How to Read iPhone Backup on Mac

When iPhone is connected with your Mac for the first time, an iTunes backup will automatically be created in the Mac. Many users ask since there is an iTunes backup on Mac, is there any way to read in on Mac? Actually this iTunes backup is a SQLite database file. As we all know, due to privacy policy of Apple, this file is not in a readable format. You can neither access nor read it straightly on your Mac.

To read iphone backup straightly on Mac, you can take Wondershare dr.fone for ios (iPhone data recovery for mac) as a try (or Wondershare dr.fone for ios (iPhone Data Recovery for Windows)). This iphone backup extractor can easily extract files from iTunes backup and it enables you to read iphone backup straightly. Currently you can use Wondershare dr.fone for ios to read up to 11 files types from iPhone backup on Mac, including photos, videos, contacts, messages, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes, calendars, etc.

With it, you can not only read iphone backup on Mac, but also read backup files of iPad and iPod touch on Mac too.

You can download the trial version of Wondershare dr.fone for ios (Mac) to read iphone backup directly on Mac now. (Wondershare dr.fone for ios is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.)

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read iphone backup on Mac in 4 Steps

Step 1. After installing Wondershare dr.fone for ios (Mac) on your computer, you need to select “Recover from iTunes backup” on the top of the main window. Then all iTunes backup files of your device will be displayed in the window. Select the one for your device and click “Scan” to extract contents from it.

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Step 2. When the scan is over, the contents inside iTunes backup will be listed in categories like “Message”, “Contacts”, “Video”, “Call History”, etc.

Then you can click files one by one to read iphone backup on your Mac.

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1. You can use trial version to extract iTunes backup and preview them. If you want to keep them on your Mac, you need to purchase the full version of Dr. fone.

2. Except from reading iPhone backup on Mac, Wondershare dr.fone for ios (Mac) is more like an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch data recovery program. It empowers you to recover data from both iTunes backup or directly from iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, all iPads and iPod touch 4/5.

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Further Reading

Recover iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover deleted photos on iphone: This article shows you how to recover deleted photos on iphone in different ways.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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Aug 28,2015 16:53 pm / Posted by Selena Lee to Mac

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