What if, you lost your iphone and you need to call a certain contact urgently or if your all those valuable photos and song playlists which you created from at least a thousand songs after a lot of hard work just vanished when someone took away your ipod.There are many things which can go wrong with an iDevice like, it can get lost, it can go into recovery mode while being updated or you might just erase something accidently while working on it. Ever wondered if you could recover all your expensive applications or important sms messages and calendar events from your previous i devices without even having them in your hand.Well with iPhone Backup Extractor now you surely can.
iPhone Backup Extractor is a free simple tool to extract backup from iphone, ipad or ipodtouch devices stored by itunes in your computer. It can be used for restoring call list, sms history, contact lists, photographs and all other data which cannot be accessed normally since they are stored in a different format.Practically you may access the backup files stored by the itunes during sync, but you cannot use them as they are saved according to the iphone operating system.The registered version of this software automatically converts the extracted apple database files into CSV(comma separates values) format so that it can be directly imported to outlook or excel and you don’t have to separately assemble all your data and then organize it accordingly afterwards which is practically impossible.This helps a lot when you get a new device and you want to sync all the data from your previous device without any hassles onto the new one like putting in a thousand contact details.
We tested the free version of iPhone Backup Extractor on a windows 7 32bit operating system.It requires .NET framework and itunes backup to work so run the software on the user account on which you have synced your device with itunes.
The installation is very easy and the software runs a wizard which lets you choose options and helps you extract your backup data.
As soon as you run the application you get a screen showing information about the detected iphone backup.
This screen consists of three sections,The first section is where you select your backup.It automatically finds out how many backups are stored in your computer and lets you choose the one from which you want to extract the files.
Second section is where you get the details about the backup.It tells you the device, the firmware and the time when the backup was stored.Most importantly it tells you the status of the backup whether it is encrypted or not.It is not possible to extract files from an encrypted backup with the Free version.It also tells you the folder where the backup was saved.
The third section shows available data. In this section you can see what all data is available for extraction in the backup. It shows you in everything in an organized manner whether it may be photos, contacts or other details and how many of them are available for extraction.
This page also gives you the option to register online or see the help available and the option of entering the Expert mode. If you think you have adequate knowledge to operate on the expert mode you just have to click on the given option and the following screen will pop up.
This tab lets you see everything in a folder wise manner, so if you know the exact folder you are looking for or you just want to extract a single piece of information this option will help you with that.
Now notice that in the top left of the screen there are two options File and Extract.
If you press the first option that is File, you will get a drop down screen which will let you to choose from options like view Plist, convert contacts data base into vcard,convert contacts data base into CSV(comma separated values) and more.With this option you can either choose to convert your contacts to electronic visiting cards or to CSV format. You can do the same with your calendar reminders and it also allows you to convert SMS to CSV, notes to HTML and call history to CSV formats.
The next option is Extract.In this option you can choose what you want to extract and the format in which you want to extract.You can extract calendar, contacts, SMS, notes call history as well as photos, videos, recordings and voicemail.
For an example i chose to extract some photos from my backup which I was not able to transfer from my iphone to my computer due to some reason, all i had to do was start the wizard and select photos from the extract menu.Then i was prompted to select the destination folder for the output files, also there is an option to create a new folder as well so you can directly create a new folder without having to exit the screen.
After selecting the destination folder it shows a small box that says only two files can be extracted at a time with the unregistered version, so if you want to work on this software on commercial base i would recommend you to buy the registered version. The extraction was very swift and fast and the photo quality of the extracted pictures was the same as taken from the camera.
Here are the Extracted two photos which appear in the following box.
To conclude we would say that it is a very important application for all those people who own any of the apple devices.It boasts of many features like:
- Recover any file from your backup.
- Supports backup from all versions of itunes.
- Works with ipad, ipod touch and iphone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4 .
- CSV, vCard and iCal export of data. ( limited to two records with the free version.)
- Runs on Windows Vista, XP , Win7 in 32bit or 64bit mode and works on Linux or OS X computers.
So whatever device you have or whatever your itunes version is, you don’t have to worry about the compatibility any more.It is very easy to use and lets you choose the format of the data output after extraction so you can either sync it to a new device or just import it to outlook and messenger.The Best part is that you don’t need to have a new formatted device to see the backup from your old device which otherwise, can be very hard to find in an urgency. However you can enjoy a lot of other benefits from the registered version.