3 Ways to Export Text Messages from iPhone

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You receive messages from friends, colleagues and family members to the iPhone. Some of them are treasure troves that have to be stored and cherished. Although iPhone has internal and external memory capacity, they soon become inadequate. To export text messages from iPhone, you may have to export it to PC, tablet or other iPhone. It is the only option to free up the memory and take the backup of the Messages. iPhone SMS export is not a rocket science as it can be performed not only from the phone but also iCloud backup and iTunes.

Part 1: Selectively export text messages from iPhone to PC or Mac

Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore is designed for iPhone/iPad data backup, restore and export. It allows you to preview and selectively backup and export iPhone data to your Window or Mac. And this is much better than iCloud backup and iTunes backup.

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Selectively Export Text Messages from iPhone in 3 steps!

  • One click to backup the whole iOS device to your computer.
  • Selectively backup and restore any text messages you want.
  • Export iPhone text meessages you want from the backup to your computer.
  • Supported iPhone SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
  • Fully compatible with Windows 10 or Mac 10.11.

Steps to export messages from iPhone to PC or Mac

Before the installation of the program, make sure to download the latest copy of iTunes. Automatic syncing with Dr.Fone should be disabled. To accomplish the task, click on "Devices" linkunder the "Preferences" option. After that, tick the checkbox with information "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically".

Step 1: Install Dr.Fone on the computer and connect Apple device with the USB cable. The program will automatically detect the phone and display window.

Step 2: Click on "More Tool" option and then select "iOS Data Backup and Restore" in the list. It is an important part of the iPhone SMS export process.

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Step 3: Select the messages by clicking on "Message & Attachment". Afterward, you have to click on the "Backup" button:

how to backup and export text messages from iPhone

Step 4: Dr.Fone will start the backing up of the data.

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Step 5: After the process is completed, Dr.Fone will perform a scan over the files for few minutes. Users would view the messages on the phone which they should transfer by clicking on the "Export to PC" button. It will help to export messages from iPhone to the Windows or Mac based computers.

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Part 2: Export iPhone text messages from iTunes backup

If you have already backup your iPhone text on iTune or iCloud, there is no need to backup your iPhone SMS again and export them. You can use Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery to directly export iPhone messages from iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

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Export iPhone SMS from iTunes and iCloud backup in 5 minutes!

  • World's 1st data recovery software with highest recovery rate in the industry.
  • Preview and selectively export iPhone messages from iCloud backup and iTunes backup.
  • Supported iPhone SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
  • Fully compatible with Windows 10 or Mac 10.11.
Available on: Windows Mac App Store

How to export text messages from iPhone with iTunes backup

Step 1: Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" feature

Invoke Dr.Fone program and choose the option "Recover from iTunes Backup File". iTunes backup recovery tool scans all the files stored in the "Backup" folder of the computer. You can select the messages that have to be backed up.

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Step 2: Scan the file from iTunes backup folder

Choose the "iTunes Backup" file consisting of data that you wish to recover. Upon selection, you should invoke the "Start Scan" button. The program will recover all the data from the iTunes within a very short time. It is extremely useful in iPhone SMS export on a selective basis.

how to export iPhone text messages from iTunes backup

Step 3: Preview and recovery

After the data is backed up, it will be displayedindifferent categories. It is possible to check the files that you wish to recover. Click on the "Recover" button, to back up the data on the iOS phone especially if it is connected to the computer.

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Part 3: Export iPhone text messages from iCloud backup

It is true that majority of users prefer to export messages from iPhone to iCloud back up because of safety issues. In some cases, you may like to store all the messages on the secondary storage devices on the computer. Therefore, users need to transfer the content from the iCloudbackup.The wholeprocess is simple and easy because it can be performed with few clicks of the button. To carry out iPhone SMS export from the iCloud backup, you should use the following steps.

Step 1 Select recovery mode

Launch Dr.Fone program and select "Recover from iCloud Backup Files" option located at the top of the window. After that, enter the credentials of the iCloud account including name and password. Dr.Fone observes strict privacy policy regarding data and doesn’t store the account information of the users.

export iPhone messages from iCloud backup

Step 2 Copy the iCloud backup file

After logging, the program can scan through the entire list of iCloud backup files located in the account. You can select any file for storing the data.

export iPhone SMS from iCloud backup

Once the pop up is available on the screen, select the files for download. It will reduce the time to copy the iCloud backup file. Dr.Fone will scan the iCloud content once the user clicks on the scan button. It will take few minutes to complete the task.

export iPhone text messages from iCloud backup

Step 3: Preview and recovery of data from iCloud Backup

After the scan is accomplished, you can see a list of files in "iCloud Backup" folder. It consists of contacts, messages and photos. You can select desired items from the list and click on "Recover to Computer or Device" option to back up the data either on PC or Mac. Entire list of contents consisting of messages and contacts can be transferred to the iPhone or iPad, if they are connected to the computer. Do not remove the connection until the process is complete or else you might have to repeat everything.

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Dr.Fone program is a multi-faceted tool capable of restoring the data from the backup devices. Not a single file escapes its attention as messages; images can easily be exported from iPhone to your computer. In a nutshell, the software has made data management an absolute breeze.

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