How to Extract Text Messages from iPhone

Backups are undeniably great ways to get some insurance in case of accidental data loss, in the event that you lose your phone or when you just want to reset your phone. You would surely not fancy a scenario whereby you lose those coveted messages with no backup! That would be very tragic, right? Thankfully, you do not have to lose sleep anymore as there is an insurance policy around this. If you are an iPhone user then you should be familiar with some cool ways to back up your messages and data thanks to Apple’s services. Talk of being able to choose between using iTunes or iCloud backup depending on your preferences. So, you have backed up the messages on an iOS device, iTunes or iCloud but how do you extract them back? This article takes you through one very simple yet perfect way in extracting text messages from iPhone.

Preparations to Extract Messages from iPhone/iPhone Backups

Well, you will need a computer running Windows or Mac OS and a powerful backup extractor able to scan your iTunes/iCloud backup. One of the tools that have been tested and proven in the realm of quality in iOS device, iCloud or iTunes backup extraction is iMyFone D-Port iPhone data extractor. The main reason for picking this tool over other contenders in the rest of the pack is in its array of enticing features:

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Key Features:

  • It supports to extract not only messages but other 20+ file types, such as photos, videos, notes, WhatsApp and more.
  • It supports to extract data from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/iTunes backup/iCloud backup.
  • It is compatible with the latest iOS device and iOS 11.

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Let’s now move on to the core part of extracting your messages via iMyFone D-Port.

How to Extract Text Messages from iPhone/iPhone Backup

Select the extraction mode depending on you want to extract your messages from iOS Device, iCloud backup or iTunes backup. You will need to connect iPhone if you wish to export from iOS device. Here we take "Extract from iTunes Backup" as an example.

Step 1: Choose an iTunes Backup

From the "Extract Data from Backup" tab choose an iTunes backup which includes the text messages you want to extract and click on Next at the bottom right of the window.

Extract from iTunes Backup

Step 2: Choose Messages to Extract

Choose Message as the file you want to extract. And you can also choose all the data types.

select file types

Step 3: Preview and Extract Messages

The scan process will take some time and on completion, you should see all the files in the backup. Your files will be categorized into sections. The first section titled Messages & Call Log contains all the messages in the backup file. Just click on the messages you need and finish by hitting the Extract button at the bottom right of the window (Uncheck the files you do not need). You will be prompted to choose the path to store the extracted messages.

preview and extract messages

Thumbs up, you have crossed the finishing line! Just keep in mind that the technique flows smoothly with unencrypted backup files. You need to enter the password before scanning if you have encrypted the iTunes backup files.

And now, you can just try the trial version of iMyFone D-Port iPhone data extractor to preview your text messages in iPhone or iTunes/iCloud backup!

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