Updated in June 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 9 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 9 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 9 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|
iPhone Backup Extractor supports old iOS data recovery (like iOS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) as well as new iOS (iOS 8 and the most recent iOS 9) 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 9 data from iTunes backups in 3 steps
- Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor
- 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.
- 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.
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.