4 Ways to View iPhone Backup Files on Windows 10/8/7

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Apr 26, 2022 (Updated: Apr 26, 2022) • Filed to: iOS Data Recovery

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iPhone users always use iCloud or iTunes backup to save their data. And the only way to view the data stored in the backup is to restore it to iPhone or iPad. So some users may wonder if they can view the iPhone backup files in another way. They might ask can I download and view iPhone backup on my PC?

The answer is surely Yes. In this article, we will discuss how you can view iPhone backup files on Windows 10/8/7 before you even restore them to your iPhone.

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Part 1. How to Find iTunes Backup on PC

1. How to Locate iTunes Backup on PC

When you connect your iPhone to a PC with iTunes installed, it will give you the option to back it up. Windows also allows you to see the folder with the backup files. However, all you will see is the folder that contains the backup files, and not the actual files such as photos. If that's all you want, let's share with you the steps to find iTunes backup files on Windows 10/8.

Steps to find iTunes backup on windows 10/8:

Open the search bar on your PC. Windows 8 users can find the search bar in the upper-right corner. On Windows 10, the search bar is just next to the start menu.

While in the search bar, enter this command: %appdata% and press Enter.

Open the folder Apple or Apple Computer. Then go to MobileSync > Backup. You will find all the backup files in this folder.

locate iTunes backup on windows 10/8

Note

You can find the location of the iTunes backup file but that doesn't mean you can view the data in it and edit the files. And even moving the folder might damage the backup files in it.

2. How to View and Selectively Extract iTunes Backup Files on Windows 10/8/7

If you want to preview the actual files in your iTunes backup, you will need to install a third-party tool. WooTechy iSeeker is such a useful tool that can analyze the backup files on your PC.

It is an iOS data recovery tool that you can use to selectively recover files from your iTunes backup whenever you need to. The biggest advantage of using this tool is that it gives the option to preview the files before restoring them to your device.  And it is also compatible with macOS, you can also use it to view iPhone backup files on Mac if you are a Mac user.

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Steps to use iSeeker to view iTunes backup on Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Open iSeeker on your Windows PC and choose the Recover from iTunes Backup option. Choose the backup that contains the files you would like to preview and click Next to continue.

select a backup in iTunes with iSeeker

Step 2. Choose the data types of the files you would like to preview and click the Scan button. iSeeker will extract the iTunes backup to find all the files that fall under the categories you selected.

select a backup file to recover

Step 3. When the scan is complete, you will now have the option to preview all the files, so that you choose the ones you would want to recover to your iPhone. To restore the files to your iPhone, click the Recover button and wait for a few minutes.

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Part 2. How to View iCloud Backup on a PC

1. How to Access iCloud Backup Files on Windows 10/8/7

If you choose to back up your iPhone on iCloud, there are also a number of ways you can access your backed-up files. Apple allows iPhone users to set up iCloud on Windows to access some of the iCloud files that are synced from the iPhone.

However, you cannot access the full iPhone backup. All you will see are files synced to iCloud. If you simply want to view the files synced from your iPhone to iCloud, follow the steps below.

Steps to set up and how to access synced data from iCloud for Windows

Download and install iCloud for Windows on your PC.

Enter your Apple ID and sign in. Choose the features and files that you would like to sync with your Windows PC and click Apply.

view synced iCloud data on windows 10

After you successfully set up iCloud for Windows, you could find the folders that store the iCloud synced data from the File Explorer on your Windows PC.

2. How to View and Selectively Extract iCloud Backup Files on PC

You can also view and extract the exact files in your iCloud backup using the iSeeker app. You can use this app to preview files in your iCloud backups so that you can choose those that you need to download to your PC.

Steps to use iSeeker to view iCloud backup files on Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Open iSeeker and click the Recover from iCloud option and then choose iCloud Backup. Then click Next to proceed. Follow the instructions on the screen to prepare your iPhone.

restore from iCloud using iSeeker

Step 2. On the Apps & Data page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup. Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password. Choose the backup file whose files you would want to view.

choose to restore iCloud backup iSeeker

Step 3. Select the categories of files you are interested in and click Scan. iSeeker will now scan the backup to find all the files that fall under the categories you selected. After the scan is complete, you can preview the discovered files. Choose the desired files and click the Recover button to extract these files to your computer.

select and scaan iCloud with iSeeker

Conclusion

We have discussed various ways you can view iPhone backup files on your Windows 10/8/7. You should have noticed that all the default methods we shared do not allow viewing all the files in the backup.

The most reliable way you can view files in your iTunes and iCloud backup is by using WooTechy iSeeker. With iSeeker, you can preview and selectively extract files in backups to your PC. Download it right now and get started!

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