You can lose important iMessages on your iPhone for variety of reasons including accidental deletion, iOS update to 10.3, jailbreaking the device or a damaged iPhone. This is why it is important to regularly back up the messages to ensure the safety of the data. You can choose to back up your iMessages via iCloud or iTunes and this article show you how to do that and introduces you to a third, less common but highly effective solution.
1 Backup iMessage to Computer Selectively via 3rd-Party Tool
iMyFone D-Back iPhone data extractor Win or iMyFone D-Back for Mac iPhone data extractor offers you a simple, yet effective way to extract iMessages from your iPhone and selectively backup these messages to your computer. The following are some of its features.
- Supports to extract and back up 22+ file types of iOS content such as messages, contacts, videos, photos, voice memos, notes and more.
- Supports to extract data directly from iOS device, from iTunes backup and iCloud backup files.
- A detailed preview function that allows you to ensure you are backing up only the data you need.
- Supports also for recovery of the lost/deleted iMessages, WhatsApp/WeChat/Kik messages, videos, photos and more.
- It is fully compatible with all iOS versions including the latest iOS 10.3.
Steps to Back up iMessages from iOS Device:
Step 1. Download iMyfone D-Back from iMyFone and launch it, 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.
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 via iCloud and Extract iMessages from iCloud
iCloud offers an easy and convenient way to back up your iMessages. You can restore the backup at any time. Here’s how to do it.
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
If you don’t want to restore an iCloud backup, you can use iMyfone D-Back to extract only the iMessages you need from iCloud. Here’s how to do it.
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 Messages
Another great way to backup you iMessages is via iTunes. It is easy to use, all you have to do is connect the iPhone to the computer, launch iTunes and sync the two together. Here’s how to back up your messages in iTunes.
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
You can also extract iMessages from an iTunes backup file in much the same way as you would in iCloud. Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to do it.
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.