How can I read iPhone backup on my mac?

I’m going to restore my iPhone 5s, but I would like to know what is in backup before I restore to iPhone. I know I can't check iTunes backup directly. Can someone tell me how to do that?

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Due to the severe security policy of Apple, users can hardly access and read iTunes backup on computer directly. Actually, as far as we know, we can always get iTunes backup file here: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. But it’s a file that can be opened and read. If you do want to read iPhone backup on your computer, there is a helpful tool here.

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Read iTunes backup content in detail (iOS 9 included)

To read iTunes backup on Mac directly, you can try using iSkysoft iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. As an iPhone backup reader, iSkysoft iPhone Data Recovery detects all iTunes backup files on your computer, extracts contents from them and saves iTunes backup data as readable files on your computer. With the help of it, you can read anything on iTunes backup effortlessly, including photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, etc.

How to read iTunes backup in steps

Step 1. Select an iTunes backup to scan

After installing and launching iSkysoft iTunes Backup Reader on your Mac, you'll see the start screen as the image below. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode and all iTunes backup files on your Mac will be detected and displayed. Select an iTunes backup that you want to read and click the "Start Scan" button, the program will begin extracting contents from the backup then.

Note: The "Recover from iOS Device" mode helps you to read and recover files directly from your iPhone.

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Step 2. Read iTunes backup

When the scanning is over, files on the iTunes backup will be displayed in categories like "Camera Roll", "Photo Stream", "Contacts", "Messages" and more. You can read all of them easily.

Additionally, iSkysoft iPhone backup reader offers you a chance to save files from iTunes backup directly on your Mac. This means you can save iTunes backup file on your Mac and read them whenever you want. To do so, you can mark all found contents and click the "Recover" to select a folder on your Mac to save them. All saved data will be kept in readable format.

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As a powerful tool, iSkysoft iPhone Data Recovery is more than an iTunes backup reader. When important files like photos, messages and contacts are lost from your iPhone, iSkysoft is the best tool for you to get them back. It recovers your iPhone lost data directly from your iPhone or from iTunes backup for your iPhone.

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