One workable way to avoid iPhone iMessages loss due to wrong deletion, upgrade failure or restore error is to backup iMessages to PC or Mac computer. iTunes gives you chance to create a full backup containing iMessages for your iPhone to computer. But unfortunately, the content including iMessages in the iTunes backup is unreadable.
Here an excellent iTunes alternative – AnyTrans for iOS is strongly recommended, which enables you to only download iMessages to PC/Mac computer. And more importantly, you can view iMessage history before and after backing up iMessages to PC or Mac computer.
Highlights of AnyTrans for iOS
AnyTrans for iOS is a comprehensive iOS content management program, available to transfer various iOS files and data between iOS devices, between iDevices and computer, and manage your iTunes and iCloud backup in a safe and simple way.
- Allow you to only download iMessage history to PC or Mac as a single local backup, or you can print the iMessages on paper.
- Enable you to preview iMessage history on iPhone/iPad and select the desired iMessages to backup to PC or Mac computer.
- iMessages that you backup to computer are all readable, namely, you can view the iPhone iMessage history on computer.
- Permit you to set the export path and output formats (PDF/TEXT/HTML) for the iMessages that you want to download to computer.
Now to download iMessage history to PC, you need to firstly get AnyTrans for iOS installed on your Windows computer.
How to Download iMessage History to PC Computer
Step 1 Open AnyTrans for iOS on PC and plug in your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down to the category page to select and click on the Messages option.
Step 2 Click the Settings button. Select the output format for the iMessages you want to export to print, like HTML, TEXT or PDF, and click Select to set up output folder. Then click the Save button.
Step 3 Have a preview of the iMessages on your iPhone/iPad and select all or only what you want to download to PC. Click To Computer button to download your iMessage history to PC.
Step 4 Now you can view the iMessage history on PC that you just downloaded.
The Bottom Line
Except iMessages, AnyTrans for iOS also helps transfer text messages, music, photos, videos, contacts, notes and more between iOS devices, between devices and computer. Get AnyTrans for iOS to give it a shot. And if you have any doubt, write it down in the comments to let us know.