Text messages and iMessages on iPhone are important forms of communication with family, loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Backing up the messages on your iPhone regularly is a good way to prevent messages loss. Generally speaking, you can backup text messages on iPhone via iTunes or iCloud.
However, neither iTunes nor iCloud allows you to backup only wanted messages, or view the text messages on backup. In other words, it’s a blind backup, you can’t check whether your important messages have been backed up or not. When you need the messages backed up with iTunes or iCloud, make a full restore of your iPhone is the only available way. Restoring iPhone will erase all existing data on your iPhone.
Since iTunes and iCloud ways have so many limitations, many iPhone users are seeking for other simpler way to backup text messages on iPhone. And here we would like to share the most popular yet simplest way firstly. Also, the traditional iTunes and iCloud way will also be provided.
Method 1. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone
If you prefer a way that avoids the annoying problems of iTunes and iCloud, then the 100% secure AnyTrans for iOS is the exact tool. It is highly recommended by lots of iOS users for iPhone files management, like backup, transfer, etc. Here are some outstanding features on backing up messages on iPhone:
- Save both Time and Labor. Just takes you 32 SECONDS to backup over 3000 messages. And 1 click to finish the job.
- Backup All or Messages. Unlike iTunes iCloud, with AnyTrans, you have no choice to decide which messages you want to backup.
- Backup Messages & Messages Attachments. You can backup all the text messages, iMessages, and attachments like pictures, audios on your iPhone.
- Readable Formats. Supports exporting text messages from iPhone to computer in formats of .txt, .html, and .pdf.
- View Messages in iCloud & iTunes. You can view messages in iCloud & iTunes, and even download them to your computer.
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Step 1 Launch AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Choose Device Manager in the main interface and switch to the interface of managing contents by category.
Step 2Choose Messages category to enter the Messages manage page.
Step 3Preview and select conversations you want to backup, tap the To Computer tab to backup text messages on iPhone to PC/Mac computer.
Before you click on To Computer button, you can also set the text message output format in Settings button (Here we take .html as an example). You can also choose the export & backup path.
Method 2. How to Backup Messages on iPhone with iTunes
When you back up your iPhone via iTunes on computer, the text messages will also be backed up, but as we said in the first part, you cannot view or read the messages in iTunes backup directly. Besides, iTunes backing up is a long journey, because it backs up the whole device. And you cannot selectively back up the items you want. So for a faster and smarter operation, we recommend you move to Method 1 with the more user-friendly tool.
Step 1Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone to your computer. Click the device button.
Step 2Under Summary, you will see your iPhone info. In the Backups section, click on “Back Up Now”. iTunes will start backing up your iPhone as well as text messages.
If you tick the option of“Encrypt iPhone backup”, that is to say, you encrypt this backup. Please notice that you’ll be not allowed to unlock the backup if you forgot iTunes backup password, so, keep it in mind firmly.
Method 3. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone to iCloud
Considering how to backup messages on iPhone, you can also back up your iPhone including text messages and iMessages to iCloud. This can be done on your iPhone directly. And these are the steps:
Step 1 Make sure your iPhone is using a stable Wi-Fi network and connect your iPhone to a power source.
Step 2 Go to “Settings” and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Scroll down and choose your iPhone.
Step 3 Choose the “iCloud Backup” option and turn on “iCloud Backup” switch. For previous iOS versions: Settings > iCloud > Backup (Storage & Backup).
Step 4 Tap on “Back Up Now” to backup text messages on iPhone to iCloud. Please keep your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
For this method, you need to know that:
- Just like iTunes, iCloud also backup the whole device, instead of selectively choosing data types. So it will be very time-consuming, and not user-friendly.
- iCloud backup also requires your iPhone charging and connecting to WiFi, and then it will start backing up.
So base on these annoying issues, we recommend you move to Method 1 with an easier tool.
The Bottom Line
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