There are so many so-called iPhone backup viewers. Each one looks the same by offering similar features and promising to help you easily get things from your iPhone backup on your computer or the Apple iCloud server.
But how can you get out the top best one to view the hidden pictures, contacts, messages and other files on the backup? With so many app reviews crowding on the Internet, it would be so hard to get it out.
In comeware.com, here we’ve reviewed more than 10 top iPhone backup viewing tools. And we picked out some top free ones to help you get the photos, messages, contacts, etc from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Now let’s have a look at these cost-free iPhone backup browsing tools.
Note: Till now, we didn’t find any apps that could access the contents on iCloud backup. Besides, you can directly go to know how I started the app testing if you are interested in it.
Top Free iPhone Backup Viewers [2019 Updated]
The test results show there are 4 apps that you can use for free to browse the contents that stored on iPhone backup, including Joyoshare trial version, iMazing free trial, Dr.Fone free trial, iBackup Viewer.
This app list will be updated if there are some big changes, and we’ll remove anyone who charges for backup previewing.
Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery Trail Version
Joyoshare is one of the excellent free iTunes backup viewers I found that people could use to access the contents and files from iTunes backup. This app runs on Windows and Mac to get all your iPhone backups saved on your computer, and help you preview and extract the contents on the backup compressed files.
And this could be very helpful if you don’t want to restore using the default method to spread out all files on your iPhone screen.
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 the iCloud backup.
- It charges for extracting files from backup.
iMazing Trail Version – Free iTunes Backup Browser
For iPhone backup viewing, iMazing does a good job. Just like Joyoshare, iMazing helps you quickly preview photos, messages, contacts, call history and other file types from iPhone backup to your computer desktop or a specific folder.
This app is worth trying since it has stable performance, and it provides you with many useful features to manage content on your iOS device besides browsing an iPhone backup. You can go to my collected iPhone transfer software to know more about this app.
Supported file types:
Photos, Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History, Voicemail, Notes, Voice Memos and other App Data.
- 100% free for browsing content on all iTunes backup.
- Well compatible with the new iOS 12.1.4 backup.
- Supports Windows and Mac systems.
- 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.
How Did I Test the Apps to View iPhone Backup?
I’ve reviewed some iPhone recovery software before. And I know that most of iPhone recovery apps are able to preview and extract contents from iPhone backup. Therefore I re-tested these apps and added some new ones, such as iMazing and Joyoshare, to have the test.
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.