp, Snapchat, Kik, Viber and WeChat databases are mentioned in the table below. These filenames are available for iOS 8 and 9 but have different names for the older versions of iOS.

Chat AppStored toBackup filename
WhatsAppApplication Domains/net.whatsapp.WhatsApp
/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite
1b6b187a1b60b9ae8b720c79e2c67f472bab09c0 275ee4a160b7a7d60825a46b0d3ff0dcdb2fbc9d 7c7fba66680ef796b916b067077cc246adacf01d
SnapchatApplication Domains/
com.toyopagroup.picaboo/
Documents/
chats.plist (private messages) or stories.plist (public snaps)
1cd3cd2b412f7b045dd479b617cb2a4f99ffdfee 7cdb9af6c5352b97cc0f87369df43c49a45c99f3
KikApplication Domains/
group.com.kik.chat/cores/private/……/kik.sqlite
8e281be6657d4523710d96341b6f86ba89b56df7
ViberApplication Domains/
com.viber/Documents/Contacts.data
b39bac0d347adfaf172527f97c3a5fa3df726a3a;
WeChatApplication Domains/
com.tencent.xin/
Documents!/DB/MM.sqlite
(Varies dynamically)

iOS 6 iPhone Backup File Locations

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
RemindersCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.sqliteca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call historycall_history.db2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locationsconsolidated.dbRemoved from iTunes backup, not iDevice

iOS 5 iPhone Backup File Locations

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
RemindersCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.sqliteca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call historycall_history.db2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locationsconsolidated.dbRemoved from iTunes backup, not iDevice

iOS 4 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.sqliteca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call historycall_history.db2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locationsconsolidated.db4096c9ec676f2847dc283405900e284a7c815836

iOS 3 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.db740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call historycall_history.dbff1324e6b949111b2fb449ecddb50c89c3699a78

iOS 2 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedb31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notesnotes.db740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call historycall_history.dbff1324e6b949111b2fb449ecddb50c89c3699a78

iOS 1 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameBackup filename
SMSsms.db3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
ContactsAddressBook.sqlitedbadb8c77534444e97c31ff15924d50f3ed1fbd3b1
CalendarCalendar.sqlitedb14ee8cdc3e6e0220399ff210246e1c92b7df89a0
Notesnotes.db740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call historycall_history.dba49bfab36504be1bf563c1d1813b05efd6076717

As you’ve seen, it’s rather difficult to work with files named like this. If you'd like an easier way to tell what's in your iTunes or iCloud backup, we provide a tool that does all this decoding for you. Take a look at the iPhone Backup Extractor.

We've helped over 3,000,000
people recover their lost iPhone data.
Let us help you too.
 Works with Windows and Mac