Apple’s products give us Mincey folks the best of two worlds. Mac, iPhone, and iPad are easy to use. Even for adults. Inside, there’s all kinds of chocolaty Unix underpinnings to snoop around in. What Mac users with the curiosity bug need is a Mac app that lets them dig into the iPhone.
Even better if the app helps extract data files for a backup.
Browse Your iPhone, Backup Files
How do you see what’s inside your iPhone while using your Mac? iTunes tells you which apps, which songs, which TV shows, which photos, which movies, but that’s about it.
iBackup Viewer is a free Mac app that browses the iPhone and iPad innards to reveal a little more of what’s there.
Even better, it backs up files to your Mac and lets you browse what’s there. Plug in your iPhone, fire up iBackup Viewer and let the backup and browse games begin.
Look at the view above. Check out the Call History, SMS text messages, and apps with a click.
Apps are easy to view, too. Just click.
Now the fun begins. iBackup Viewer extracts all that information and lets you browse through it.
It’ll automatically backup the iPhone’s databases, including contacts, call history, text messages, and more.
If you’re not using iCloud, it backs up and syncs Safari bookmarks, iPhone to Mac. You can browse your browsing history, too.
What you get for free is a straightforward Mac backup tool for the iPhone and iPad. It’s not as feature laden at PhoneView but priced right.