How to View iPhone Backup on Mac Computer


This guide tells you how to find iPhone backup on your Mac, and how to view and extract contents from iTunes backup on iMac/MacBook.

Feb. 22, 2016


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Download PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery to view iPhone backup on your Mac and extract what you want to your computer without erasing any data on your iPhone.

Do you know where the iPhone backups are stored on your Mac computer? And are there some methods to view/extract the contents and files on iPhone backup? In this post, you’ll get the answer.

Part 1. Where are the iPhone backups on Mac

You are used to backing up your iPhone or iPad/iPod with iTunes on your MacBook, but do your know where these backups are stored on your computer? Actually, you can easily find them, just run your iTunes, go to iTunes menu and click iTunes > Peferences > Devices. To locate a specific backup, just control-click the backup and select “Show in Finder”. And you may find the default location of backups is: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

Where Are iTunes backup on Mac

Where Are iTunes backup on Mac

Part 2. How to View iPhone Backup Data on Mac

Often it isn’t the ultimate aim to find where the iTunes backup is on your Mac. And we always want to view the contents on the backups and get something from there, especially when we lost or deleted some important data on our iPhone. So how can we view an iPhone backup on Mac? Bellow we show you how to use a professional iPhone backup extractor, PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery to easily make it.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery for Mac, install and run it.

Step 2. Choose “Recover from iTunes backup” and go to “Next”.

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 2

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 2

Step 3. Select an iTunes backup.

PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery can automatically get your iTunes backup on your Mac, just select one iTunes backup by Backup Date and Size, and click "Next" to scan content in it.

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 3

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 3

Step 4. After scanning, on the left side, select the item you want to view and preview content on that item. And below we show you the Camera Roll photos that we found in my iTunes backup by using PhoneRescue, of course, you can select some items you want and extract them to your computer by clicking the “To Computer” button at the bottom-right corner.

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 4

How to View iPhone Backup on Mac – Step 4

The Bottom Line

Apple iTunes enables you to backup and restore iPhone in a free way, but never provides you a good method to view the content on the iPhone backup on your Mac. And at present, you have to use backup extractors or viewers to make it. Thanks for viewing and welcome any comments to share your opinion on this topic.

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