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This section describes features that require a Plus license. If you have a Classic license, a +
sign will appear next to these categories. You can purchase an upgrade to Plus at any time from the MSB Preferences pane.
and Photos & Other Files
constitute the Plus categories. These items are never
archived in the ‘MobileSyncBrowser.Data’ file, they are read directly from the current
backup folder for the device.
These are data recovery
features and are generally used to recover
information when the normal sync mechanisms do not work properly.
Contacts, as a rule, are normally synched with your Address Book.
MSB uses the contact list to display the names associated with calls and SMS messages.
You can export/view your contact data if you have registered for Plus (data recovery) features.
Individual contacts may be exported by double-clicking the individual
contact. To preview a contact's data, click on the blue chevron.
To export all contacts, navigate to the main Contacts list and select the Export All
The exported contact(s) file is in vcard (.vcf) format for the broadest
compatibility possible. Multiple contacts are exported to a single file.
Encoding: Some Windows contacts applications do not support Unicode
may import ‘non-Roman’ scripts (e.g. Cyrillic, Kanji)
incorrectly. If this happens, use a text-encoding utility to convert
the file as appropriate prior to importing.
Multiple Contacts: Some Windows contact applications do not support single vcf files with multiple contacts
and will typically import only the first record in the file. Outlook is
one very common program that does this.
There are many utilities on the Internet to remedy this, with varying
In version 3.1.3 and higher you have the option to export
each contact as a separate vcf file. If you select this option, you
will still be prompted for a file
name, but this will become the name of the enclosing folder
Another method is to
convert the single vcf file into a comma-separated-values (.csv) text file
that many programs also support.
One online converter that I have used can be found here (just remember
that your information is being sent to a third-party; if you are
concerned with security, find a utility that you can download to do the
conversion on your computer):
Online vCard Converter
Calendar Events, as a rule, are normally synced with your designated Calendar program.
You can export your Calendars and Events if you have registered for Plus (data recovery) features.
exported events are in vcal (.ics) format for the broadest
compatibility possible. Calendars and events are exported to a single file.
To export an entire calendar, list the calendar's event(s) and click the Export All button.
To preview or export a single event, double-click on the event;
you can then press the Export button to save the event individually.
Photos & Other Files
this category, you can see all the files contained in the current
backup. MSB recreates the directory structure from the information in
You may browse the directories and files in the backup. Plus
users can export any file encapsulated in the backup in its
The existence and location of certain items will vary depending on your device's firmware
Photographs, such as those in the Camera Roll, are stored in the CameraRollDomain
if the former doesnt exist). Within, navigate to the /Media/DCIM/
directory to view the Camera Roll images.
MMS and iMessage attachments are stored in the same domain within /Library/SMS/
in the Parts and/or Attachments folder.
JPEG, PNG* and THM image files can be previewed in MSB. PLIST
documents and some audio files can also be previewed. Click on the blue chevron to
select 'Preview' if available. You can also select Export to save the file to disk if you want to view in another program.
*Some non-photo PNG files are saved in a non-standard format and cannot be previewed in MSB.