How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer?

The iPhone data backup & restore has been added to the iOS toolkit. With this built-in tool, you can now easily backup or export any selected files and documents from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to a PC or Mac. In this guide, we will use the iPhone data backup for Windows to illustrate how iPhone users can transfer text messages, iMessages and the attached files from iPhone to PC. It works almost the same with the iPhone data backup for Mac. The procedure is the same, but differ in appearances.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer?

You can get the free trial version on to your computer first before we use it to extract messages from iPhone to computer. Run the iOS toolkit software on your PC, you will see its modular style of the home interface.

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Find and click “Backup & restore“, you will get the main screen of this iOS data backup tool like below.

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Click Backup button. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB data cord, the backup tool will automatically detect your phone and you will be prompted to select the file type(s) that you wish to backup.

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In this guide, we are going to backup iPhone messages, so click to check the Messages & Attachments, and click the Backup button at the lower section of this iPhone backup software. It will then export all your existing text messages, iMessages and those sent and received files in the Messages app from iPhone to your connected PC or Mac.

Export iPhone messages to computer VS Print iPhone messages

When you have backed up text messages from iPhone to computer, you can open and view them from Backup & Restore >> View Backup History. You can select any messages, iMessages or attachments from iPhone backup file. To transfer iPhone messages to computer, click the Export to PC button at the bottom right corner, then a pop-up dialogue shows on your computer screen where you can choose a different folder or path to save the iPhone messages or simply leave it to the default folder, click Export, the selected iPhone messages will be saved to your computer instantly.

Your iPhone messages will be exported and store on computer in two copies, a CSV copy and an HTML copy. You can open, read and edit the iPhone messages saved in CSV file using a workbook or spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel. If like, you can also export the CSV as PDF using MS Excel. You can open and view the iPhone messages saved as HTML file using any web browser on your computer, like IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.

At the backup preview window, you can select the messages and click the Print icon at the top righgt section to print out iPhone messages using a connected printer. You can also choose to export the messages from iPhone to computer as HTML files, then edit, preview and print them out.

Can I restore iPhone messages without backups?

We recommend iPhone users back up their content and data from phone to computer regularly, so in case of data loss, you can always restore them from previous backups. The above iOS data backup & restore tool, iTunes or many other iPhone iPad manager software can help you restore backups to iOS device. Sometimes however we may lost data before creating a backup of them. If you encounter this problem, the above iPhone data rescue software can also help you out. For instance, you can refer to this guide to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone without any backups. This iPhone messages restore solution will scan your iPhone’s internal storage and fetch those recently deleted data from there. However when the deleted data has been overwritten by new data, they become unrecoverable. So when you realize any data loss, you should perform the data recovery ASAP.

Update May 2018: this article was originally published in April 2016 and has since been updated. in this update, we deleted some old content and added new screenshots to reflect the change in the latest version of above iPhone data backup program.