Backup iPhone Data to PC/Mac
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2. Backup iPhone Music to Computer
3. Backup iPhone SMS to PC
4. Backup iPhone Photos to Mac

How to Back Up iPhone Text Messages and iMessages to Computer

iPhone messages are taking over from calls and e-email. It is one of the most important forms of communication now; you can use it to communicate with friends, loved ones, coworkers and family. A friend may send you funny messages or joke and you want to back up the messages to store your memory for future recall. If you get a new iPhone, and you may want to find a way to back up all your text messages from your old iPhone to your computer in case. Then you will ask if there are ways to back up iPhone SMS to PC for a forever preservation. Exactly, there are three ways for you to make iPhone SMS backup.

Back Up SMS

Keep reading to back up iPhone messages with the following guide.

Method one: Back up text messages from iPhone with iCloud

As new fresh hands, you may ask, "Does iPhone back up text messages?". The answer is no. iPhone does not have the power to back up your iPhone text messages, but its built-in iCloud, enables you to back up and restore your iPhone data, and certainly including your iPhone SMS. The steps of making SMS backup to iCloud are as following:

iCloud Backup SMS

Step 1 Tab "Settings" on your iPhone to find "iCloud".

Step 2 Log in your iCloud account with your Apple ID (Apple ID forgot or lost? Change an Apple ID).

Step 3 Scoll down to find "Storage & Backup" > Slide "iCloud Backup" to "ON" to do messages backup from iPhone to iCloud.

No matter what computer you use, you could find find your SMS backup by sighing in your iCloud account. But you may find one problem that, you did back up SMS from your iPhone 4S or iPhone 6s, but you could not find messages on iCloud desktop or web version. What is wrong? That is what Apple does. You are allowed to make SMS backup and restore for iPhone, but you cannot view the details about the messages backup on your computer. But do not be disappointed, you still can download iCloud to PC and view text messages on iCloud in other ways by searching the Internet.

Method two: Make SMS backup for iPhone with iTunes

Backup SMS with iTunes

Except for iCloud, iTunes is another app offered by Apple to back up text messages on iPhone. What you need is your iPhone, an USB cable, and to download the latest iTunes desktop on your computer.

Step 1 Plug your iPhone to PC with USB cable.

Step 2 Run iTunes on your PC, and wait seconds for iTunes to detect your iPhone automatically. You will find a small iPhone icon below the menu bar, and click your iPhone icon.

Step 3 On the right interface, you will find backup option from "Backups" - "iCloud" and "This computer" with or without "Encrypt iPhone backup". Here you can choose "This Computer" > Click "Back Up Now" to make SMS backup to PC with iTunes.

In this way, iTunes does not back up your text messages, but also your other data, like videos, photos, music, etc., to this computer. The backup file are saved in a library file on your computer. If you use iTunes, you are allowed to play music backed up in the library file in iTunes, but you can not open it to view iPhone SMS from iTunes backup.

iTunes is a wonderful tool but not an almighty one because you can not choose what you want to back up but back up all your data in one time. It is designed to manage nearly all iPhone data.

Method three: Back up iPhone SMS file with iPhone text messages apps

Without iTunes or iCloud, if there are ways to back up text messages or Whatsapp messages on PC? The answer is yes. Here two apps are available to you to back up iPhone messages.

Back up text messages on iPhone with iPhone transfer tool

If you want to backup selectively, FoneTrans is what you should try. It is a powerful iPhone to computer transfer tool which is able to back up iPhone messages without running iTunes/iCloud. Follow the steps below to make iPhone SMS backup to PC.

Step 1 Install this text messages backup app, and launch it on your PC.

iOS Transfer

Step 2 Connect your iPhone to to PC with USB cable, and this tool will detect it quickly.

File Types

Step 3 Click "Messages" > Choose messages > "Export to" > "Export to PC".


In this way, you could easily make iPhone SMS backup on Computer.

Make iPhone SMS backup with iPhone SMS Extractor

Before you make SMS message backup for iPhone, you delete your iPhone text messages accidentally, how do you do to recover and back up the messages to your PC? iPhone SMS Extractor is the exact tool to recover text messages from iPhone directly without iTunes or iCloud backup. Free to download this program here.

Step 1 Launch iPhone SMS Exactor

Install and launch this program on your computer.


Step 2 Scan iPhone data

Connect your iPhone to PC with USB cable, and click "Recover from iOS Device" > "Start Scan" to scan your iPhone data.

Scan Data

Step 3 Recover and backup

After scanning, click "Messages" to preview the SMS details. Choose what you want to recover, and click "Recover" to download the text messages to PC for backup.

Recover iPhone Messages

This way of recovering deleted SMS on iPhone enables you to back up the existing text messages on iPhone and the deleted SMS on iPhone. Moreover, it is powerful enough to recover your message attachments on your computer for backup.

You can learn the steps from the video below:

Recover Deleted iPhone Data play-button

For making it clear for you, we show a table below for comparing the above ways. You can choose the best way for you to back up iPhone text messages to PC as you like.

How to Back Up iPhone SMS to PC
Methods Price Advantages Disadvantages
Back up SMS with iCloud Free 1. Back up data easily 1. Only back up, no way to view SMS backup.
2. Need Wi-Fi to make iCloud backup.
Back up SMS with iTunes Free 1. Back up almost all data easily 1. Back all data, no selective SMS backup.
2. No way to view or access SMS backup on PC.
Back up SMS with FoneTrans $29.97 lifetime 1. Back up selective SMS backup.
2. Back up SMS to PC, iTunes and other iOS devices variously.
1. Need to pay fees, not free.
Back up SMS with FoneLab $47.97 lifetime 1. Selectively back up SMS on iPhone.
2. Back up deleted SMS on iPhone to PC.
1. Need to pay fees, not free.

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December 17, 2020 12:23 / Updated by to Back up iOS Data

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