Extract SMS messages from iTunes backup file on Mac

For iPhone users, we can use iTunes to backup our iPhone data on our Mac. But it is uneasy to read or get the information out from the iTunes backup files, as most data in it is unreadable. One of the unreadable data is SMS, which could be important in many cases, such as for court. Thus, many iPhone users may be wondering if they could extract the text messages from their iTunes backup file and then save them to a folder on Mac. The answer is positive for sure. We can extract SMS from iTunes backup file by using a third party tool named Dr.Fone for iOS. It is a professional program designed for iOS devices to recover deleted data and extract data to your Mac. Let’s go through below steps to see how to use this program to extract the text messages from iTunes backup file on a Mac.

Extract SMS messages from iTunes backup file on Mac

Step 1. Download and install iPhone Recovery on your Mac

Below is a free trial version of Dr. Fone for iOS for you to download and install onto your Mac. It is a secure app and you don’t need to worry about the danger of virus.

Step 2. Launch the app and select an iTunes backup file

Once the program is launched on your Mac, you will see its simple user interface with four functions on the left vertical tool bar. The functions are Recover from iOS Devices, Recover from iTunes backup File, Recover from iCloud backup file, and More tools. The first three one are its main functions.

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To extract SMS from an iTunes backup file, we need to click the option “Recover from iTunes backup File“. The app will search your Mac to get the iTunes backup file and show them on the user interface. Select the backup file you need, and then click START SCAN button at the bottom right corner. The app will then start scanning your iTunes backup files.

Step 3. Select SMS and extract them to Mac

Once the scan is done, all the data in the iTunes backup files will be listed in each data type under its category in the middle vertical column of the App surface. Click Messages under the category of Messages & Call Log. You can find all kinds of data included in the iTunes backup files, like contacts, sms, photos, videos, call history, voice memos, notes, calendars, reminders and so on. You can use this iPhone data recovery to extract any data from iTunes backup file on computer. Select the SMS on the right side, and then click EXPORT TO Mac at the bottom right corner. The free version of this app will show you the deleted and existing text messages on your iPhone. You can use it to view data in iTunes backup file on computer. And with a full version of this app, you will be able to recover or export the SMS and many other data to your Mac.

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Above three steps show you how easy and simple we can do the iPhone SMS extraction from an iTunes backup file. You can download it and try it by yourself.

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