What is an iPhone Backup File?

What is an iPhone Backup File?
What is an iPhone Backup File?
Backing Up Data Device Tips

Find out what an iPhone backup is, and if you have one!

Put quite simply an iPhone backup file is a copy of the data on your iPhone. Each time you sync your iOS Apple device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) to iTunes or your iCloud account, an automatic backup is made (unless you have turned this feature off). If you have an iPhone backup file generated in iTunes, you can find this file manually here:

Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Mac OS X:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

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What are iPhone backup files for?

Generally speaking iTunes and iCloud backup files ensure that you have a copy of your data to restore from. When you buy a new apple device like an iPhone, to copy your data over, you can restore the new phone to a previous backup of your old phone so that all your contacts, messages, notes, calls, and other data, appear on the new phone. iPhone backup files are also handy of you want to free up some room on your device, you can save photos, videos by creating a backup then, you can manually deleted them from your phone knowing they are safely backed up to your iTunes or iCloud account.

What data is backed up?

Stored within your iPhone backup file will be your: text messages, iMessages, photos, videos, contacts, call history, FaceTime history, voice notes, calendar events, music and various types of app data. While your photos, videos and music are easily seen within your iTunes or iCloud interface, other files like your contacts, messages, call history (and others) are stored in fragmented files which are hard to read. However, this data can be easily extracted and read with smartphone recovery software (tutorial below).

How can I create an iPhone backup?

It’s recommended that you back up your device regularly to prevent permanent data loss, as well as being prepared to perform a restore of your Apple Device. Follow the instructions below to create an iPhone backup file in iTunes or iCloud.

Create an iTunes backup

Open iTunes > Connect iPhone to laptop/computer > Click iPhone icon at the top > Select ‘back up now’

Create an iCloud backup

Connect iPhone to WiFi > Open Settings > iCloud > Select backup or Storage &Backup

Transferring data from one device to another

Important information to note:

If you were to restore a device using a backup from a different Apple device the (for example, restoring an iPhone from an iPad backup file), not all data will be transferred. While contacts, messages and notes will be copied over, media files such ad photos, voice memos, message attachments and other types of app data will not transfer.

How to extract your iPhone backup file

To extract your iPhone backup file and see what exactly is backed up, you can download Enigma Recovery data recovery software. Not only does it extract your iPhone backup file and present your data in a clear and readable format, but it is also able to recover deleted data from your apple device! If your iPhone is damaged, stolen or completely broken, the Enigma Recovery software can help you get your important data back from the fragmented files within your iPhone backup file. Enigma Recovery, sold in more than 150 counties worldwide, provides the best data restore option next to that of iTunes or iCloud, and is much faster! To try the recovery software for free, click one of the download buttons above according to your computer’s operating system.

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Currently the software is able to retrieve data form iTunes backup files, and will soon accommodate for iCloud backups! If you have synced your iPhone to iTunes at some point in the past, you will have at least one iPhone backup saved to your computer or laptop. To extract it follow the instructions here:

  1. Download Enigma Recovery from the download link above. (Select the correct download link according to your computer or laptop’s operating system)
  2. Open the software and click ‘iOS Device’
  3. Then select ‘Recover from iTunes backup’
  4. The software will now scan your computer for device backups created in iTunes. Select the backup you would like to extract and click ‘Next’
  5. Tick the data you would like to scan and ‘Start scan’
  6. Now the software will scan and extract existing and deleted data contained in your iPhone backup file. Once the scan is completed, the software will display how much data had been found.
  7. You may now view all data found within your iPhone backup file by the Enigma Recovery. Simply click on each of the feature tabs. Upgrade to the full version now to export your data.

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Alan is our Chief Operating Officer & Founder, starting Enigma Digital in 2011. Throughout his career he has been FD and CFO of a number of SMEs from the manufacturing, distribution and technology sectors.

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