How to Backup Text Messages to iCloud

“Recently, I update my iPad to the latest version of iOS. But when I tried to create a backup in iCloud, I ran into a problem, an error, saying “there was a problem enabling iCloud backup on iPad.” I want to back up some of the text messages on my iPad and since it won’t work on iCloud, I don’t know what else to do. Does anyone have a solution I can try?”

Backing up your device using iCloud can be easy, until you run into a problem like the one the user above describes. It is quite common actually and while there might be a few solutions you can try to fix it; the following article will focus on helping the user above and all of you back up the text messages on your device to iCloud.

1. What Data is Included in Your iCloud Backup?

Before we get to how you can back up the text messages on your device to iCloud, it might be a good idea to know what kind of data your backup will include every time you create a backup in iCloud. The following are the types of data included in an iCloud backup.

  • Call history
  • App data
  • Device settings
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text messages and MMS messages
  • Photos and videos
  • Your purchase history from Apple services including music, movies, apps, TV shows and books
  • Ringtones
  • Visual voicemail password

2. How to Backup Text Messages to iCloud Manually and Automatically

Now that you know an iCloud backup will contain text messages, simply creating a backup on your device will back up all the text messages on your device to iCloud. Here’s how to manually backup text messages to iCloud.

Step 1: Connect the device to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Your Name and then tap “iCloud.” If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings and scroll down to find “iCloud.”

Step 3: Tap “iCloud Backup” or “Backup” if you are on an earlier version of iOS. Ensure “iCloud Backup” is turned on.

Step 4: Now just tap “Back Up Now” and keep the device connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

How to Backup Text Messages to iCloud Manually

To schedule an automatic iCloud backup, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup or Settings > iCloud > Backup for earlier versions of iOS to ensure “iCloud Backup” is turned in.

Step 2: Connect the device to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.

Step 3: Make sure that the device’s screen is locked and that you have adequate storage space in iCloud. The backup process should begin automatically.

schedule an automatic iCloud backup

3. How to Back Up and Restore only Text Messages on iPhone

You can only restore the entire iCloud backup to your device and it is unable to back up only the messages on your iPhone. Here we have a better choice for you to back up only messages on your iPhone or restore just the messages from iCloud/iTunes to your device. This tool is iMyFone D-Port Pro, a backup and restore tool that bridges the gap between you and the data in your backup files.

iPhone Backup & Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • you can easily backup all the data on your device to your computer or even create a backup of just some of your data such as SMS, WeChat, WhatsApp.
  • You can even restore all the data on the backup or just some of the data such as SMS, WeChat, WhatsApp from iMyFone/iTunes/iCloud backup without reset.
  • You can also use it to export different types of data from your device/iTunes backup/iCloud backup.

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How to Back Up Only Text Messages on iPhone

Step 1. Download and install the program on your computer. Launch it and choose the Back Up & Export from Device tab from the left panel. Then choose the Back Up Messages option.

back up messages on iOS device

Step 2. Then click Back Up to proceed the process. The program will start to back up only the messages on your iPhone.

backing up messages

Step 3. Once the backup is completed, you can choose to extract data from the backup to computer, or restore your device from the messages backup later. Other data on your device won't be overwritten.

succesfully back up messages

How to Restore Only Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone

If you want to restore your text messages from an iCloud backup file to your iPhone, just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch the program and from the main window, choose “Restore Backup to Device.” Click on “Download iCloud Backup” at the bottom of the page. Don't forget to connect your iPhone to the computer.

choose “Restore Backup to Device.”

Step 2: Log in to your iCloud account and select the backup you need. Click “Next” to continue.

Log in to your iCloud account

Step 3: In the next window, select “Messages” as the type of data you would like to restore and click “Next” to allow the program to begin scanning the backup for the messages.

select Messages

Step 4: Preview and select the messages you would like to restore to the device and click “Restore.” The program will begin restoring the data that will become available on your device once the process is complete.

Preview and select the messages

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