Extracting MyTime data from iTunes Backup

Extract your mytime data from your iTunes backups

Here is some info about backups from apple’s website http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

Here are some rules:

  1. never ever setup your phone as a new phone, ALWAYS restore from a backup (even if the apple store told you to).
  2. always keep up to date with your email backups.
  3. sync your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with iTunes regularly to keep a backup of your data.

 

On OSX

These instructions only work if you have not encrypted your backup data

  1. download http://supercrazyawesome.com/downloads/iPhone%20Backup%20Extractor.app.zip
  2. extract and run the application
  3. Select the “Read Backups” button
  4. Pick your device
  5. Then select com.yourcompany.MyTime?
  6. press “Extract” and save this to your desktop.
  7. your backup file should be in ~/Desktop/com.yourcompany.MyTime?™/Documents/MyTime?™.sqlite (if you dont have this file and are running a very old version of mytime you might see a “records.plist” file)
  8. run the MyTime™ Backup application and make sure that your iPhone is on the same wireless network as your Mac. (If you cant get this to work, email me your records.plist file)
  9. on the iPhone, start MyTime?™ and go to More->Settings->Backup using ‘MyTime?™ Backup’
  10. on the Mac in the MyTime?™ Backup program, select “Restore Backup” and then select the com.yourcompany.MyTime?™/Documents/records.plist file that was restored by the iPhone Backup Extractor application.
  11. hit the home button on the iPhone to quit MyTime?™ and restart MyTime?™ to see your data

On Windows

These instructions only work if you have not encrypted your backup data

Please use iPhone Backup Extractor from http://www.iphonebackupextractor.com/ for now since iPhoneRescue is not compatible with the new iTunes backup format

  1. download http://priddysoftware.com/software/iPhoneRescue/iPhoneRescue%20Windows.zip fromhttp://priddysoftware.com/software/iPhoneRescue/
  2. extract and follow the instructions on http://priddysoftware.com/software/iPhoneRescue/ as to how to run the application
  3. Select your devices name in the first column, pay attention to the backup date
  4. then select “MyTime?™” from the middle list
  5. then select the “records.plist” file in the third column (if you are using MyTime?™ > 3.1.0 you are interested in getting the “MyTime?™.sqlite” file)
  6. press “Save File” and save the file to your desktop
  7. on the iPhone, start MyTime?™ and go to More->Settings->Start MyTime?™ Webserver
  8. on your PC open a web browser following the onscreen instructions of MyTime?
  9. you should be viewing a webpage entitled “MyTime?™ Webserver”
  10. in the “Backup/Restore” section on the “Restore Backup File” line, press the “Browse” button and open that “records.plist” file that you saved on your desktop earlier.
  11. now press the “Restore Backup” button
  12. wait till you see the webpage refresh (should take 0-8 seconds)
  13. hit the home button on the iPhone to quit MyTime?™ and restart MyTime?™ to see your data

 

On Windows or OSX (alternative method)

  1. You will need to navigate to one of the following directories:
    • On a Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync?/Backup/
    • On Windows XP: open “My Computer” and go to the “Tools” menu -> Folder Options -> View -> select “Show hidden files and folders” and hit OK.
      • From My Computer go to: c:\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync?\Backup\
    • On Windows Vista: go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > general > and make sure that “Show hidden files” is checked
      • from the Start->Computer go to C:\Users\(username)\AppData?\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync?\Backup\
    • On Windows 7: go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > general > and make sure that “Show hidden files” is checked
      • from the Start->Computer go to C:\Users\(username)\AppData?\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync?\Backup\
  2. Now take a look at the directories that match the date/time stamp and zip up the ones that match (you might want to sort by the date/time by clicking on the “date” column). Zip a directory by right-clicking the directory and go to -> Send To-> Compressed (Zipped) Folder
  3. Now email me the zip file toopriddy@gmail.com and let me know what you are wanting and tell me the name of your iPhone/iPod

For iTunes < 8.2, this mostly does not work anymore

This is in construction and I am verifying its accuracy

  1. make sure that you have installed Safari from apple (see if you have a C:\Program Files\Safari directory)
  2. download http://mobilesync-inspect.googlecode.com/files/mobilesync-inspect-Windows-r10.zip
  3. extract and copy the mobilesync-inspect-Windows-r10/mobilesync-inspect.exe file to the C:\Program Files\Safari directory
  4. Go to the Start Menu->Run and type in “cmd”
  5. in the black command window type in “cd c:\Program Files\Safari”
  6. now type in “mobilesync-inspect list Documents/records.plist”
  7. you should see several lines listed like: 2008-09-16 22:02:24 – 8c67ee34fdc4fc7a6f66e72d5f15f47d6d704976/00064d7fd97c54526a137a703724c8d603f3bb70.mdbackup : Documents/records.plist (557)
  8. You are interested in the latest dated version of the output (see the date at the beginning of the output). In my case it was the 2008-11-25 entry
  9. type in “mobilesync-inspect extract cffc3e94279ae75f05c0093db3312c6ba629625a/e24993bfb82fcfeaed113577f7ab4fe5865934f4.mdbackup mytimedata.plist” YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE cffc3e94279ae75f05c0093db3312c6ba629625a/e24993bfb82fcfeaed113577f7ab4fe5865934f4.mdbackup WITH WHAT SHOWS UP IN THE LINE IN YOUR OUTPUT.
  10. you should have a file in your C:\Program Files\Safari directory called “mytimedata.plist”
  11. email me toopriddy@gmail.com the file and I will send you an email backup that you can restore from

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