Does iTunes Backup Text Messages/iMessages and How to Extract Easily

Does iTunes backup text messages/iMessages? If yes, how to backup messages? how to view and restore messages from iTunes backup? This post answers these questions.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Nov. 13, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 13, 2018
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Developed by Apple, iTunes is a free and powerful software and one of the most commonly used features of it is backing up iOS data. If you are new to iTunes, you might have questions like: does iTunes backup text messages/iMessages? How to backup text messages/iMessages? How to view text messages/iMessages in iTunes backup? Do keep reading and find answers to all your questions.

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Does iTunes Backup Text Messages/iMessages

Does iTunes Backup Text Messages/iMessages

Part 1. Does iTunes Backup Text Messages/iMessages

According to Apple, iTunes literally backs up all data on iPhone iPad including photos, music, videos, ringtones, application data and messages no matter text messages or iMessages etc. So, while doing backups with iTunes, messages are included in iTunes backups. It is recommended to backup your iPhone regularly in case of any data loss.

Part 2. How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages on iPhone

Even though iTunes can backup text messages/iMessages and it is not hard to backup messages via iTunes, you should know that you can’t only backup text messages/iMessages via iTunes. To backup text messages/iMessages, you have to create one iTunes backup which includes all data on your iDevice, besides, data in iTunes backup are not readable.

Since there are so many shortcomings with backing up text messages/iMessages via iTunes, before showing you how to backup text messages/iMessages to the computer via iTunes, we will first tell you how to selectively backup messages to computer.

Method 1. How to Selectively Backup Text Messages/iMessages

To selectively backup messages, you will need:

– An iPhone/iPad with its USB cable,

– A computer (PC/Mac),

AnyTrans.

Developed by iMobie team, AnyTrans has won much admiration as an iOS data transfer tool. It could help you selectively backup text messages/iMessages to a computer. You don’t really have to transfer all data to a computer in order to just backup messages. What’s more, AnyTrans can help you store selected messages as the viewable and printable format. Moreover, compared with iTunes, AnyTrans is much easier to operate. We heard from a lot of iPhone users complaining that data loss occurred due to the wrong operation on iTunes and it would be no longer the case if you use AnyTrans.

Let’s see how to use AnyTrans to backup text messages/iMessages to a computer.

iMobie is Apple certificated developer and AnyTrans is Norton and McAfee secured. You have our guarantee that AnyTrans does no harm to your device and issues like data loss or information leakage would never occur. Please feel free to use AnyTrans.

Step 1. Free download AnyTrans to your PC/Mac and then launch it. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Scroll down or click the button to your left as is shown below, click Messages.

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer - Step 2

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer – Step 2

Step 3. AnyTrans will show you all texts on your device, select the conversation you want to back up, click the To Computer tab. You can set the export format and path by clicking the Settings tab.

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer - Step 3

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer – Step 3

Method 2. How to Backup Messages via iTunes

As mentioned above, using iTunes to backup messages has many shortcomings, for example, messages backed up via iTunes can’t be viewed. Besides, the only way to backup messages via iTunes is creating a backup including all data on your device. That’s to say you have to back up all data. To selectively backup data, please refer to Method 1.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone iPad to the computer, launch iTunes if it doesn’t pop out automatically.

Step 2. Click the device tab and then go to Summary. Scroll down to Backup part, tap Back Up Now. Messages and other contents would be backed up to the computer.

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer via iTunes

How to Backup Text Messages/iMessages to Computer via iTunes

Message is such an important and personal data, so you may encrypt iPhone backup password by setting a password. If you encrypt it, keep the password in mind. If you forgot it, unfortunately, you can refer to this guide: How to Recover Encrypt iPhone Backup Password >

Part 3. How to Selectively Restore Text Messages/iMessages from iTunes Backup

When a message is mistakenly deleted, you can get them back by restoring a device. However, this may lead to the loss of the existing data for iTunes doesn’t allow you to restore Just messages. In this part, we will show you how to selectively restore text messages/iMessages from iTunes backup. The secret is PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery.

PhoneRescue is developed to retrieve deleted data for both Android and iOS users and PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery aims at recovering lost data for iOS users. After extracting messages from iTunes backup, you can recover these messages to your iDevices directly, or save messages to computer in the format of TXT or HTML.

Step 1. Click here to download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer or just click the following download button, install and run it on your computer. Click on “Recover from iTunes Backup” and Right Arrow button.

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How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup - Step 1

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 1

Step 2. Select one backup and download, click the Right Arrow button again. Tap Only Scan Backup if you only want to see the data in iTunes backup, click Compare if you want to find out the differences between data in iTunes backup and data in iDevice quickly.

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup - Step 2

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Check the box of Messages and uncheck other boxes, don’t forget to click OK.

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup - Step 3

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Step 4. PhoneRescue – iOS data recovery could show you messages in iTunes backup. Select the messages you want to recover. Click the To Computer or To iDevice tab to recover.

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup - Step 4

How to Restore Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 4

The Bottom Line

Now you know if iTunes would backup text messages/iMessages and how to extract them to computer or iPhone iPad. If you have any questions about this post, AnyTrans or PhoneRescue, please be free to leave comments below. By the way, if you find this post helpful, we’d appreciate it if you can share it with others.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.