With the availablility of iCloud Health syncing, we've decided to discontinue Decipher Phone Refresh. For more information about how to use iCloud Health sync to transfer your Health, Activity, and Achievement data to a new device, we recommend this post from iDownloadblog.


Clean an iPhone backup to only the essentials!
iOS 13.1.3 and iOS 13.2 beta Compatible!

Decipher Phone Refresh:

  • Works for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch backups.
  • Customize a backup made in iTunes to only the contents you want. Choices include Health/Activity data, text messages, app data, voicemails, notes, camera roll photos, and more!
  • The customized backup is compatible for restoring via iTunes.
  • Decipher Phone Refresh creates a duplicate backup from your original iTunes backup, with only the data you want. The original backup is not edited!
  • Free trial is fully functional for restoring Health/Activity data. Additional features require registration.
  • Great for eliminating "Other" space on your iPhone, or paring down your disk usage to only the essentials.
  • Also great for slow and/or buggy iPhones that you'd like to wipe and start fresh, without abandoning important data.
  • If you're switching to a new iPhone, use Decipher Phone Refresh to migrate only a subset of your backup to the new device.
  • Excellent if you've been told you shouldn't restore a backup, but there is data in there that you really want!
  • Also great for times you want to wipe your iPhone but keep your Activity and Health history.
  • No jailbreaking required! (We do NOT recommend using this software for jailbroken iPhones. Please contact us if you have questions.)
  • Supported for Windows XP and above, including Windows 10.
  • Supported for macOS Lion and above, including Mojave and Catalina.
  • iOS 12, iOS 11, iOS 10, and iOS 9 compatible. (Compatible with all older versions of iOS also.)
  • Compatible with all of the latest encrypted backup formats.
  • Software is good for installation on an unlimited amount of computers and for reading an unlimited number of backups. Each purchase comes with two free device activations.
  • There are no recurring monthly fees or subscriptions.

Click here to see the Decipher Phone Refresh FAQ page.

Click here to see the latest Decipher Phone Refresh release notes.

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System Requirements

Mac Version

  • Mac OS X 10.7 through macOS 10.15 beta
    (Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion)
  • Recent version of iTunes (not required for macOS 10.15 Catalina)
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 12, iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7, iOS 6, iOS 5, or iOS 4

Windows Version

  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP
  • Recent version of iTunes
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 12, iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7, iOS 6, iOS 5, or iOS 4

Decipher Phone Refresh is software for selectively restoring only a subset of data from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch backup. Decipher Phone Refresh can help you eliminate old, unwanted data, to reduce your iPhone disk space usage, especially the ever-growing "Other" space in iTunes. You may also want to use Decipher Phone Refresh if you need to factory reset your iPhone (to fix network, battery, or other problems) but want to restore some important data from a backup, without restoring the problematic parts of the backup. Decipher Phone Refresh is also helpful for upgrading devices, so you can "start fresh" but keep important items, like Text Messages, Activity app history, WhatsApp data, or Camera Roll Photos. Decipher Phone Refresh runs completely on your computer, so your backup data remains private.

Here at Decipher Media, we understand the importance of your data. We love the many opportunities that our tools give us to help people take control of their iPhone data. If you have any problems with Decipher Phone Refresh, or just have questions, please feel free to contact us or to take a look at our FAQ.

Decipher Phone Refresh Reviews

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Average rating: 5.0/5.0 from 1 ratings and 6 reviews.

Gill Mayers

December 12, 2017 8:30 PM

Used this to restore my Apple Watch Activity tracking data - very successfully!!! Thank you so much - i was despairing before i came across this very useful site.

Decipher Media

December 12, 2017 10:32 PM

Thanks Gill! We really appreciate it.

Javier Salas Herreros

December 10, 2017 10:19 PM

It's a nice software, very very useful but it would be great that you can deactivate an iDevice if you haven't it anymore and activate the new one. For example if you sell your iPhone and buy a new one.

Tomas Puelma Peters

November 9, 2017 7:38 PM

Finally I could do a fresh start with my iPhone without losing my health and activity data. Worked perfectly on my iPhone 6S with iOS 11.1. Thnx!

Decipher Media

November 10, 2017 4:09 PM

Great news, Tomas! Thanks for taking the time to let us know. We appreciate you being a customer!

JJ MacLean

September 22, 2017 7:03 PM
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Decipher Phone Refresh is one of my all-time favourite app purchaes. Simple utility but saves endless amounts of frustration and is simple to use. Support is also great and Kelly is super helpful.

June Leung

July 5, 2016 3:15 PM

My old iphone 5s could not sign into icloud and the call history remained empty no matter how many calls I make / receive / miss.
Bought a new SE which works perfectly until I restore from the 5s backup when the same problems come back.
Asked Apple to replace the SE and the new SE also works until I restore from backup when the same problems come back again.
Emailed Decipher and got a response (from Kelly - I can't thank you more!) within a day.
Used Decipher Phone Refresh to clean my backup and restored to my new SE and... it works like a charm! Thank you Decipher! It's well worththe $30!! Should have tried Decipher earlier to save two weeks' frustration!! (NH Leung)

Chris O'Dea

June 8, 2016 12:58 AM

Decipher Phone Refresh allowed me to restore my phone to fix a longtime problem without losing my years of saved messages. Thank you for a great product.