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iBackup Viewer manages to extract information from iPhone / iPad backups, including contacts, call history, SMS messages, Web visits, website bookmarks, photos, and iPhone Apps.

How does it work? iTunes backs up iPhone and iPad contents into unreadable database and files. This makes it difficult to get necessary information for the backed up files. iBackup Viewer loads and parses the iPhone backups, extracts those useful data, and converts them to a readable format for viewing.

iBackup Viewer also supports extraction of data from encrypted backups. (Pro version only)

What more...

What's New

Version 3.00:
  • New UI design
  • Make it easy to switch backups.
  • Improve performance on loading backup contents.
  • Improve performance on displaying message threads.
  • Enable saving all voice recordings in batch.
  • More easier to save notes as RTF, RTFD files.
  • Improve speed of generating photo and video thumbnails, especially for encrypted backups.
  • more...


OS X 10.6 or later

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kenk1336 Member IconReview+0

omg this totally saved me, I was like thinking all my contacts would be lost forever and now I have them yay! not into tech stuff so don't really know how "perfect" it is but gets the job done!

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Version 2.60

Why not use the iPubsoft iPhone Backup Extractor?

Curtlewis Member IconReview-1

SMS messages are often attributed to the wrong sender. i.e. reversed in a two person convo.

Crashes attempting to save sms msgs to a file.

user list in SMS is mostly just numbers, very few have the name associated with it that displays on the phone.

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Version 2.42
iMacTools (Developer)

The crash occurs on Mavericks, but unfortunately we did not have luck to replicate the problem here on local mac computers. We're trying to solve the problem. Please contact us via support@imactools.com for a solution.


MacBook Air, 10.7.5

LexxieS7160 Member IconReview-3

wrong list in Messages in iBackupviewer: not all, not correct (wrong sender).
iPhone 5, iOS7.0.2, 10.8.5, iTunes 11.1.

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Version 2.21
iMacTools (Developer)

Thanks for being a registered user especially to post this comment here. But your profile shows "Downloads: 0", if you really have any problem with the app, please contact us directly by sending email to support@imactools.com


@ ImacTools>> But your profile shows "Downloads: 0", if you really have any problem with the app, please contact us directly by sending email to support@imactools.com

Attacking persons and users and not addressing issue is a poor tactic for company. Nothing to say he hasn't d/l from any other site and this is only place to comment. There should be a facet here that states that 'upgrade' to features Pro costs a whopping $30 or more if you want full backup access facility, like others, but lets compare like with like.

Note your site isn't perfect, with broken url's and missing pages >>
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Firefox can't find the server at new.imactools.com.


Zo219 Member IconReview+506

I have never understood why well-designed, just-works software like this is free!

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Version 2.20

$50 if your backup is encrypted and/or you don't mind messages asking you to purchase every time the app opens.

Apple-Boy Member IconReview+212

Great backup tool which works as advertised.

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Version 2.11
Applefreak29 Member IconReview+4

This app is very useful and a great alternative for the costly versions on the market. The only problem I did find is that if you click applications it has to analyze each application that is stored in the back-up. It wasn't a real issue for me as I carry very few apps on my phone, but I see how that can be problematic for someone who has a great amount of applications. It is still a GREAT app tho!

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Version 2.01
bertrum Member IconComment+0

I've just downloaded the App and it finds everything I was looking for EXCEPT, in the Photos element where I would like to copy or save the videos made with my iPhone. Photos are shown as thumbnails but images for videos shown as blank rectangles!

Is this something that I'm doing wrong, or a limitation with the App? If the latter, anything in the pipeline?

Many thanks, in anticipation...

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Version 1.50
bbitg Member IconReview+0

Nice App, works fine. I had to reset-to-Factory my new iPhone 5 without restore the Backup because of problems with 3G connections. With this program I saved all my thousands of SMS to PDF and Textfile from the old backup. Great!

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Version 1.50
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3667

GreatApp! Easy to use!

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Version 1.40
blomcode Member IconComment+0

When I'm viewing the text messages, I note that there are big gaps in the displayed messages. For example, I might see a gap from May XX until September XX for a text conversation with a certain person, but on my phone there are a number of messages between that iBackupViewer is not seeing. I suspect this is an iOS6 thing... One hint iOS6 is not correctly supported is that dates on messages all say 1981, making them off by 30 years, which is also the difference between Mac Asolute Time and unix epoch time, and iOS6 started using Mac time for all messages. More info on this here: http://linuxsleuthing.blogspot.com/2012/10/whos-texting-ios6-smsdb.html

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Version 1.30
iMacTools (Developer)

Thanks for your information, we've fixed the time bug in new version.

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Version 2.32
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Version 2.01
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Version 2.01
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Downloads 62,930
Version Downloads 1,043
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 16 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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