How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone

How to backup messages on iPhone? Read this post to get 3 quick ways to backup messages and iMessages on iPhone without hassle. Supports all iPhone models, iPhone 12/11/Xs/Xr/X/8/7/6.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 30, 2021

Text messages and iMessages on iPhone are important forms of communication with family, loved ones, friends, and colleagues. If those conversations got lost, some of your memories or important information would not be found again. So, backing up the messages on your iPhone regularly is a good way to prevent message loss, especially when you update to a new iOS version or a sudden data loss.

So in this post, we would like to share the most popular yet simplest way firstly for iPhone users who are seeking a simpler way to backup iPhone messages. Also, the traditional iTunes and iCloud way will also be provided.

Backup Text Messages on iPhone

Backup Text Messages on iPhone

How to Back Up iPhone Text Messages via A Backup Tool

A professional data backup tool would help save lots of time while backing up iPhone messages. Even iTunes/iCloud can back up iPhone messages, they won’t support view the messages. Also, the storage on iCloud is unfriendly for iCloud backup users. Therefore, here in this part, we recommend 2 professional data backup tools that can easily back up iPhone messages without any limitations.

#1. AnyTrans – The Most Reliable iPhone Message Manager

If you prefer a way that avoids the annoying problems of iTunes and iCloud, then the 100% secure AnyTrans is the exact tool. It is highly recommended by lots of iOS users for iPhone file management, like backup, transfer, etc. Here are some outstanding features on backing up messages on the iPhone:

  • 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. Export text messages from iPhone to computer for print 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.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer, and follow us to backup iPhone messages in minutes.

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Choose Device Manager > Choose Messages.

Choose Messages Tab

Choose Messages Tab

Step 2. Preview and select conversations you want to backup, tap the To PC tab to backup text messages on iPhone to PC/Mac computer. Then you can also set the text message output format (Here we take .html as an example).

Export iPhone Messages to TXT, PDF, or HTML

Export iPhone Messages to TXT, PDF, or HTML

#2. PhoneTrans – Quite A Professional Utility on iPhone Message Backup

PhoneTrans is designed for phone switching. For better security concern, PhoneTrans provides a professional data backup function which could cover all the needs while switching phones. That means to back up iPhone messages is really easy and effective using PhoneTrans. Get a glance at how to back up iPhone messages with PhoneTrans.

Step 1. Download PhoneTrans and run it on your computer. Connect your iPhone to the computer at the same time.

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Step 2. Click Phone Backup on the left panel and tap the Start Backup to go on.

PhoneTrans Phone Backup Overview

PhoneTrans Phone Backup Overview

Step 3. Follow the instruction on the screen. Now click on the Messages on the iPhone and tap on Back Up Now to back up iPhone messages.

Choose Messages to Back up on PhoneTrans

Choose Messages to Back up on PhoneTrans

Minutes later, PhoneTrans will complete the backup journey. Then you will see Backup Complete words on the screen that means all the messages have backed up via PhoneTrans. Also, there is a full backup option on PhoneTrans which means you can back up your iPhone wholly.

How to Back Up iPhone Messages with iTunes

iTunes is a must-have tool for iOS users. It supports back up and restores your iPhone. When you connect your device to your computer, iTunes will automatically back up it, or you can back it up manually. However, you need to know some tips: first, iTunes backup is a long journey, because it backs up the whole device. So you cannot selectively back up the items you want. Besides, you cannot view or read the messages in iTunes backup directly unless you restore it.  So for faster and smarter operation, we recommend you move to Method 1 with a more user-friendly tool. Here is how to backup iPhone text messages with iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone to your computer. Click the device button – the Phone icon.
  2. Under Summary, you will see your iPhone info.
  3. Move the mouse to the Backups section, click on “Back Up Now”. iTunes will start backing up your iPhone as well as text messages.

    Backup Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes

    Backup Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes

1. If you found your iPhone cannot backing up to iTunes normally or after you update to the new iOS, you can check the tips about how to fix iPhone won’t sync with iTunes.

2. 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 the iTunes backup password, so, keep it in mind firmly.

How to Back up iPhone Text Messages to iCloud

iCloud is a way that allows you to sync your messages to iCloud with a Wi-Fi network connection. With iCloud backup, you can view your data on other iDevices, like Mac or iPad, but you can’t back up the only wanted messages like iTunes. So if you have lots of data on your iPhone, you may not know how long does iCloud backup take. And also iCloud has only 5GB of free space for every user. Considering how to back up messages on iPhone to iCloud, here are the steps:

Here is how to back up iPhone Messages to iCloud for iOS 11.3 and older version:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is using a stable Wi-Fi network. (Please keep your iPhone connected to a Wi-Fi network and a power source).
  2. Go to “Settings” > Tap “iCloud” > Click Backup (Storage & Backup).
  3. Turn on iCloud Backup > Then tap Back Up Now to back up messages on iPhone. 

Here is how to back up iPhone Messages to iCloud for iOS 11/12  version:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is using a stable Wi-Fi network and connect your iPhone to a power source.
  2. Go to “Settings” > Tap on [your name] at the top of the screen. Scroll down and choose your iPhone.
  3. Choose the “iCloud Backup” option > Turn on “iCloud Backup” switch.
  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.
How to Backup Messages on iPhone via iCloud

How to Backup Messages on iPhone via iCloud

Here is how to back up iPhone Messages to iCloud for the new iOS 13/14 version:

  1. A stable Wi-Fi network and enough power would be necessary.
  2. Head to Settings > Click on the Apple ID (Device name) > Click on iCloud > Tap on Messages and enable the Sync button.

Once you enable the sync button, it will turn green. Every time you back up your iPhone, the Messages would be synced.

How to Back up iPhone Messages to iCloud

How to Back up iPhone Messages to iCloud

If you met any problem when you using iCloud backup, please check: whether you update your iPhone/iPad/Mac to the latest OS version, and make sure that you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.  (If you need to merge two Apple IDs, you can read the tips about how to merge two/multiple iCloud accounts into one.)

If your iCloud backup got taking forever issue, you can click to find the way how to increase iCloud backup speed.

Further Reading: How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud >

The Bottom Line

Compared with all these methods mentioned in this post, using PhoneTrans or AnyTrans would be much easier to back up messages on the iPhone. Why not give them a try now? Also, if this article helps you with how to backup messages on your iPhone, don’t forget to share it with more friends.  And any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to leave them in the Comments Section.

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