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How to Transfer SMS from iPhone to Computer (Mac & Windows)?

I have had my iPhone for two years. Believe it or not, I have never deleted any text messages. Obviously I get into trouble – My iPhone is just being slow because I have so much messages. Is there an easy and fast way to transfer all my iPhone SMS to my computer? Any way, I still do not want to delete any of them.

Above is the problem from my friend. But I believe he is not the only person who has the same trouble. Nowadays, SMS is a good way to deliver information and save important messages that we are not willing to delete them unless we really have to. However, the memory space on small iPhone is limited. Any way to free up the iPhone memory without deleting these crucial text messages? The only solution is to transfer SMS from iPhone to computer for backup so that you can still view them at any time.

To export iPhone messages to computer, you need to draw support from an iPhone SMS transfer program. Here, I introduce Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod (or Mac Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod), which allows you to backup all your iPhone files, including contacts, messages, call history, notes, Safari bookmarks, calendar, Photos, videos in camera roll, etc. from iTunes record to your computer. That’s to say, you should sync your iPhone to iTunes at first, then, use this tool to extract text messages from iTunes and save onto your computer.

Download the iPhone SMS transfer and follow the guide (based on Windows platform) below to extract text messages from iTunes to your computer. All iPhone models are supported, including iPhone 6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/3GS and more.

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer from iTunes Backup Files

Step 1. Choose iTunes backup file for your iPhone

Make sure you have made the backup of your iPhone to iTunes already. Launch the installed software and it will automatically scan your computer and show all the backup lists you have ever synced with this computer before. Just select your iPhone backup file and click "Start Scan".

iphone sms recovery screenshot

Step 2. Scan for the iPhone text messages you want

When the scan finishes, the software will display all iPhone files. Find the "Messages" category and preview all the text messages in your iPhone.

check and mark all you needed messages

Step 3. Start to Transfer SMS from iPhone to computer

Mark the text messages you want and hit the "Recover" button at bottom to extract them to your computer.

Now, all the SMS messages on your iPhone are saved in your computer. You can clear all the text messages on your iPhone and view them on your computer anytime you like. Just free up your iPhone and make room for new data!

Optional Choice: Transfer Messages from iPhone to Computer without Third-party Software

Before starting the messages transfer from iPhone to computer, you need to get the following things prepared:

> iExplorer

> An iPhone device

> A Mac or PC with iTunes installed

> USB cable to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Now, just follow the below steps to transfer messages from iPhone to the computer without any hassle:

1. Get your iPhone connected to the computer and open the iExplorer.

2. Enter the Data tab in the Device Overview screen and then select the Messages button.

transfer messages from iphone to computer

3. Then you will see an interface where you are asked to make an iTunes backup or not, choose the Yes option. But if you already have an iTunes backup, iExplorer will ask whether to Use Last Backup or Refresh to create a new one. Decide it as you needed and wanted.

4. Now, iExplorer will load your messages and display them on the main interface. You can now select a conversation in the left panel to preview more. Here, if you don't want to transfer entire conversation, you can select some message bubbles as wanted and click "Export" to transfer the wanted messages from iPhone to the computer as needed.

transfer messages from iphone to computer

One thing you need to know is that it may take much time to load the files and transfer messages from iPhone to the computer, especially when your network condition is not stable!

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