How to Access Application Data on the iPhone


Since the iPhone and the Apple App Store were introduced, they have revolutionized the smart phone industry. IPhone users are generally a devoted bunch, but even they will admit that things do not always go smoothly with the iPhone. In these cases, it may become necessary to access the application data stored on your iPhone. This process can seem complex, but the following steps will get you through it.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and sync it up to your iTunes account.

  • Select your iPhone under the devices menu and highlight it.

  • Right-click on the highlighted device and select "Backup." This will create backup files for the data contained on your device.

  • Open the Finder and go to "~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup."

  • Switch to the list view and sort by the "Date Modified" option.

  • Look for the file that is from the current date that ends with ".mdbackup."

  • Open this file and you will have access to all of your application data.


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