How to View iPhone Backup Files on PC/Mac and Access Backup Data

This post gives you a quick way to view iPhone backup files on Mac and PC computer, and helps you easily preview the contents on iTunes backup files.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Oct. 20, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2018
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iTunes app is one of best tools to backup iPhone to computer. After you click the “Backup Up Now” button on iTunes, all iPhone contents and data will be compressed into an encrypted file stored on your computer. But where is the location of this iTunes backup file? And how to view contents on iPhone backup files on your PC/Mac.

It’s easy to get the location of the iTunes backup files. However, it’s difficult to view photos, contacts, messages, etc on iPhone backup files unless you restore your iPhone from iTunes or you use some iPhone backup extractors to access iPhone backup files.

  1. Where are iPhone Backup Files Stored?
  2. How to View iPhone Backup Files on PC or Mac?
  3. How to View iPhone Backup Files in iCloud?

Where are iPhone Backup Stored?

The location of iPhone backup files is vary from the operation system of your Windows and Mac computer, and you may find your iTunes backup stored in the below folder:

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How to View iPhone Backups Files on Mac/PC

As we discussed, to view the contents on your iTunes backup, you have to restore your iPhone, or seek help from iPhone backup viewers like PhoneRescue for iOS. But most of users may not like to restore iPhone.

So below we take PhoneRescue as an example to tell you how to use backup extractor to view the contents on iTunes Backup without restoring. If you want to follow us to view files on iTunes backups, just download the PhoneRescue and then follow the steps below.

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3 Steps to View iPhone Backup Files on PC and Mac

Step 1. Install and run PhoneRescue for iOS on computer, select Recover from iTunes Backup and click on the arrow button to get all iTunes backups.

How to View Backups in iTunes with PhoneRescue – Step 1

How to Access iPhone Backups Files on Mac/PC – Step 1

Step 2.  Select an iTunes Backup file and choose the type of data you want to view in the backup. If you want to check all kinds of data, just tick Select All and click on OK.

How to View Backups in iTunes with PhoneRescue – Step 2

How to View iTunes Backups Files on PC/Mac – Step 2

If your iTunes backup is encrypted, you need to enter your backup password to allow PhoneRescue for iOS to scan your data. If your forgot it, you can refer to this guide to recover it with ease: 5 Best iPhone Backup Password Recovery in 2017 >

Step 3. All data will be grouped into some categories. You can select any category to have a preview, and can even extract files from backup to computer or directly to your iOS device.

How to View Backups in iTunes with PhoneRescue – Step 3

How to View iPhone Backups on PC/Mac – Step 3

How to View iPhone Backup Files in iCloud on Mac/PC

PhoneRescue of iOS can also access iPhone backup files on iCloud server and list all contents on the backup for previewing or extracting. To get the hidden files stored in iCloud using PhoneRescue, you can follow the below steps. And don’t forget to download PhoneRescue to your computer firstly.

Step 1. Select Recover from iCloud and click on arrow button.

How to View Backups in iCloud with PhoneRescue – Step 1

How to View iPhone Backups in iCloud – Step 1

Step 2. Sign in with your iCloud account to access all iPhone Backups.

How to View Backups in iCloud with PhoneRescue – Step 2

How to Access iPhone Backup Files in iCloud – Step 2

Step 3. Select a iPhone backup file and click on Download to download the backup to computer, and then select the data you want to view and click Okay to access them.

How to View Backups in iCloud with PhoneRescue – Step 3

How to View iPhone Backup in iCloud – Step 3

Step 4. After downloading the whole iPhone backup, you can view the contents on the backup, and you can even click Recover button to get them back to your device or computer.

How to View Backups in iCloud with PhoneRescue – Step 4

How to View Backups in iCloud with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s it! Now you will be free to view and access iPhone backups on your Mac or PC. If you have any questions on this guide or PhoneRescue for iOS, please feel free to let us know. Or you can just discuss on other methods to view iPhone backup files on computer.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.