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Messages Management

Whether you encounter the similar situations below?

“My iPhone is out of memory. I need to transfer all my messages to the computer. Can you help me?”

“Is there a way to back up my iMessages to the computer?”

If you just encounter the similar issue above, don't worry. You can try “Messages Management” mode to manage your messages/iMessages on iPhone. The following instructions will help you do it.

Compatibility of Computer System

Windows Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista (both 32bit and 64bit)
Mac macOS Sonoma, macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, OS X 10.11

Supported Device Types

All iOS Devices with iOS Version 5 and above

Supported Types of Messages

Messages, iMessages

Differences between Trial Version & Activated Version

Benefits Trial Version Activated Version
Transfer Messages Transfer 30 items within 3 days

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on Your Computer.

Before managing messages, please download and install AnyTrans on your computer. Please make sure the network is stable while downloading and installing AnyTrans on your computer.

Step 2. Connect Your iOS device to the Computer via the USB Cable.

By default, AnyTrans will detect your iOS device automatically. If you don’t connect your iOS device or your iOS device isn’t recognized, you will see “Please connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod” interface.

Connect Your Device

Connect Your Device

Once your iOS device is recognized, the interface below will display.

Your Device Is Detected

Your Device Is Detected

If AnyTrans fails to recognize your iOS device, you may try these troubleshooting steps to solve this problem.

Step 3. Select Messages Option.

Please choose Messages option. If you have a backup, it will load messages automatically. If you don’t have any backups, please click Back up Now button to detect messages. It might take some minutes to back up your messages based on the amount of the data on your iOS device. Please keep patient. After the back up process is completed, it will display all the messages on your iOS device like the interface below.

Manage Messages on Your Device

Manage Messages on Your Device

1. Apple values user’s privacy, so it won’t let the third party software to detect your private mail, messages and Safari history directly. As these data are stored in Sandbox, you only can access them when you already had backups or had finished backup your device.

2. Apple will not let the third party to detect your encrypted backup for protecting user’s privacy, so please uncheck encrypted backup firstly to make AnyTrans detect your data.

Step 4. Transfer Your Messages.

Please choose the messages you want to transfer, click To PC button and choose export format of messages. You also can:

Refresh: Refresh the interface to load messages correctly.

Print: Print messages.

Transfer Messages to the Computer

Transfer Messages to the Computer

Step 5. Transfer Completed.

Once the transferring process is completed, you will see Transfer Completed Page. To locate messages exported on computer, please click view files button. To transfer more messages, please click transfer more items or Close button.

Transfer Completed

Transfer Completed

1. If you still have questions after reading this guide, please refer to FAQs page to check more solutions. Or you can contact our Support Team to get further help. We are here to help you!

2. If you want to recover lost messages, you can try our software called PhoneRescue for iOS.