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How to Extract Photos, Contacts, Text Messages from iPhone Backup?

2013-03-11 21:53:29 / Posted by Shawn Hamilton to iPhone Tips
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Recently, American Civil Liberties Union has published details all of the private information police are able to extract from iPhone, like a person's communications, historical movements and private life, even the deleted files, during an arrest.

In fact, we, ordinary people, are able to extract contacts, photos, text messages from our own iPhone backup, as well. iPhone backup extractor is necessary if you need to recover lost iPhone files when your iPhone happens to freeze, crash, or get damaged. It provides a way to extract lost photos, text messages, calendar entries, contacts from previously performed backups of your iPhone. It supports iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and previous versions.

Note: Backup file refers to iTunes backup, not iCould backup.

Here we would like to dissect iPhone backup file in detail.

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How to Extract iPhone Backup to Export iPhone Contacts, Photos, SMS in Windows 8, 7, XP or Vista?

Step 1: Scan iPhone Backup File

iPhone Backup Extractor automatically queries the root directory on your computer that contains your unreadable backup (SQlitedb file), displays a read-out of the available data and allows you to extract iPhone data from backup on your computer. Click your iPhone 5 backup and click "Start Scan".

    iPhone backup file location in Windows 8, Windows 7, Window XP and Vista:

  • Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

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Step 2: Select Files from iPhone Backup

Now all the content within the iPhone backup are listed by category like contacts, photos, SMS, and etc. You can click any of them to preview the detailed contents. Here we take contacts from example. Tick photos you want to extract from iPhone backup.

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Step 3: Extract iPhone Backup

Click "Recover" to start to extract contacts from iPhone 5 backup, and then specify a location on your computer to save the data that are extracted from iPhone backup file.

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Additional Information: How to Backup iPhone Contacts, Photos, SMS?

To avoid data loss, you should have a regular backup plan for your iPhone and then you can extract iPhone backup.

iTunes can create backups of your iPhone when you:

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Use these steps to manually back up your iPhone using iTunes:

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