Top “Free” iPhone Backup Viewer to Access Contents on Your Secret Backup

Tested more than 10 apps to view the contents stored on iTunes and iCloud backup, and picked out these top free iPhone backup viewers. Enjoy!

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, 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.

Top 3 Free iPhone Photo Vault Apps You May Like in 2019

To keep your private photos always hidden from others on your iPhone, here I provide you with some best photo vault apps, all of them are free and easy to use.

With the world-leading cameras equipped, your iPhone enables you to take high quality pictures of everything around, like the food, your family, as well as some personal selfies. Surely you may like some taken photos being hidden deeply in the iOS system. (Yeah, maybe some sexy pics). Then how can you make it in an safe and secret way?

Congratulations! A very large number of apps can do the job.

Such as the Private Photo Vault. (It is able to lock your photos safe behind password PIN, and keep your files hidden from other.)

Surely, it is just one of free iPhone photo vault apps. And you will get  more similars in this post. Just check my reviews of these apps and then download them from App Store to have a free try.

  1. Top 3 Free iPhone Photos Vault Apps Comparison
  2. Private Photos Vault – Pic Safe
  3. Secret Calculator – Fake Vault & Private Photo
  4. Locker: Hide Photo, Hide Apps

Top 3 Free iPhone Photos Vault Apps Comparison

To help you easily choose one perfect app to hide your private pictures and videos, here we made a comparison table. It gives our rating of these photos vault apps with some details you may like to know.

My Reviews My Rating Hide Photos Ads Inserted
Private Photo Vault ★★★★☆ Free Yes
Secret Calculator  ★★★★☆ Free No
Locker ★★★☆☆ Free Yes

Read on to know more about the screenshots, the advantages and the disadvantages of these photo vault apps via clicking the app’s name.

Private Photo Vault  – Pic Safe

This iPhone photo vault program is one of free apps developed by Legendory Software Labs LLC to protect your personal pictures and videos hidden from others. It has more than 276 thousands users’ reviews, with good ratings – near 5 stars. Thus it can be one of top free Photo Vault app for iOS users.

Private Photos Vault App for iOS
Private Photo Vault App for iOS

The Advantages

Private Photo Vault is in a small size of 41 MB. After you download and firstly run this app, it will ask you to create a Passcode to hide files, as well as suggest you to set up recovery email in case of forgetting the PIN by accident, very considerable!

The free version allows you to create 2 albums including passcode-encrypted album to store your secret files,  even nudes or porn pictures, which means even some hacker got the passcode to access this app, they still cannot get photos in your passcode-protected album.

Create secret album with Private Photo Vault
Create secret album with Private Photo Vault

Besides passcode, Private Photo Vault also allows you to set Touch ID as an alternative to access your photo vaults.

The Disadvantages

The disadvantages of this app I found are the outdated interface design and the pop-up ads requiring you to get its pro version. However it’s not important if all photos and videos could safely hidden there. After all, we need more basic features, not something gaudy.

About It’s Paid Version

It has one pro version named Private Photos Vault Pro, costing $4.99, and offers you additional features like removing ads, creating unlimited albums, transferring photos wirelessly, break-in report and pattern lock, etc.

Secret Calculator – Fake Vault & Private Photo

This app pretends to be one real calculator app appearing on your iPhone home screen. But actually it is one of perfect photo vault apps that you can use to hide pictures, and even videos and contacts. And Secret Calculator also has private browser that you can use to browser any sites you prefer.

Secret Calculator
Secret Calculator

The Advantages

  • Has fake interface.
  • Complete free.
  • Without In-App Purchases.
  • Without Built-in ads.

The Disadvantages

  • The passwords can’t be reset.
  • No passwords restore methods.

the developer of Secret Calculator, Raman Kupryianchyk, also provides another similar app named Photo Vault: Hide Photos. And it has the same features, except there is no mask of fake calculator.

Locker: Hide Photos, Hide Apps

Locker by SmoothMobile, LLC. is another near 5 stars, free photo vault program available on App Store. Similar to Private Photo Vault, Locker is also capable of locking down your pictures and videos using the passcode and touch ID.

It allows you to import photos and videos from photo library to this vault app. Or you can directly take photos using this app, and the photos will be stored in this secret app.

Lock photos with Locker app on iPhone
Lock photos with Locker app on iPhone

The Advantages

  • The photo vault feature is complete free.
  • Allows hide photos, videos and apps.
  • Supports passwords and fingerprint lock methods.
  • Simple to use, and nice design.

The Disadvantages

  • Has no restore method to recover your forgotten password.
  • You can’t change the password.

Why iPhone Notes Disappeared and How to Get Them Back?

iPhone notes app is the default app that people use to record shopping list, to-do list, writing inspiration and so on. And the iOS updates improves the notes app to be better every time and make the noting easy and funny.

However, there are always some users facing update issues and  suddenly losing notes from their iPhone.  If you are one of these guys, this post may be helpful for you to get them back. And let’s check why your notes disappear? And get some free tricks to retrieve your notes back.

Why did my notes on my iPhone disappear?

You can run your Notes app on your iPhone, and your’ll find there are some folders, like iCloud, Gmail and On MY IPHONE. These folders tell that the notes are usually stored on iPhone hardware and cloud storage.

Some people may find Cloud notes missing from while others may find On My iPhone notes disappeared. And now lets check the reasons why these notes disappear.

Reason 1. Forget to turn on Cloud Notes.

For people who like to store notes using cloud storage, they may get all cloud notes disappearing after iOS update since they may easily forget to turn on the cloud service to sync notes back to their device after software update.

Reason 2. iOS Update Errors.

Surely, some errors and bugs may occur during the update. And this may delete your note contents with the pictures and attaches. In this case, the iPhone backup will be the lifesaver to get notes back to iPhone.

Reason 3. Manually Deletion.

The notes may deleted by some people or mistakenly removed by you. If you are luck, you may find these deleted notes on the Recently Deleted Folder.

How to Retrieve Missing Notes from iPhone

Based on the reasons, there are some free tips you can follow to retrieve your missing notes from iPhone.

1. Retrieve disappeared Notes from Cloud

Sync Notes with iCloud
Sync Notes with iCloud

If you have synced notes from iCloud, Gmail or some other cloud storage service to your iPhone, you can get your cloud notes back by turning on notes sync using the accounts.

  1. Go to Settings app > Passwords & Accounts.
  2. Choose Account and tap to turn on Notes sync.

2. Recover all Notes from iPhone Backup

Think back, have you backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud? If you have done some backups, you have chance to get back all of your disappeared notes from iPhone, cause the backup may contains your lost notes.

Apple posted article about how to restore iPhone from backup. And you can restore your device to get your disappeared notes from the iPhone backup.

Some iPhone data recovery tools help you preview notes on iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Thus if you are not sure whether there are the missing notes and attached images stored on backup, you can have a try on the tools.

3. Recover Notes from Recently Deleted

Manually deleted notes will be automatically stored on Recently Deleted folder for 30 days before they are permanently erased from your device. So just check the Recently Deleted folder on your Notes app to restore them back.

4. Find an expert to get back missing notes

If all of these methods can’t solve your problem to get back your important notes, you can Google an iPhone recovery service and call them to recover your missing notes.

How to Quickly Clear Cache on Your iPhone [iOS 12]

With so many cache, you iPhone may slow down. So how to speed up your device by removing the caches or RAM on your iPhone. Just read the following steps to easily make it.

The cache files helps you quickly load the pages and files you’ve visited. But the cached files, such as images, also take up your iPhone storage and sometimes it may slow down your device.

So how can you remove Safari cache and app cache on your iPhone to free up space? Or how to clean RAM to speed up your device. Here we collected these tricks. Cause most of you are using the new iOS 12, so the tips are based on the new software update.

  1. Clear RAM on iPhone
  2. Wipe Out App Cache
  3. Remove Safari Cache

How to Clear RAM on iPhone in iOS 12

There is a widely-spreading trick that you can use to quickly clean up all app and system processes running on background. This will be very helpful to quickly clean RAM to speed up iPhone.

  1. You will use the feature AssistiveTouch. So firstly turn on AssistiveTouch via the Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.
  2. Next, go back to the Settings app and then go to General > Shut Down. And this will make you go to the page as bellow.
  3. Then, after you tap the AssistiveTouch circle to hold Home for several seconds, your iPhone will have a fast flash, and this will clean RAM.

How to Clear App Cache on iPhone

App Caches may be so large taking up your iPhone storage. And you will find the biggest app cache by checking your iPhone storage bar under Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

In the app list, you can tap each to see the app Document & Data, which are the files that app cached while you used the app. To wipe out the app document and data, you can run the app > settings to clear the cache, downloaded files and history.

Besides, reinstall the app will make sense to clean the app cache. So you can delete the app and reinstall it to your device. But before you reinstall it, be sure to remove the app cache in iCloud.

How to Clear Safari Cache on iPhone

Safari cache and cookies will be automatically generated once you visit a website without using the Private Mode. And these files are not so much large, and don’t slow down your device or take up so much space.

But if you want to clear the safari cache caches and cookies on your iPhone, you can go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. This method will remove all history, cookies, and cached data on your Safari browser.

If you don’t want to remove all, you can tap Advanced > Website Data. This method enables you to remove caches from specific website you visited before.

How to Clean Huge “System” Storage on Mac

Mac “System” taking up too much space in macOS High Sierra or Mojave? here are some free methods to clear the huge “System” storage on your Mac.

Some days ago,I found one reddit user’s post telling the “System” taking  up a huge space on Mac. It was the first time I met the Mac “System” storage problem. And it was described as follow:

Hi Mac Users, System is taking an incredibly large amount of space. I mistakenly loaded heavy video files to Numbers and the hard disk immediately filled up. Any help accorded will be highly appreciated.

After I checked my computer storage usage and I was surprised to find my “System” is also taking an incredibly huge space – 43GB of the total 120GB on my MacBook Air.

My Mac Huge System Storage
My Mac Huge System Storage –  Feb, 2018

As well known, the Mac operating system usually takes up from 8GB to 13GB. So I don’t think my Mac “System” storage could be that huge, so I searched to find how it defines  “System” storage for a Mac, and how to free up that storage.

  1. What is in Mac “System” Storage?
  2. How to Clean Storage on Mac?

What is in Mac “System” Storage?

The “System” on your Mac storage bar stands for that space your macOS operating system used, including the system itself and the caches and cookies it generated while driving on your computer hard drive.

Sometimes, your Mac may mistakenly put other sections into the “System” storage. For instance,  my mac made the mistake of failing to exclude the “Music creations” and “iOS files” (iOS backups) from the “System” storage, so that I get a huge “System” on the storage bar. 

And after I clicked the Manage.. button on the top left of the bar, it showed the real system storage was taking only 29.3 GB. And there were two new categories named “iOS files” and “Music creations” being separated.

Correct Storage Usage on My MacBook
Correct Storage Usage on My MacBook – Feb, 2018

And the sum of the storage size of these three parts (System, Music Creation and iOS Files) is 43.38GB, equal to the size of my huge System storage I showed before on the storage bar.

4 Tips to Quickly Clean Storage on Your Mac

On the storage manager page, you’ll have a detailed view of all data types with the size it used. And you can choose any large category to have a clean. And below are some usual and free methods to free up your Mac storage.

  1. Delete useless iOS backup files, applications and documents.
  2. Transfer media files like photos, video, music, and iBooks to external disk drive or cloud. And then delete them.
  3. Empty your Trash bin get more free space.
  4. Remove your iPhone or iPad software updates on your Mac.

Most of these methods aims to remove the larger files on your Mac to quickly free up your Mac storage. And if there is any question, please leave your comment below.