iBackupExplorer(Rejected by Apple Review Team)

iBackupExplorer is an macOS App that can explore your iPhone backup files on you Mac, and it can also export the backup files out, so you can do more detail operations. 

It can not display Contacts, Notes, Calendars, Reminds with a UI, because these data are in SQLite format, you need view it with other DB Editor such as Navicat, DB Browser for SQLite, SQLiteFlow, SQLiteStudio, SQLPro for SQLite and so on. Some data are plist format, I developed a simple macOS app called `PropertyList Viewer`
If you need to view plist file, you can buy the bundle https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/id1694862908?mt=12, this bundle contains iBackupExplorer and PropertyList Viewer and an app that can view iPhone wallpapers which in CPBitmap format. The App Store link for CPBitmapViewer is https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cpbitmapviewer/id6449894418
If you need all this app, you can but the bundle, or you can buy some of them seperately.

If you encounter any bugs or problems, please contact me, amadman380743909@gmail.com

iBackupExplorer Version 2

Version 2 has two big updates.

  1. one is the User Interface update

1.1 Sidebar region

This region will list backups you can operate. Because the app is sandboxed, it does not have permission to any files on your mac by default. You need to drag your backup folders to the sidebar, so this app has permission to the folders you dragged into it.

1.1.1 Sidebar has three group

System Backup Folder: you drag the system backup folder to this group, then the app will parse all the backups in the system backup folder. then add all the backups in it. like the picture below:

there are three backups in my mac. two is encrypted, one is unencrypted.

Other backups Group: If you only want to explore one backup not all the backups, you can drag single backup folder to this group. like the picture below

there are 3 backups on my mac

drag one backup to sidebar

then the backup will show in the sidebar

iCloud group: this group is just a shortcut to the Apple iCloud website https://www.icloud.com/

1.2 Content Tab Region

this region list some useful data type you can operate with.

Some data will be parsed and displayed in UI, such as SMS, Contacts, Photos. And some data are not parsed in current version(2.0), I just show the path, then you can copy the path, and goto “Files” page, then paste it into the “Goto Location”, then you can navigate to the folder. You can export the data to another space, and use SQLite database editors and plist editor to view the database file and plist file.

iBackupExplorer Version 1 Manual

Overview of iBackupExplorer


Demo Video


Backing up your iPhone can keep your data safer. Just imagining when your iPhone get lost or broken, there are many important data in the phone, if you have backed up your iPhone before, then you will not worry about your Contacts, Photos, App Data or other important data was lost, you can restore it from your latest backup.

1.1 backup your iPhone

You can back up your iPhone on your Mac, see the Apple official guide

cn: 备份 iPhone – 官方 Apple 支持 (中国)

en: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with your Mac – Apple Support

1.2 manage your backups

you can delete some old backups, only keep the latest several backups

2.Explore contents of backup

The Mac stores the backups in “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/”, you can open it in Finder App. But the content is not friendly to us. We do not know how the files were structured and named. So we need the help of iBackupExplorer App

2.1 locate the backup

You can open “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/” with Finder App.

Finder, Go to Folder

2.2 open backup using the iBackupExplorer App

Click the “Select” button, then system will pop up a Panel to let you choose a Folder

in the Panel, you can Navigate to the directory “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/”

Choose a backup you want to open. The backup folder name is like “c015f06a46ac794819bf2136efea12d4beb117fb”

2.3 view Folders and Files

iBackupExplorer show the backup content as a File Tree, Each App on the iPhone has a Folder, and all the data produced by that app was stored in the Folder.

3. Export

3.1 export selected Folders or Files

select a Folder or file, then right click on it, you will see a menu with two options, one is ‘export’, another is ‘reveal in Finder’. Click ‘export’ to export the selected folder, and click ‘reveal in Finder’ to reveal it in Finder App

3.2 export All

1.click ‘Select’ button, system will pop up a Panel to select the Export Location.

Select a place to store the exported files. You can create new folder, or just choose an empty folder

2.Click “Export All” button, then wait a few minutes

The time of the export process depends on the size of your backup. the larger the backup , the longer it takes

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