How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR in 3 Ways

addition, this guide shows you three ways to backup text messages on an iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR. Read on to learn how to do it.

By Lydia Smith | Posted on: Sep. 11, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 14, 2018
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Want to backup iPhone texts to avoid unexpected data loss? This article shows you three ways to backup text messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

Many reasons can cause the loss of text messages on an iPhone, such as accident deletion, unexpected phone damage, restore error, or upgrade failure. Your new iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR might not be an exception. The best way to avoid such data loss is to backup your iPhone text messages. There are 3 ways introduced in our article to backup text messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR so you have something to fall back on when things go south. Have a check right now.

Part 1. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes

iTunes will backup your entire iPhone and not just text messages. That means your videos, photos, reminders, notes, and everything else will also be backed up along with your text messages.

Also, while restoring the backup, the entire content of your backup will be restored and you won’t have the option to be selective while restoring things. If you’re fine with that, here’s how to backup text messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR using iTunes:

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to computer and launch the iTunes app on computer.

Step 2 Click on your device in iTunes and you will open the summary screen. Click on the button that says Back Up Now and it will begin backing up your iPhone. Wait while iTunes creates a backup of your iPhone including your text messages. You’ll be notified when the backup has been successfully created.

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes

Part 2. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iCloud

iCloud is another way to back up your iPhone and just like iTunes, this also doesn’t allow you to selectively backup things. That means once again you will back up all the content on your device with iCloud and not just text messages. If that issue doesn’t bother you, here’s how to use iCloud to backup text messages on iPhone.

Step 1 Plug in your iPhone to a power source and ensure that your device is connected to a strong WiFi network.

Step 2 Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name followed by iCloud. Then, tap on the option that says iCloud Backup.

Step 3 On the screen that follows, tap on the option that says Back Up Now and your device will begin to back itself up with iCloud.

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR with iCloud

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR with iCloud

Since your iPhone will be uploading all the content from your device, it will take a good time to create an iCloud backup. Just like as the iTunes method, you won’t be allowed to selectively restore items from your backup. It’s either everything or nothing. If you want to be selective and would not like uploading your entire device just to create a backup of your text messages, you have got a way to do it. In the following section, you’ll learn how to do that.

Part 3. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

Both the methods shown above do not let you selectively backup text messages on your iPhone but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are certainly some third-party ways that let you do the task you want and here’s one of those ways for you – AnyTrans for iOS.

AnyTrans for iOS is a powerful iOS content manager that allows you to selectively backup content on your iPhone.

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Step 1 Plug in your iPhone to computer, choose the default Device Manager section and scroll down to the category management page.

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

Step 2 Select Messages on the categories page as you want to backup your iPhone X/Xs (Plus) text messages.

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

Step 3 You will see all of your iPhone text messages. Select the ones you want to backup and click on the To Computer button at the top-right corner to save your messages on your computer.

 How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively


How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR Selectively

The Bottom Line

Backing up text messages on iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR shouldn’t require you to backup all the content and therefore we have shown all the possible ways of backing up messages from your device. We would suggest you to use the AnyTrans method as it lets you choose what you back up rather than letting the apps choose that for you. Get it to have a try now >

Lydia Smith

Member of iMobie team, an optimistic Apple user, willing to share solutions about iOS related problems.