Joseph Michael Pesch
VP Programming

iPhone Backup File Locations

by 26. July 2015 14:58

When iTunes backs up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it saves all your important data into various files within the backup folder.

The filenames are encoded so they appear as strings of letters and numbers. It turns out, however, that for each version of the iPhone operating system (iOS), they're encoded in similar ways.

Here are some of the main files.

iOS 6 iPhone Backup File Locations

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Reminders Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes notes.sqlite ca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call hist. call_history.db 2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locations consolidated.db Removed from iTunes backup, not iDevice

iOS 5 iPhone Backup File Locations

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Reminders Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes notes.sqlite ca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call hist. call_history.db 2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locations consolidated.db Removed from iTunes backup, not iDevice

iOS 4 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes notes.sqlite ca3bc056d4da0bbf88b5fb3be254f3b7147e639c
Call hist. call_history.db 2b2b0084a1bc3a5ac8c27afdf14afb42c61a19ca
Locations consolidated.db 4096c9ec676f2847dc283405900e284a7c815836

iOS 3 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes notes.db 740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call hist. call_history.db ff1324e6b949111b2fb449ecddb50c89c3699a78

iOS 2 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb 31bb7ba8914766d4ba40d6dfb6113c8b614be442
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 2041457d5fe04d39d0ab481178355df6781e6858
Notes notes.db 740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call hist. call_history.db ff1324e6b949111b2fb449ecddb50c89c3699a78

iOS 1 iPhone Backups

ContentsReal FilenameFilename in Backup
SMS sms.db 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28
Contacts AddressBook.sqlitedb adb8c77534444e97c31ff15924d50f3ed1fbd3b1
Calendar Calendar.sqlitedb 14ee8cdc3e6e0220399ff210246e1c92b7df89a0
Notes notes.db 740b7eaf93d6ea5d305e88bb349c8e9643f48c3b
Call hist. call_history.db a49bfab36504be1bf563c1d1813b05efd6076717

From: http://www.iphonebackupextractor.com/blog/2012/apr/23/what-are-all-files-iphone-backup/

 

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