How to Restore Only SMS on iPhone?

One problem with the regular iTunes/iCloud backup function is that it has no utility or option for the backup of some data that many users really want to keep. To be specific, the SMS messages and other message data in backups for old iPhone cannot be copied, transferred or restored. Why does the iTunes/iCloud backup function not have an option for this type of backup so that your messages can be present on your new device?

It seems that no matter how you back up and restore your data, there is just no way to transfer the messages. Restore of SMS messages appears to be impossible through an iTunes backup and restore or an iCloud backup and restore. For many users this has just meant that they lose their messages during a switch. But this article will resolve that issue!

The tool You Will Need - iMyFone D-Port Pro

Now you CAN restore your SMS messages using the iMyFone D-Port Pro program. It is a super flexible software package that can be used to back up and restore not just iPhone, but also iPad, and iPod touch. It allows for selective restoration of an iTunes, iCloud or iMyFone backup in case you only need a partial backup or restore. See what the program can do for you:

iMyFone D-Port Pro iPhone Backup and Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • Best of all, you can back up and restore messages as well as audio, pictures and videos in message conversations.
  • It can restore the SMS messages through the iTunes and iCloud backups, even though the backups are made for iPhone X and 8.
  • It can restore only WeChat or WhatsApp also, and it will support more in the future updates.

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Restore Only SMS Messages on iPhone from iTunes

You will need the iMyFone D-Port Pro tool.  You can use a previous a backup from iTunes and selectively switch data from the old device to the new device.  To do this, please follow the steps.

Step 1.Choose an iTunes Backup

After run the iPhone backup and restore tool and click "Restore Backup to Device", you will see all the iTunes backups on your computer. Choose one according to the size and time and click "Next".

choose one iTunes backup

Step 2.Choose "Restore Partial Backup"

After run the iPhone backup and restore tool and click "Restore Backup to Device", you will see all the iTunes backups on your computer. Choose one according to the size and time and click "Next".

choose restore partial backup

Step 3.Select the Data Type You Need to Restore

When you get to the data types, you can choose only "Message" as a data type to restore nothing but your messages at any time. Then click "Next".

select data types you need to restore

Step 4.Finish the Final Restore

Let the software to scan the messages in backup so that you can preview them before restore and follow the prompts to restore the messages you want.

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Restore Only SMS Messages on iPhone from iCloud

You will again need the iMyFone D-Port Pro tool. You can use a previous a backup from iCloud. If the iCloud backup you want to restore is not in the backup list, you can download it from your iCloud account. Follow the steps as below:

Step 1.Lon in iCloud Account and Choose an iCloud Backup

Log into your iCloud account by clicking the "Download iCloud Backup" under the backup list and choose the backup you want to restore messages from.

log in iCloud account

Step 2.Download iCloud Backup

Click "Next" to choose the data type(s).  Choose the "Message" data type. Click Next to download the iCloud backup and then scan the data in the backup.

Step 3.Preview and Restore Messages You Need

You can preview the messages in the iCloud backup to confirm whether you want to restore them to your iPhone. Click "Restore" and let D-Port Pro to do the final restoration.

preview messages in iCloud backup

Backup & Restore SMS Only without Affecting Other Data

With iMyFone D-Port Pro you can back up SMS on iPhone only and then restore the backup anytime you need it. To do this, choose Back Up & Export from Device in the left panel and then click Back Up Messages. Don’t disconnect your device during the process. When it ends, you will be notified that your messages have been backed up successfully.

back up only SMS on iPhone

When you need to restore the separate Message backup, you can go to the tab of "Restore Backup to Device" and then restore the backup with similar steps like the above parts we discussed.

By using the iMyFone D-Port Pro software you have solved a problem that has plagued iPhone users who have tried copying messages by every possible means. It seems like something that would be an obvious part of the process when switching between devices, but only iMyFone D-Port Pro makes it intuitive and easy to really do so. Try the Free Trial version now and enjoy the benefits it offers!

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