Ask around. Check with your friends, family members, or co-workers, and ask them if they back up their iPhones or iPads. My informal personal survey shows that most do not; and fewer even bother backing up to iTunes (Mac or Windows PC). For those who do, here’s an easy way to browse through those backup files.
iBackup Because iCan
Before I dig into all the delicious coolness available in the free iBackup Viewer app for the Mac, let me encourage iPhone and iPad users to get their respective devices backed up and do so regularly.
Most iPhone and iPad settings can be backed up to iCloud, and easily restored if there’s a catastrophic disaster. Those backing up iPhone and iPad to a Mac regularly have more options and a faster restore.
Alright, back to iBackup Viewer. It’s a way to view those backups stored by iTunes. iBackup Viewer is free but a Pro version has more features, including an option to view encrypted iOS files, and copy files to iPhone or iPad.
What’s the value with iBackup Viewer? Access to iOS device backups on your Mac. That means you can extract files– contacts, phone call history, messages, Calendar, Notes, audio recordings, photos and videos, and much more.
All those files are stored in iTunes during a backup and Backup Viewer does what it says. It lets you view the backup files.
iBackup Viewer looks and works much like a modern Finder. Device backups are listed in the sidebar. Select one, then view the backed up files. Almost everything you would need is visible, including Applications, Contacts, Call history, Messages, Calendar, Notes, Photos, and more.
The Pro upgrade lets you view encrypted files in the backup. Files can be copied to your Mac for viewing, including photos, videos, text messages, bookmarks, and more. There’s a steep price on iBackup Viewer Pro. iBackup Viewer only works on backup files stored by iTunes. If you want access to files on the device itself, we recommend using PhoneView.