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How to Access and View iTunes Backup without iPhone

As we know, iTunes backup can be easily viewed by anyone with read permissions in their device. But if you have no iPhone/iPad/iPod in hand, or you are locked out of iPhone/iPad/iPod, how can you access and view iTunes backup?

Suppose your iPhone/iPad/iPod has been backed up via iTunes, now iTunes backup just should be saved on your computer. Go to the iTunes backup location on Mac or Windows computer, and you will find it but unfortunately you cannot directly view content in the backup file because the compiled binaries are not readable on computer. So you need a professional backup extract program to identify such code format. Fortunately, iSunshare iOS Data Genius just provides an easy way to access, view and extract contents from iTunes backup file on computer without iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Steps to access and view iTunes backup on computer


Before running iSunshare iOS Data Genius to access and view iTunes backup file on computer, please make sure the iTunes backup is not encrypted. If it is encrypted with password you don’t know, please get iSunshare iTunes Password Genius to recover it at first. Compared to directly removing iTunes backup password after forgot, recovering password would be better because you will never forget the password.


Step 1: Install and run iSunshare iOS Data Genius on Windows computer.

If your iTunes backup is saved on Mac, just copy it to save on Windows computer.

install and run iOS Data Genius

Step 2: Select the second way "Recover from iTunes Backup File".

"Recover from iTunes Backup File" is the way that you can easily view and extract the data from iTunes backup without devices in hand.

choose proper iTunes backup from list

Step 3: Choose the proper iTunes backup file from list.

Generally, there will be lots of iTunes backup files listed. According to the device name and backup date, choose the proper iTunes backup to access and view. If you find what you have chosen is wrong, just go back to this step and choose another one you think it is right.

Step 4: Access and view iTunes backup file on program.

Once you choose iTunes backup file, and click on Start Scan, you will successfully access and view all the data backed up in iTunes backup file, such as photos, videos, contacts, messages, call history, notes, voice memos, safari bookmark etc. For example, when you select the "Videos" in the left pane, you can view all the videos in the right side.

access and view itunes backup file with software


Step 5: Extract iTunes backup data and view them on computer without software.

1. If you want to keep iTunes backup file viewable when closing iOS Data Genius, now you need to select all of the data and click on Recover button to extract and save all of them.

save itunes backup file in viewable format

2. Once they are saved on computer or other removal devices, you can access and view them at any time or transfer to iPhone/iPad/iPod.

directly view itunes backup file on computer



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