There are so many so-called iPhone backup viewers. Each one looks the same by offering the similar features and promising to help you easily get things on your iPhone backup from iTunes and iCloud. But how can you get out the free one to view hidden pictures, contacts, messages and other files on the backups.
With so many app reviews crowding in the Internet, it would be so hard to get it out.
In comeware.com, here we’ve been using and reviewing more than 10 top iPhone backup viewing tools to date. And found some of them are free to help you see the photos, messages, contacts, etc on iTunes backups. Now let’s have a look on these cost-free iPhone backup browsers.
Note: Till now, we didn’t find any apps could access the contents on iCloud backup.
How Did I Test the Apps to View iPhone Backup?
I’ve reviewed some iPhone recovery software before. And I know most of them are able to preview and extract backup contents. Therefore I re-tested these apps and also added some new ones to have a test, like iMazing and Joyoshare.
I’ve made several backups using my new iPhone XS and old iPhone 6 before starting the tests. Installed more than 10 backup extractor tools on a MacBook 2017 and a ThinkPad laptop to get the contents on my iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
And I checked whether the free version of these apps could access the data hidden in the backup files, and what data types it supports to view. There are two kinds of backup files that iPhone users use, the iTunes backup and iCloud backup. I tested the ability of these apps on browsing both of these backup types.
Top Free iPhone Backup Viewers [2019 Updated]
The test results shows there are 4 apps that you can use to browse the contents stored on iPhone backup for free, including Joyoshare trial version, iMazing free trial, Dr.Fone free trial, iBackup Viewer. This app list will be updated if there are some changes happen, and we’ll remove those that charge for backup viewing.
Next, I cover two of these free iPhone backup browsers, and tells you their pros, cons and supported file types. Lets go on!
Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery Trail Version
Joyoshare is one of new backup viewers I found that people could use to access the contents and files on iTunes backup and iCloud backup for free. This app runs on Windows and Mac to get your iPhone backups, and scan the contents on the backup compressed files. In addition, it offers some paid features to directly recover your lost data from your iOS device.
Supported file types:
Messages, Contacts, Call History, Notes, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Voicemail, Photos, Voice Memos, App Photos, App Videos, App Document, WhatsApp, Viber and Kik.
- Supports both Windows and Mac computer to get iTunes backup.
- Works well to access in iOS 11 and iOS 12 backups.
- Find the locations of your local iPhone backup files.
- Can preview your personal info, media, docs and SNS data on backups.
- Can’t access iCloud backup.
- It charges for extracting files from backup.
iMazing Trail Version – Free iTunes Backup Browser
I’ve added iMazing to the list of my collected iPhone transfer software. And it does well to transfer data between iPhone and other devices. For iPhone backup, iMazing also do a good job to to view all data you saved on the backup. This app is worth trying since it has a stable performance on accessing contents on iTunes backup, and it provides you with many useful features to manage contents on your iOS device.
Supported file types:
Photos, Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History, Voicemail, Notes, Voice Memos and other App Data.
- 100% free for browsing contents on all iTunes backup.
- Well compatible with the new iOS 12.1.4 backup.
- Supports Windows and Mac system.
- Nice design and lots of useful features.
- It’s not free if you want to extract from backup.
- Can’t view iCloud backup contents.
Disclosure: These apps are free to browse and preview contents in iOS backups, but the apps are not free for all their features.