How to Recover SMS from iTunes – 2 Ways Listed

Almost every iPhone user will tell you that texting is second only to phone calls as the primary mode of communication on their devices. Not only is it easy and fast but you can also attach other types of files including Voice Memos, pictures and videos on a text message. Because of this, losing an important message can be a nightmarish situation for anyone. It means that you potentially lose not just the message itself but other types of media attached to the message.

But that why we are all encouraged to back up the device to either iTunes or iCloud. But even with said backup, getting the SMS back can be a hassle. Do you restore the device and potentially lose new data on the device or do you just want SMS and its attachments? No worry, we will show you 2 ways to recover SMS from iTunes backup in the following text.

1 Recover SMS from iTunes Using iTunes Data Recovery Tool

If you have an iTunes backup that contains the SMS messages you’ve lost, your first thought when you want to get them back would be to restore the backup. But what if you don’t want to wait that long or you have new data on your device you don’t want to lose? This is a dilemma that confounds many until they discover the existence of iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac, an iTunes data recovery tool that bypasses both those problems.

This data recovery tool will make it easy to gain access to the iTunes backup file and retrieve the missing messages in a few simple steps. Unlike an iTunes restore, the process of recovering your SMS messages using iMyFone D-Back is also quite fast. Following are some of the program’s main features and how they can help.

  • It can be used to recover not just messages, but 22 other different types of data from your iTunes backup file, such as WhatsApp, Viber messages, notes, photos, videos, contacts and more.
  • It supports also recovering lost SMS directly from the iOS device and downloading SMS from iCloud backup.
  • It is compatible with most versions of the iOS and iOS devices. It is also available for you if you use Windows or Mac.
  • The entire process is very simple. Three steps are all you need to get back your messages.

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How to Recover SMS from iTunes Using D-Back

As promised, here is a simple guide to help you use iMyFone D-Back to recover SMS from an iTunes Backup. Start by installing the program to your computer. You can download the Windows or Mac trial version. Once the installation process is complete, launch the program and then follow these very simple steps to recover your SMS.

Step 1: From the main window, select “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click “Start.” You should see different types of data displayed on the next window. Select “Message” and click “Next.”

Select “Message”

Step 2: D-Back will display all the available iTunes backup files on that computer. Select the most relevant one and click “Scan”

Select the most relevant iTunes backup

Step 3: D-Back will scan the selected backup file for SMS (the specified data type). The whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. When it’s done, you will see a list of all SMS messages found in that backup. Click on an item to preview and then select the messages you want to recover. Finally, click on “Recover” and a popup window will appear requesting that you specify a destination folder.

preview the deleted SMS

Download the trial version of iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac iPhone data recovery tool to preview all the available SMS from iTunes backup.

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2 Restore iPhone from an iTunes Backup

Alternatively, you still could restore the iPhone from an iTunes backup and while you can still get your SMS messages back this way, the method is flawed for the following reasons.


  • Restoring your device essentially erases the device’s contents and settings and could therefore lead to the loss of new data on the device.
  • The process takes a very long time, time that you will not be using your device.

Here’s how to restore your iPhone from an iTunes backup.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and connect the device using USB cables. You may see a message requesting your device passcode or to “Trust this Computer.” If you, follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Once the device is connected and appears in iTunes, select it and then click “Restore Backup.”

restore your iPhone from an iTunes backup

Step 3: Select the most relevant backup by date and size and click “Restore.” When requested, enter a password for encrypted backups and wait for the process to be completed. Keep the device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer.

Select the most relevant backup

Now you can easily recover deleted SMS messages from iTunes. It is clear that D-Back remains the best solution especially because all other data on your device will remain intact after the recovery process.