How to Restore Only Messages from iTunes Backup

If we talk about the essential content on our iPhone, messages would take place in the top list. You can lose the messages on your iPhone for a variety of reasons. The most common one could be accidental deletion, and other reasons might be out of your control such as software bug or iOS 11.3.1 upgrade that didn't go quit smoothly. Because data loss can happen so easily, iTunes and iCloud backups are essential to the safety of your data.

A lot of people know about making backup using iTunes but get stuck when they it comes to restore the backup. If you have an iTunes backup of the missing messages, you can just restore it and you'll get your messages back on your device.

There is just one problem with restoring an iTunes backup, which is that you have to erase all the contents and settings on the device while restoring the backup. Since the biggest drawback of iTunes is that it doesn't allow selective restoring function so people find it annoying when they wish to restore merely their messages. This can be a real problem especially if you have data on your device that you were yet to include in an iTunes backup.

This article will introduce 2 methods to help you out from the dilemma without hassle. Through the methods, you will become capable of restoring only messages from iTunes backup or just extract messages from iTunes backup.

1. Restore Only Messages from iTunes Backup to iPhone

In order to accomplish this purpose, you need a better, trustworthy and professional tool and iMyFone D-Port Pro is the perfect solution for this purpose. It is a backup and restore tool that aims to help you making backup and restoring backup to your iPhone fully as well as partially. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, this tool has many other features that make it the best iTunes alternative.

iMyFone D-Port Pro iPhone Backup & Restore Tool (iOS 11.3.1 Supported)

Key Features:

  • Makes a full backup, or separately backs up WeChat, WhatsApp or Messages and more will be supported in the next version.
  • View and extract 20+ types data from the iTunes or iCloud backup without restoring iPhone. Check details here.
  • Selectively restore WeChat, WhatsApp or Messages (next version will support more data types) from your iTunes/iCloud backup without affecting the other data on your device.

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How to Restore Only Messages from iTunes Backup via D-Port Pro

To restore only messages from iTunes backup, you need to go along with the step-by-step guide given below. Let's get started.

Step 1 – First of all, go to the official website of iMyFone D-Port Pro and download it from there. Install and launch it afterwards. On launching, click on 'Restore backup to Device' option from the left panel.

Step 2 – When you click on the option, a list of all the backup files will appear in front of you. Choose one desired iTunes backup file from the list and proceed to click on 'Next'.

choose to restore a backup

Step 3 – You will now get two options i.e. 'Restore Full backup' and 'Restore Partial Backup'. it is understood that the latter option will help you restoring only messages from iTunes backup. So click on it followed by 'Next'.

click restore a partial backup

Step 4 – When you click 'Next', you will get the file types on the next screen. The software currently supports only 3 file types for partial restoring. In the near future, it will be able to support more files with its new version. Click on 'Messages' from the list and hit 'Next' to let them scanned by the program.

choose the data type you want to restore

Step 5 – Once the program completed scanning, you could preview them and hit on 'Restore' to complete the process. Wait for a moment, your iPhone will restart and you will be able to view the messages restored from iTunes backup.

preview data in backup

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2. Extract Only Messages from an iTunes Backup

If you don't want to restore the messages to your device, you can also use iMyFone D-Port Pro to extract the messages from your iTunes backup to your computer. The program also supports the other 18 types of data, such as contacts, photos, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Line, notes, Safari history and so on. Now we will tell you how to export only messages from an iTunes backup using iMyFone D-Port Pro.

How to Extract Only Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1 – Begin by downloading and installing the program to your computer. Run iMyFone D-Port Pro on your computer and click on 'Export Data from Backup' from the left panel. From the list of backups that will now appear, choose the iTunes backup file that contains your messages. Hit on 'Next' subsequently.

extract data from iTunes backup

Step 2 – You can now see the file types on your screen. Select 'Message' from the list and click on 'Next' to begin scanning.

select data in iTunes backup

When the scanning process is complete, select the messages from the results displayed and click "Extract". Then you will be asked to choose a location on your computer to store the messages. After you do that, it will just take a few seconds to export the messages.

preview messages

As you can see the process is simple enough and more importantly, there will be no data loss. You simply scan for the messages you need and click "Extract" to get them back using iMyFone D-Port Pro (compatible with iOS 11.3.1).

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