How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

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These are instructions on how to extract the backups that iTunes makes of your iPhone using iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac.


Step One
Download iPhone Backup Extractor from here and save it to your desktop.

Step Two
Double click to extract the archive then drag the extracted application into your Applications folder to install it.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Three
Double click iPhone Backup Extractor icon from the applications folder to launch it.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Four
Click the Read Backups button to have the application display the iPhone backups on your system.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Five
Select the backup you would like to extract from the list that appears then click the Choose button.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Six
iPhone Backup Extractor will then display a list of the different application settings that can be extracted. Make a selection from the list then click the Extract button.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Note: In this example we will select iPhone OS Files as this contains the more important information we might want to recover such as contacts or sms etc.

Step Seven
You will now be asked to select a location for the extraction. Navigate to the folder of your choice then click the Choose button.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)

Step Eight
You can now navigate to the folder you specified for extraction. In it you will find a folder called iPhone OS Files. This folder will contain the extracted system settings and data.
How to Extract Your iPhone Backups (Mac)


NOTE***: You will notice many of the files have a .sqlitedb extension. These are database files that can be opened using Sqlite Database Browser. You can download it here.

THANKS***: Thanks go out to Pádraig for creating this utility. You can donate to his efforts here
mayinjune - May 16, 2016 at 8:54am
Are you sure that you choose the contacts before you extracted the backup? If you chose but it still shows the contact, it may be some damage on your backup. So I advice you use iTunes or some recovery tool to check up the contacts on your iTunes backup. I recommend you the FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery which can check up the backup of your iTunes for free.
marrouki - April 14, 2015 at 5:10pm
I already downloaded the app and extracted my backup, but I can't find my contact list, please help!
CraigJoubert - October 29, 2015 at 7:09am
To recover lost data from your iOS devices,you also can follow this way. goo.gl/VWdmQN
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Trinny - November 25, 2014 at 4:14am
Is there any way possible way to recover a deleted voice memo which was never imported into iTunes or iCloud. I am guessing it must still be stored somewhere inside the iPhone itsself and hopefully recovered or am I completely wrong?
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