It may happen overtime you lose an important iMessages on your iPhone due to several accidental reasons; like mistakenly deleted, iOS update, jailbreak, iPhone damaged, etc. However it’s necessary to timely back up your iPhone iMessages. The most common method might come firstly to your mind to be used as iTunes Backup or iCloud Backup.
You can backup iMessages on iPhone via iTunes or iCloud therefore, you should know neither that iTunes nor iCloud allows you to view the text messages on back up. You’re unable to access iMessages unless you restore iPhone from back up. So it is recommendable in using an iTunes alternative backup iMessages tool to computer in a readable format as: pdf, txt, or html. So we will introduce 3 ways to help you backup iMessages on your iPhone in the following text.
1 Backup iMessage to Computer Selectively via 3rd-Party Tool
iMessage is wonderful application to send or receive messages freely and flexibly which includes; text pics, video, contacts, etc. It’s possible to separately & selectively move or breakup iMessages from iPhone 7 (Plus)/6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4 to your PC without using iTunes.
Tool You'll Need - iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Extractor (iOS 10 Supported)
iMyfone D-Back iPhone data extractor Win or iPhone data extractor Mac can do this job for you. It allows you to extract your existing data on your iPhone or iPhone backup selectively. Check the main features of iMyfone D-Back.
- Supports to extract and back up 22+ file types from iPhone to computer such as messages, contacts, videos, photos, voice memos, notes and more.
- Supports to extract 22+ file types from iTunes backup and iCloud backup to computer selectively.
- A detailed Preview function of freely you from seeking the needed files in numerous extractable data.
- Supports also to recover the lost/deleted iMessages, WhatsApp/WeChat/Kik messages, videos, photos and more from iPhone.
- Supports multiple iOS device such as iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 5s and the new iOS 10 system.
Steps to Back up iMessages from iOS Device:
Step 1. Download and Launch iMyfone D-Back, choose "Recover from iOS Device".
Step 2. Select file type "Messages" to backup your message's data and click "Next”. Then connect your iPhone to computer. iMyfone D-Back will detect your iPhone and scan the messages on your iPhone. Kindly Wait some minutes.
Step 3. When the scanning is complete, you will be able to preview all the messages on your iPhone. Select the iMessages which you want to back up on your computer, and then click "Recover".
2 Backup iMessages with iCloud and Extract iCloud iMessages
To backup your iMessage via cloud you only require to create an account and sign in online at iCloud storage service providing by Apple. It’s very most convenience to backup iMessage at phone click of anywhere, anytime. Yet, it comes with a free memory space of 5GB friendly user interface and become one of the cost-effective ways of backing up Messages without much stress and easiness.
2.1 How to backup messages in iCloud
The following steps should be followed in order to effectively back up messages in iCloud:
Step 1: Tap on the settings icon on your iPhones home screen.
Step 2: Scroll down until you locate iCloud Hit the iCloud menu.
Step 3: Click on 'storage and backup', Turn on iCloud back up.
Step 4: Click on back up now as shown in the illustration below.
2.2 How to extract iMessages from iCloud
iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery supports also to extract iMessages from iCloud backup. Check the following instructions:
Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup".
Step 2: Choose the file types. Simply select "Message" in the interface.
Step 3: You may need to enter the iCloud account info to access the iMessages in iCloud.
Step 4: Choose the most relevant iCloud backup file and wait for the scanning process.
Step 5: After the scanning you may be able to preview and select the iMessages in D-Back interface. Then click "Recover" to extract iMessages from iCloud.
3 Backup iMessages with iTunes and Extract iTunes iMessages
iTunes is a media software developed by Apple and designed to perform multiple media functions also associated with an audio and video content further to include all of messages stores. iTunes can be synchronized with your PC as similar as iCloud to backup messages easily and quickly as in the second.
3.1 How to backup messages in iTunes
To backup messages through iTunes, the following steps should be followed:
Step 1: Using one of the available ports of the computer connect the USB to the phone.
Step 2: Once it's connected, select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
Step 3: Click on 'Back Up Now' under Manually Back Up and Restore.
Check more details: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
3.2 How to extract iMessages from iTunes
Besides to extract iMessages from iCloud, iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery supports also to extract iMessages from iTunes.
Step 1: Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup".
Step 2: Choose iMessages as the desired file type.
Step 3: iMyfone D-Back will detect the available iTunes backup file. Choose the most relevant iTunes backup file and start the scanning process.
Step 4: Once the scanning is complete, you could preview all the iMessages in iTunes backup. Select the iMessages you want and extract them to computer by clicking "Recover" button.