3 Ways to Backup iPhone Text Messages

By Andre Cooper on Dec 19, 2015 23:00:00 PM.

Text messages are taking over, they're replacing phone calls and e-mail. The texts on your iPhone are now one of your most important forms of communcation with your friends, family, loved ones and coworkers. Maybe a friend sent you a funny joke that you want to save or maybe you need to make a backup of a text for legal purposes.

If one day you would have to delete old text messages which recorded happiness and tears about your life. Once you delete these text messages, you will lose them forever. It's frustrating. In this case, it's a necessity to backup text messages from iPhone to computer or cloud first. To backup your iPhone text messages, you have 3 ways to follow.

Method 1. Backup iPhone SMS/MMS/iMessages with iPhone Backup Tool

With the help of iOSMate iPhone Backup Tool, you can backup all iPhone text messages, MMS, iMessages with attachements to your computer in 1 click with zero data loss, 100% safe! It enables you backup all iPhone SMS, MMS, iMessages with attachments to computer and saved as TXT/HTML/XML file easily. You can view and print the backup on a PC. You can also restore to your iPhone or Android phone whenever you want. Full compatible with iPhone 6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS when running iOS 9/8/7/6/5.

Step 1 Connect Your iPhone to Computer

First of all, connect your iPhone to a computer via a USB cable. The iPhone SMS backup tool will immediately detect your iPhone. When its primary window shows up, select the Back Up Your iPhone mode and click it to move on.

Connect to iPhone Messages backup tool

Step 2 Backup iPhone text message, MMS and iMessages

Go to the middle of the widow and tick Text messages. After that, click Start Copy to backup iPhone SMS messages to the computer.

Backup iPhone Text Messages in 1 click

Method 2. Backup SMS/MMS/iMessages from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

iTunes backs up most of data on your iPhone, including Camera Roll, contacts, contacts and favorite, calendars, safari, autofill, cache/database, notes, mail accounts, call history, messages, voicemail, voice memos, network settings, keychain, app store application data, application settings, in-app purchases, game center accounts, wallpapers, location service preferences, installed profiles, maps and saved suggestion corrections and more.

iTunes is enough to backup almost all files on your iPhone, including SMS, MMS and iMessages. However, you have to know that iTunes doesn't allow you selectively backup iPhone SMS, iMesages, MMS. Worse still, iTunes backup file is unreadable. You can't read it or print it out. Any way, to backup iPhone iMessages, MMS, and SMS, please follow the tutorial.

1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via USB.
2. Open iTunes and click on the device icon in the tab bar.
3. In the Summary section, scroll to Backups.
4. Under Manually Back Up and Restore, click Back Up Now.
5. iTunes start to backup your iPhone data, including iPhone MMS, SMS, iMessages. It takes you some time. Wait until it comes to the end.

backup iPhone text messages with itunes

Method 3. Backup iPhone Text Messages/ iMessages/MMS to iCloud

iCloud is another way that Apple offers to backup iPhone, but it saves iPhone backup in Apple cloud server. Many people are comfuseded whether iCloud can backup SMS on iPhone. Of course, it can. Apart from SMS, it also backs up iPhone iMessages and MMS. Below is the full guidance.

1. Make sure WiFi network is turned on your iPhone.
2. Go to Settings > iCloud.
3. Tap Backup. On iCloud screen, you will see many icons, like Contacts, Notes. Turn on them if you also want to backup them. Then, tap Merge.
4. Turn On iCloud backup under the Backup section if it isn't already — if it is, skip to step 5.
5. Tap on Back Up Now.
6. Wait for your backup to complete before updating.

backup iPhone with icloud

That's all there is to backup iPhone text messages! Wait until the backup process is complete. Keep in mind: If you want to back up to iCloud, you must first have an iCloud account and be signed in to it.

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