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 4/4s/5/5s/se/6s/7/8/X/XS/XS Max/XR.

Roger Smith Posted on: Apr. 09, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2019

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 messages 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 for 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

Method 1. Back Up iPhone Text Messages Using AnyTrans

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:

  • 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.

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

How to Backup Messages on iPhone – Step 1

How to Backup Messages on iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. Preview and select conversations you want to backup, tap the To Computer 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).

How to Backup Messages on iPhone – Step 2

How to Backup Messages on iPhone – Step 2

Method 2. Back Up iPhone Messages with iTunes

iTunes is a must-have tool for iOS users. It supports you backup and restore your iPhone. When you connect your device to your computer, iTunes will automatically back up it, or you can back up manually. However, you need to know some tips: first, iTunes backing up 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.

Step 1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone to your computer. Click the device button.

Step 2. Under 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.

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

Method 3. Sync iPhone Text Messages to iCloud

iCloud is a way that allows you to sync your messages to cloud 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 free space for every user. Considering how to backup messages to iCloud, here 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.

How to Backup Messages on iPhone via iCloud

How to Backup Messages on iPhone via 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.

The Bottom Line

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Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.