3 Methods to Backup iPhone Text Messages

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Text a lot and now your SMS mailbox is full? To receive new text messages, you have to delete old ones. However, these text messages may record happiness and tears about your life. Once you delete these text messages, you will lose them forever.

In this case, it's a necessity to backup text messages from iPhone to computer or cloud first. Then you can delete all of them as you like. It's frustrating. And also, when you are going to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 10, Then you are also supposed to backup your iPhone text before upgrading to iOS 10. In this article, we are going to share 3 methods on how to backup messages on iphone. Now, read on every method, and choose an ideal one to do iPhone message backup.

Method 1. Selectively Backup iPhone text messages to PC or Mac

You might like to backup iPhone text messages/MMS/iMessages as a printable file, so you can easily read it and use it as a proof for something. Here is a right iPhone message backup tool named Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore. This tool empowers you to preview and selectively backup all text messages, MMS, iMessages with attachements to your computer in 1 click. You can also export these iPhone backup messages to your PC or Mac.

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  • One click to backup the whole iOS device to your computer.
  • Selectively backup and restore any data you want.
  • Allow to preview and restore any item from the backup to a device.
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  • Supported iPhone SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
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Steps to backup, restore and export iPhone text messages by Dr.Fone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a computer via a USB cable. Launch Dr.Fone on your Windows PC or Mac. Choose the mode file "More Tools" then select "iOS Data Backup & Restore". After that, you will have the primary window.

iPhone SMS backup

Step 2. Select the type of data "Messages & Attachments" to backup, then click button "Backup". Well, you can also select to backup iPhone notes, contacts, photos, Facebook messages and many other data.

iPhone messages backup

Step 3. After Dr.Fone has backup completed,just choose the checkbox "Messages" and "Messages Attachments",then click the button "Export to PC" to back the messages and it's attachments to your computer.

Note: You can also click the "Printer" log on the top right of the window to print your iPhone text messages.

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Pros and Cons: You can preview and selectively backup your iPhone messages in just 3 steps. It is flexible, fast and easy to handle. The program also allows you to directly print your iPhone text messages after the iPhone messages backup. But you should download it on your computer to get through all of you iPhone SMS backup problems.

Method 2. Backup SMS/MMS/iMessages from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

As you know, iTunes can backup almost all files on your iPhone, including SMS, MMS and iMessages. If you're looking for a free tool to do iPhone SMS, iMessage and MMS backup, iTunes comes to you. However, you have to know that iTunes doesn't allow you selectively backup iPhone SMS, iMesages, MMS. Worse still, iTunes backup file is unreadable. You can't read it or print it out. Any way, to backup iPhone iMessages, MMS, and SMS, please follow the tutorial.

How to backup messages on iPhone with iTunes

  • Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
  • Step 2. After detected, your iPhone shows up in the left sidebar of iTunes.
  • Step 3. Under DEVICES, click your iPhone. Then, your iPhone control panel will be shown on the right.
  • Step 4. Click Summary and scroll down the window until find the backups section. Tick This computer and click Back Up Now.
  • Step 5. iTunes start to backup your iPhone data, including iPhone MMS, SMS, iMessages. It takes you some time. Wait until it comes to the end. Find your iphone backup location here >>

iPhone SMS backup

Pros and Cons: This method is free and easy. But you can only backup the whole device in a time, no perview and no selectivity during the iPhone text message backup process. Usually, the whole device has mass data, it need much time to finish the whole backup process. So it is inefficient since most users may only want to backup part of the data. While Dr.Fone can backup your iPhone messages selectively and efficiently.

Method 3. Backup iPhone Text Messages/iMessages/MMS to iCloud

Many people are comfuseded whether iCloud can backup SMS on iPhone. Of course, it can. Apart from SMS, it also backs up iPhone iMessages and MMS. Below is the full guidance. Follow me.

How to backup messages on iPhone with iCloud

Step 1. Tap Settings on your iPhone. On Setting screen, scroll down to find iCloud and tap it.

Step 2. Enter your iCloud accounts. Be sure that your WiFi network is turned on.

Step 3. On iCloud screen, you will see many icons, like Contacts, Notes. Turn on them if you also want to backup them. Then, tap Merge.

Step 4. Find Storage & Backup option and tap it.

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Step 5. Turn on iCloud Backup and tap Back Up Now.

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Step 6. Wait until the backup process is complete

Pros and Cons: Backing up iPhone text messages with iCloud could be convenient since you don't need to download an extra software on your computer. You can finish all the process on your phone. But, you only have 5 GB free storage on your iCloud, it will be full some day if you don't buy more iCloud storage. And you can't access and view to your iCloud backup messages. iCloud will backup all of your iPhone SMS in a time, you are also not allowed to backup some particular iPhone messages.

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