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.
Developed by Apple, iTunes is 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.
Yes, iTunes does back up text messages/iMessages.
According to Apple, iTunes literally backs up all data on iPhone iPad which including photos, music, videos, ringtones, application data, and messages no matter text messages or iMessage, 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.
Even though iTunes can back up text messages/iMessages and it is not hard to back up messages via iTunes, you should know that you can’t only back up text messages/iMessages via iTunes. To back up 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 the computer.
As known for all, iTunes won’t support back up data selectively. You can only back up your iPhone iPad iPod wholly at one time. Usually, it takes lots of time to update the backup. Therefore, it’s quite necessary to back up your messages selectively. For this typical purpose, you need some help from backup tools. In this part, here listed 2 effective backup tools.
PhoneTrans provides 2 options to back up your iPhone. As the most powerful iTunes alternative, you can back up your iPhone selectively or wholly with PhoneTrans. Let’s check out how to back up messages from iPhone selectively using PhoneTrans.
Step 1. Download PhoneTrans and install it on your computer. Meanwhile, you have to connect your iPhone to the computer with a fine USB cable.
Step 2. Choose the Phone Backup on the left panel. Well, you will see there are 2 options. Click on the Selective Backup and tap on Start Backup to go on.
Step 3. Follow the instructions on the following screen, choose Messages, and tap on Back up Now to start message backing up.
All you need to do now is waiting for a while. Minutes later, once the backup completed, the message backup has made already.
As an iOS data transfer tool AnyTrans could help selectively back up text messages/iMessages to a computer. You don’t really have to transfer all data to a computer in order to just back up messages.
What’s more, AnyTrans can store selected messages in 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.
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. On the right side, choose the messages.
Step 3. AnyTrans will show you all texts on your device, select the conversation you want to back up, click the To Computer tab. Then you can back up your mesa
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 to create 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 the Backup part, tap Back Up Now. Messages and other content would be backed up to the computer.
Text messages are such 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 >
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 the computer in the format of TXT or HTML.
Besides using PhoneRecue to selectively recover messages from iTunes backup, there are more options available to achieve the iPhone message recovery. Jump to the guide to have a check.
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 Backup” and Right Arrow button.
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.
Step 3. Check the box of Messages and uncheck other boxes, don’t forget to click OK.
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.
Now you know if iTunes would backup text messages/iMessages and how to extract them to a computer or iPhone iPad. If you have any questions about this post, 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. Also, to back up messages selectively would be much easier with PhoneTrans and AnyTrans, why not give them a try?
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