Alexandra Malureanu
Publié par Alexandra Malureanu,

Updated in September 2017

Back up and stay iOS data safe!

No matter if you are one of the early adopters or the early majority of the iOS 10 or iOS 11 users, if you haven't already created an iTunes backup you definitely should. iCloud is an option as well if you prefer more the 'interclouds'.:)

Backing up with iTunes saves all your iPhone data into various files within the iTunes backup folder located offline on your PC or Mac. Those iOS 10 or iOS 11 messages - be it WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, iMessages or regular SMS text messages, photos, videos, contacts and many more, can be easily retrieved from your iTunes backup by using the iPhone Backup Extractor available for Windows free download and Mac OS X free download.

*iPhone Backup Extractor doesn't require that iTunes is installed, it just automatically loads your iTunes backup and works with the backup files and displays the data available for recovery.


iOS 10 and iOS 11 iPhone Backup File Locations

The default iTunes backup locations, depending on the operating system you are running, are as follows:

  • Under Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, stored in \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
  • Under Mac OS X, stored in \Users\(username)/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

iTunes backups store the files with hex-encoded SHA1 hashes and find summarised below the filenames of some of the most important backup files needed for manual accessing them. Note that access through the iPhone Backup Extractor's interface is simpler in all cases.

Contents Real Filename Filename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes NoteStore.sqlite 4f98687d8ab0d6d1a371110e6b7300f6e465bef2
Call history call_history.db 2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca


iPhone Backup Extractor supports any old iOS data recovery (like iOS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10) as well as new iOS versions (including the most recent iOS 11) for both iTunes and iCloud backup data.

Note: If you hope to recover deleted data that was once backed up in an iTunes backup we recommend you don't sync your device with iTunes any longer until you get that info from your offline backup. An iTunes sync may delete and overwrite the iTunes backup data and make it impossible for your to retrieve the data you deleted from your phone but still available in an iTunes offline backup you have previously taken. Contact our expert support for help.


Recover iOS 11 and iOS 10 data from iTunes backups in 3 steps

  1. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor
  2. Open your iTunes backup. iPhone Backup Extractor will automatically load all the backups located under your default iTunes backup folder. If you have an iTunes backup located somewhere else simply browse to its location and add it by tapping on the 'Add backups' left side green button.
  3. View and extract your iTunes backup data. You can chose to use one of the 3 tab choices we offer for extract your data: Overview, Expert Mode and App View. Our top menu offers as well direct shortcuts to extracting specific key data such as SMS as HTML or Calendar as ICAL.
    • Overview - suited for having an overview of your available data for extraction. Simply tap on the 'Extract' next to each data category and your data is shortly with you in the format of your choice.
    • Expert Mode - suited for iOS tech experts or power users that know specifics of the exact file they're searching for or that want to get hold of a file that is not displayed under Overview and is not that popular as the main data categories like photos, SMS, Videos, contacts and the rest. An example would be let''s say your Safari bookmarks.:)
    • App View - suited for easy, direct access to recovering your app data. Viber, WeChat messages, pics sent over Skype or the Apple Camera pics? They are all there made easily extractable for you.

See our updated guide to recover any iTunes data

How do you find the software so far? Have any feedback for us? We want to give you the ultimate best tech and iOS data recovery experience, so if you have any thoughts into how we might make it better for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

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