Curious about what files get copied when you backup your iPhone 5S using iTunes? Need to access certain backed-up databases of your iPhone 5S such as your contacts, voice memos or text messages. Whatever the case may be, iTunes will not allow you to extract files from iPhone 5S backup unless you have iTunes Data Recovery for Mac to help.
A MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or other Mac computer available
Note: iTunes Data Recovery for Mac is an easy-to-use utility that enables iPhone, iPad and iPod users to extract iTunes backup file and export the extracted text messages, address book contacts, calendar events, reminders, notes and other contents to Mac. You don't need to have iDevice at hand during the process, just ensure that you've backed up your device with iTunes on your computer. The program will you find all the backup file after it's launched.
How to Extract iPhone 5S Backup to Mac and Browse iPhone Contents
To view and extract iPhone 5S backup to Mac, you should first get a copy of iTunes Data Recovery for Mac. This software is fully compatible with all Mac OS X including the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks and 10.8 Mountain Lion. Here are the simple steps to extract files from iPhone 5S backup on Mac OS.
1) Install and run iTunes Data Recovery for Mac on a Mac computer
2) Select iPhone 5S backup on the iTunes backup list. The program automatically detects all the iTunes backup files that are on your Mac and show them on a list.
3) Extract iPhone 5S backup files to Mac computer. You can then preview the extracted contacts, photos, SMS, notes, etc. and export them in a .txt, .xls or .xml file. Contacts could be saved as a VCF file. Media files (pictures, audios, videos) will be saved in their original formats.
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