Use iPhone Backup Extractor for all your iTunes backup recovery needs
Find lost iTunes files
- Find files in older iTunes backup
- Easily preview & save individual files
Encrypted backups support
- If encrypted, only you can access your backup files
- We do not store any of your data
Easy to use
- Edit backup files manually
- Option to export in various file formats
What can be restored from your iTunes backup
Be extra careful when creating a new iTunes backup. It usually takes a little while, and you may be tempted to unplug your iPhone by mistake. Always set aside up to 20 minutes to go through the entire process, and wait patiently - without disconnecting your device - to get the “Successful backup” notification.
Even with older backups available, if they were not created properly - you can run into problems such as “corrupt backup”. Patience always pays off!
You will need
A computer (Mac or Win)
An iTunes backup
iPhone Backup Extractor Lite
1. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor
- Download and install the latest version of iPhone Backup Extractor. If you’re a new user, you will be downloading our free (Lite) plan, which you can use to browse and recover 4 random files from each data category.
- To unlock full iTunes backup support, you can upgrade to the Basic plan. iPhone Backup Extractor Basic supports encrypted backups as well, but you need to remember the password used when you created the backup.
- When you run iPhone Backup Extractor the first time, it should detect and iTunes backup automatically, otherwise, you have the option of adding one manually with the "+" button in the left menu.
2. Select the iTunes backup file
Click on your iTunes backup list to reveal all backups made over time.
Select one you want to recover files from. In the main window there are several tabs, each helping you navigate through available data categories and files in your backup. In this window you can recover files one by one, by app type, by data category or the entire iTunes backup.
3. Preview and restore data
You have multiple options to preview your iTunes files: "Overview" mode (the default one, available for a few categories), “Preview” mode (for messages you want to preview before), “App view” (for apps data recovery) and “Expert mode” (very useful in forensics).
Select the files you need to restore, click on "Download" and choose a place for data extraction. Your files are restored instantly on your computer.
NOTE: For some files (deleted contacts, notes etc), a full recovery may not be possible. Use an older iTunes backup instead, created before files got deleted. Don't overwrite any older backup if you need to restore deleted data from the aforementioned mentioned categories.
How to backup, restore or recover iPhone or iPad files using iTunes
An iTunes backup preserves what's currently on your device, so you can easily restore your apps and files at a later date. Let's say you go on a vacation, and start taking a lot of photos and making videos, until you run out of space. You delete a few photos to make some room, then an entire album by mistake.
If you want to recover them, you still can, but you must act fast! First, avoid taking more photos. This is valid for any other type of file you want to recover. New files can overwrite old files, making a full recover a bit problematic. Second, create an iTunes backup, and use the iPhone Backup Extractor to recover deleted files. It's easy. Would you like to try for yourself?
Creating, restoring and recovering data from iTunes sounds complicated, but it doesn't need to be. Follow the steps below, download the iTunes Backup Extractor, and recover four files from iTunes for free. If you need to recover more files, start with the iPhone Backup Extractor Basic Edition. Let's get started.
How to create an iTunes Backup
Frequent iTunes backups should be on everyone's monthly to-do list, however Apple users frequently confess they have never backed up their devices. Don't take that risk.
- Download and install the latest version of iTunes, from Apple.
- Take your iPhone or iPad and connect it to your computer using a USB cable. iTunes will recognise the device and display it in your window.
- Go to the File menu, then click Back Up to start. You may be prompted to log in with your credentials. You can also click on the "Back Up Now" button, but make sure "This computer" is selected. If you want to encrypt your data, select the encryption checkbox and choose a password for the backup.
- Wait until the backup is finished. Don't disconnect the USB cable until the entire backup process is finished.
That's it! Now you have an iTunes backup downloaded on your computer that can be restored.
How to restore an iTunes backup
Now that you have an iPhone or iPad backup in iTunes, you can restore it. The backup data will replace your current data. Make sure that any new photos or files created from the date of the backup onwards are saved separately.
- Start iTunes and connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using a USB cable.
- Go to File > Devices > Restore from backup. If you have multiple backups, choose the backup you want to retrieve from the drop down menu, and click "Restore". You can also click on the device icon, which will open a "summary" window, and click on "Restore Backup" there.
- Wait until the data is transferred to your device. NOTE: Unplugging the USB cable too early can damage your device.
How to recover missing or deleted data from an iTunes backup
Let's say you have an iTunes backup file downloaded, but instead of restoring it on an iPhone or iPad, you want to save these files to your computer. The only way you can do this is by using the iPhone Backup Extractor, which extracts these files (even deleted ones!) in a regular, accessible format.
- Download and install the iPhone Backup Extractor, then open it.
- On the left window you'll see a list with iTunes and iCloud backups. Select the iTunes backup from where you want to recover data. If the backup file is encrypted, use the password to open it.
- In the right window you'll have four tabs. Depending on data you need to recover, you can choose different ways of extraction.
- Use "Overview" mode to recover data from the shown categories. To get the files associated with the categories from this tab, click on the links in the right hand side window, select the file format, and the folder in which you want to save your files.
- Use "Preview" mode to preview and download data from a few categories: Photos, Messages, WhatsApp, Snapchat so on. Click on category you need to download and from the right window, select the files to be recovered and use the Extract button. Chose a place for extraction and the file format, then the selected data is recovered.
- Use "App View" mode to get data from the installed apps. On the right side you'll see a list of them. Select the app from where you need to recover data, then click on the blue letters and numbers from the right window. You'll be asked where you need to extract the files and which format you prefer, then the files will be recovered on your computer.
- Use "Expert Mode" to extract the data in a forensic way. Select the files to be recovered then click on Extract button and choose a place for extraction. The data will be extracted from the iCloud backup and downloaded on your computer.
Any type of data can be easily recovered as long as you have an iTunes backup and you use the iPhone Backup Extractor. If you want to be sure that your iPhone or iPad data is safe, build a habit of creating iTunes backups on your computer every month or so.
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