How to Extract iPhone Backup Files on Windows iTunes

“I have backed up my iPhone file, but I don’t how to extract iPhone backup file on Windows iTunes, Can you tell me a solution to solve it?”

— From Apple Support Community

We can see, this user want to extract iPhone backup files from iTunes on Windows PC. iTunes backup files are saved on your computer disk with .sqlite_db files. You can’t access it as normal files like word, excel, txt, jpg, etc. If you happen to have this problem, please read on.

To Extract iPhone Backup Files

Benefits Got from This Backup File Extracting: You can read and use the extracted files directly is one; you can save the data permanently without worrying data loss is the other.

You can save the inaccessible files to computer disk as excel, txt or media files so that you can read, check them directly. In addition, you won’t lose the data even you deleted or lost them on iPhone, you have a permanent backup on computer.

What You Need

A professional iTunes Data Extractor: Free download iTunes Data Recovery here.

A Windows PC: Use to download and install the iTunes files extractor

An iPhone Backup: It can be one originally synced to this computer or one transferred from another computer. Learn how to transfer backup files from one computer to another.

Before You Begin

Under the discussion on Apple Support community, another user asked another question:

connect to iTunes

iPhone Recovery Mode

I have an iPhone 5s which decided to stop working and I only got an iTunes icon with a plug in on my screen.  I restored to original, tried to backup from iTunes, said I needed password, never recall checking box to encrypt.  I tried backup from earlier 4s phone which I still have.  That worked but I need my recent backup, bad. I am afraid that is not going to be possible.  I called Apple again and was told to sit and enter passwords all day, essentially.  I have only a few passwords I have ever used and they do not work.  Do I give up?  Thank you for any advice.


In Ann’s case, firstly, her iPhone got an iTune icon with a plug in on screen, this is indeed that her iPhone stuck on recovery mode. The free tool ReiBoot is the recommended software to fix your iPhone when stuck on recovery mode screen. With ReiBoot, there is no need to restore iPhone to original.

Secondly, after the restore, iPhone becomes an empty one then she needs to restore iPhone from backup, what the disaster is iTunes asks for a password to restore from encrypted backup. But the problem is she never recall setting up the password, how can she know what the password is. Now she can do nothing but to seek for help from iPhone Backup Unlocker.

If you also have the same problem, hope this helps.

Start to Extract the Backup via iTunes Backup Extractor

Now you can extract your backup without any restriction. Simple but efficient steps are needed to use this iTunes data recovery.

Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery

iTunes data extractor

Download, install >Scan >Preview >Recover (Extract)

Have a try and you can get how great it is.

iPhone 5 Encrypted Backup, Forgot Password

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iPhone 5

iPhone is Great Until Something Went Wrong with It

iPhone, like all Apple products, is designed to be as easy-to-use as possible. And because it’s well-built, you should get years of faithful service from it. All this sounds great right up until the point when something breaks.

When something goes wrong with your iPhone, it can feel like a disaster. For example, after you updated your iPhone to the newest iOS, just found that all data on iPhone was killed by the extremely evil update. What is fortunate is that you backed up your iPhone and you can restore lost data from the backup. Now go to iTunes >Preferences > Devices, find the backup you needed then scroll down to “Restore from Backup”.

Who knows iTunes asks for a password to restore the encrypted backup? Below is an example from an unfortunate iPhone user.

“I forgot the encrypt iPhone backup password and want to restore a backup from my iPhone 4 to my new iPhone 5, how can I disable such password?”

How to Disable the Password on iTunes Backup?

iPhone backup password forgot or iTunes keeps asking for password at backup restore is not uncommon. When you are just one of the unlucky ones, just read on to learn how to disable or remove the forgotten password.

NO.1:  Try Possible Passwords Ever Used

This is the first and easiest way we should have a try every time we forgot password. Below is a password list you can have a try. Maybe you can meet the fight password among them.

Apple ID password

iTunes Store password

Windows administrator password

The “Passcode” you used to lock your iPhone

The passcode/lock code used on your iPhone when you first ever used the device

All sorts of variations of my children’s names and birthdays

Admin password on the computer that was in effect the first time the iPhone was backed-up

The ones suggested here “0000″, “1234″, etc.

NO.2: Use Keychain Utility If You Are a Mac User

If you are using a Mac, you know that keychain can save password for websites, wireless networks and encrypted iTunes backup file, etc. So you should check whether the iTunes backup password is in it.

>> Open Keychain Access, located in /Applications/Utilities/.

>> Use the Search box in the upper right corner and type “iPhone backup”.

>> Double click the result, assuming something is found in Keychain.

>> Check the box next to “Show password” and enter the Mac administrator password to reveal the lost password associated with the encrypted iPhone backup.

NO.3: Use iPhone Backup Password Unlocker to Remove or Recover the Password

Apple doesn’t give the option to reset the password on iTunes backup directly. However, that does not mean you have no way to disable the password. Tenorshare iPhone backup password recovery is one program designed to help people find or remove forgotten/lost password. It is easy to use with simple and lucid UI.  Download it and install on computer then follow the on-screen guide, you can make it.

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Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker


How to Restore iPhone 5 from iTunes Backup Files?

I was told by a MobileMe rep that I should restore my iPhone from a Backup.  When I connect the iPhone to iTunes (not set to automatically back up when connected!) and press Restore, I get the following message:

“Do you want to back up the settings for the iPhone before restoring the software? [2 options]: “Back Up   or  Don’t Backup”

No matter which of the two I click on, I get to the next message:

“Are you sure you want to restore the iPhone to its factory settings? All of your media and other data will be erased, and the newest version of the iPhone software will be installed.”

Actually I do NOT want to restore to factory settings, but to yesterday’s backup. Where and how to I get to this option?

I once did a restore to factory settings and it was quite a lot of work to get my iPhone back to the way it used to be (among others, a need to rearrange all apps into pages and folders, add friends’ phone number etc.)     Any advice would be appreciated.


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iPhone factory setting


What’s the Difference between “Restore iPhone from backup” & “Restore iPhone to Factory Settings”?

Yeah, firstly, we should make the concept of iPhone restore clear:

* Restore iPhone from backup: You have a backup created by iTunes, and depends on different computer OS, it will give different location for the backup, details are as follows:

Windows XP and the former
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Windows 8/7/Vista
C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

~Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Then in the future, when you lost data on iPhone and want to restore the data to your iPhone, it is called “Restore iPhone from backup”.

Note: The backup in the above location are all SQLITE_DB files, you cannot view them directly until freeing them.

* Restore iPhone to factory settings: This is also called a full restore. When you do this, your iPhone will be set as a brand new one. And as the name tells you, you are turning the iPhone to the state when it was in factory.  All your previous app settings, personal data such as contacts, photos, text messages, notes, safari bookmarks and so on are all erased by the factory reset. So before your iPhone factory reset, you need to think twice. Even you have to do iPhone factory reset, you are advised to backup your iPhone data with iTunes. After the factory default condition is done, you can restore your iPhone from the backup, in the below, I will tell you how to.

Note: What if you have done iPhone default condition but didn’t backup your iPhone? Is it still possible to restore erased data after the iPhone factory reset? Yes, there is another tool – iPhone data recovery allows you to restore iPhone without backup even after you factory reset your iPhone, jailbreak your iPhone or update your iPhone. You can get detailed information about how to set iPhone 5 into factory settings from the link.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup?

There are two cases: You lost your iPhone and only have iTunes backup; Your iPhone is available in hand.

In the first case, you cannot restore the data in iTunes free. What you need is a third party utility – iTunes backup extractor. It is a professional tool used to extract iTunes backup to your computer and then you can view the data on your computer directly. This iTunes backup extractor is able to unpack the inaccessible files to directly accessible files. Plus, the data are saved on your computer safely forever.

You can get the detailed operation on

In the second case, you can restore your iPhone data with iTunes free:

  1. Open iTunes and right click on your phone’s name.
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iPhone restore from backup


2.Select “Restore from Backup”. If you don’t have an iTunes backup, iTunes will not offer this option.

3.Use the drop-down menu to select a backup then click “Restore”.

4. Wait till the backup is restored. It depends how many files you have restored. So please wait patiently.

5. Click “OK”.

6. Wait while the Apple iPhone 5 is synced.

7. When the restoration is done, you can disconnect your iPhone from the computer.