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How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup

Learn how to find, preview and download files from iTunes backups, including encrypted backups. This is your complete guide to recovering old or lost files from iTunes backups created for your mobile Apple devices, on iOS 11, iOS 10 up to iOS 7 and lower.

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
iMessages iOS iMessages
Videos iOS Videos
Photos iOS Photos
Call logs iOS Call logs
Contacts iOS Contacts
Notes iOS Notes
Calendar iOS Calendar
WhatsApp iOS WhatsApp
App Data iOS App Data
Everything else iOS Everything else
Before you get started, make sure you have a recent iTunes backup file downloaded on your computer or a local drive. If you don't, connect your iPhone to your computer and create a full iTunes backup. Not sure how to do it? Here’s the official Apple guide to creating iTunes backups.

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
Mac and Win A computer (Mac or Win)
An iTunes backup An iTunes backup
iPhone Backup Extractor Lite iPhone Backup Extractor Lite
How to restore deleted data from iTunes backups

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.

How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup 1. iPhone Backup Extractor in Overview mode
Recover iPhone data from iTunes backup 2. iPhone Backup Extractor in Preview mode
Retrieve iPhone data from iTunes backup 3. iPhone Backup Extractor in App view mode
Guide: Retrieve iPhone data from iTunes backup 4. iPhone Backup Extractor in Expert mode
Tutorial: Get back iPhone data from iTunes backup 5. Choose how you need to restore data
Guide: Restore iPhone data from iTunes backup 6. Successful data extraction

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.

Check your backup content using the free version of iPhone Backup Extractor and recover four files from any category you need. Purchase a Basic license to be able to retrieve all your files from any iTunes backup.
Supported devices and iOS versions

Devices Compatible with all iOS devices iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iOS It works with all iOS's iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower
Backups Full support for all backups Corrupted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup, Encrypted backup

Data privacy and security With more than eight years of experience, our company fully adheres to the strictest data privacy laws. The data recovered with the iPhone Backup Extractor is 100% confidential and secure. No users credentials are stored on our servers. The connections are encrypted and your data is safe.

Our extractor offers full support for 2FA for iCloud devices, which we advise you to activate on your account. Multiple imitation software are available but you don't have any guarantee that your credentials and data are safe!
Full support for all iOS versions Data protection Works with encrypted and corrupted backups Malware free
Want to learn more?

We think that iOS data recovery should be an easy and safe process. We think that iOS data recovery should be an easy and safe process. With iPhone Backup Extractor you can restore files from your iPhone or iPad using local iTunes backups on both Windows and Mac. If you want to test how to recover data from iTunes backups you can try the free Lite plan. If you upgrade to Basic, you can access lost data for all types of iOS devices available.

If you don't have local iTunes backups, try to recover files from iCloud backups.

If you have any issues restoring the backup data on your Computer you can always send us an email at support(at)

Can we suggest other features available in iPhone Backup Extractor? There are other features available like: restrictions PIN recovery, database manipulation or various files recovery.

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