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How to Backup iPhone SMS/iMessage with/without iTunes

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Jan 20th 2016

The messages on iPhone includes two different types.There's iMessage and SMS.iMessage, which is used when you and the recipient both use iPhones and the messages are sent to each other with WiFi or through a network connection.SMS,which is the traditional method that all phones use and send information through two kinds of mobile phones.

Whether your want to back up your text messages for record-keeping purposes or of you’re just getting a new iPhone and want your text messages to be restored on your new device,here’s the tutorial about how to back up iPhone messages.You can learn more about the difference between two solutions in this guide.One is do backup process with iTunes of your iPhone, or you can backup iPhone SMS without iTunes by Phone Transfer.

4 Methods to Backup iPhone Text Messages:

    Method 1.How to Backup Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes

    Method 2.Backup iPhone SMS without iTunes by Phone Transfer

    Method 3.Print iPhone SMS with iOS Data Manager

    Method 4.Print text messages from iPhone with iOS Data Recovery


Method 1.How to Backup Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes

Note:Make sure you’ve connected your iPhone to computer and run iTunes on it.

If your device syncs through iTunes, it will automatically backup once you connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

If it doesn’t automatically sync, head to File > Devices > Back up. Depending on your iTunes version, you may have to right-click the device and choose “Backup” Now.

iTunes backup for the iPhone is able to achieve the overall data backup, data backup with iTunes may include:iPhone text messages,MMS, pictures, contacts, calendars, memos, camera roll, recent calls, favorites, sound settings, email settings, Safari browser settings (bookmarks), application settings (save games, etc.), network configuration information (saved Wi-Fi passwords, cellular data network, VPN, DaiLi services, etc.), other configuration information (system Settings user settings).The content can not be at the discretion of the iPhone user. So, if you want to preview and backup a part of content on iPhone instead of the complete files,you’d better use third-party synchronization assistant this assistant software.

Method 2.Backup iPhone SMS without iTunes by Phone Transfer


Phone Transfer is the best iOS files manager to backup, transfer and manage data on iPhone.It allows you to backup text messages and iMessages from iPhone to computer without iTunes, and you can preview them anytime and select to backup as you need.You can also copy contacts,photos and more personal files from iPhone to computer.Additionally, it supports to every models of iPhone,including iPhone 6s/6/5s/5/4s,as well as iPad and iPod.

Download Phone Transfer for Win Download Phone Transfer for Mac

Step 1. Download and Run Phone Transfer on Computer

Step 2. Using an USB cable to connect iPhone to the PC or Mac
Click “Back Up Your Phone “to enter the backup window in the main window.

run the phone transfer on PC

Step 3. Select the files you want to backup

backup iphone contacts to computer

Step 4. Start to Transfer iPhone SMS/iMessages to Mac

You can see Contacts from your iPhone in the left sidebar.You can preview all contacts that have been found on your iPhone after the scanning.Choose” Text messages” and click the list one by one, then mark those you need to backup and click “Start Copy”. And then all these iPhone messages will be saved on your computer/Mac directly.

Step 5.Just Click “OK”to Accomplish the SMS/iMessages Backup Process

As you see,now all the selected SMS/iMessages have been backup to your computer.

Phone Transfer has the powerful ability to backup data from iPhone to computer,besides it allows to backup data from every brands of mobile phones to computer,such as the mobile system of Symbian,Android and iOS.

Download Phone Transfer for Win Download Phone Transfer for Mac

Method 3.Print iPhone SMS with iOS Data Manager (Mac & Windows)


TunesGo Retro- Easily Transfer Everything between iPhone, iPod & iPad to iTunes & Computer

-Backup iPhone text messages, MMS & iMessages with attachments as a HTML/XML/TXT file so you can easily print it out later. -Manage contacts: Import, export, remove duplicates & sync with Outlook.
-Transfer songs, videos, playlists, iTunes U, Podcasts to & from Your PC/iTunes.
-Transfer photos & albums to/from Your PC & iPhone/iPad/iPod
-100% compatible with iOS 9, latest iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s.


Method 4.Print text messages from iPhone with iOS Data Recovery


Dr.Fone iOS Data Recovery is the World's First iOS Data Recovery Software for Personal Users
To Export Existing and Deleted Data on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

-Extract and Save all messages on iPhone to computer in HTML format, including SMS, MMS and iMessages.
-Transfer messages directly from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
-Not only messages, also supports contacts, notes, WhatsApp history, reminders, and more, up to 18 file types.
-Works for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, all iPads and iPod touch 5/4.

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How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer

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