That brings up a good question. How many Mac users actually backup their Macs? How many iPhone and iPad users backup their respective iDevices? And, what’s in the backup?
Viewing Backups For Free
Ever since the iPhone and iPad went completely wireless for over-the-air Wi-Fi sync and backups, I haven’t bothered with a backup schedule.
Every now and again I need to dig through one of the backups stored on iTunes and the only option is a full on restore.
iTunes backs up iPhone and iPad contents into an unreadable database and collection of files. What if you want to find specific information in the backup?
For that, you’ll need iBackup Viewer, the free Mac app (and Windows) that lets you dig into the backups to view or extract what you need– text messages, bookmarks, photos, apps, files, contacts, call history, and more.
Think about the advantages here. iBackup Viewer is a viewer that lets you see inside those iTunes backups of your iPhone and iPad’s contents.
For example, instead of doing a full restore just to find photo or movie clip or document you may need from an old backup, browse first. Photos are displayed like they’re in the Mac’s Finder.
iBackup Viewer has plenty of other useful functions, too. Dig into Safari’s internet history and bookmarks and export what you need to your Mac.
Browse through your iPhone’s call history or all the messages in iMessage on your iPad. Even notes from Note and voice memos and recordings are available, viewable, extractable.
If iTunes created the iPhone or iPad backup, the iBackup Viewer can let you browse the backup’s contents. And it’s free. Caveats? Yes. If your iPhone or iPad backup is encrypted you’ll need the Pro version which comes with a hefty price tag.
Otherwise, backup viewing is fast, fun, and free.