Many people like to try Apple iOS betas as they come out. However making a committed move to an iOS beta has its risks and pitfalls, and after a while you might decide the new design and features cannot compensate for the iOS instability, frequent restarts and data loss. After all you need to use your device, right?
If you find yourself needing to revert from a beta iOS, you'll need to be aware that restoring an iOS beta iTunes or iCloud backup to a downgraded iOS device is not possible.
What are your options, then? Well, there's two:
Patch your backup to make it compatible with the earlier iOS, or
Pull the data you need from your iTunes or iCloud backup, and import it
If you need data from an iOS beta backup for either option, iPhone Backup Extractor is the right tool for you.
Your contacts, SMS messages, iMessages, notes, photos, videos and app data are all in your iTunes and iCloud backup, assuming you took one. But if you already downgraded the device to a non-beta iOS, you won't be able to restore the beta data. If you try, it'll give you the following message:
iTunes could not restore the iPhone "Renate's iPhone" because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored.
iTunes can store backups locally on your Windows PC or Mac for easy restoration of data to your device, and the iCloud can do similar in the cloud. However if iTunes or iCloud can't restore these backups because the device is lost, has a higher iOS than the backup firmware or the backup has been corrupted, what do you do? Fortunately the backups can still be opened easily and data extracted quickly with iPhone Backup Extractor.
These are the typical use-cases:
Recover iOS contacts, notes, photos, videos, SMS and other from your iCloud or iTunes backup
Reset your restrictions passcode (PIN)
Opens encrypted iTunes backups with a password -- the only software to do this outside high-end forensic software
Recover Safari bookmarks and app data from the iTunes or iCloud backup
Extract WhatsApp messages
Recover data like contacts, SMS, photos, videos even from corrupt iTunes backups where it still exists is possible
Having trouble restoring or opening an iOS beta iTunes backup? Don't be a stranger: reach out!