With over-the-air iOS updates, I’m willing to bet that most iPhone and iPad users don’t backup their devices as often (if ever). That’s really not a good thing but the reasons for doing so are many, varied, and time honored. Stuff happens. Alright, so you back up to iTunes on your Mac. Now what?
Enter iBackupBot, a Mac app that digs into iTunes backups so you can browse, view, export, and even modify those big, fat, waiting-for-someone-to-touch-me iTunes backup files.
The real question is, ‘Why do I want to do that?‘ Well, why do humans climb mountains? Because they’re there. iTunes backups are there and they are loaded with files just begging to be browsed or mucked up.
iBackupBot uses a Finder-like interface to display iTunes backups.
What can you do with iBackupBot?
Browse through all the backup files you’ve created in iTunes. Then, view, edit, or export files. iBackupBot has a built-in Plist editor, a text editor, a hex editor, a database viewer, an image viewer, and options to view your backed up text messages, call history, and address book.
The built-in iBackupBot media browser lets you dig through photos, voice memos, voicemail, and even multimedia text messages.
Here’s the advantage of using iBackupBot and why it’s not for the faint of heart (or for anyone with a monthly budget, based upon the price tag). Instead of simply restoring a backup to your iPhone or iPad you can select specific files to restore instead of the whole shebang.
Also, there’s a wonderful option for nerdy geeky Mac users who want to edit the carrier name or time string or remove a single call history record from an iPhone (good for deleting incriminating evidence that the spooks at the U.S. NSA probably already know about anyway).
The advantage iBackupBot has over other apps that view files on the iPhone and iPad are the built-in editors. iBackupBot isn’t for everyone, so make sure to have backups of your backups.