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Full guide on How to Extract iPhone Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Why We Need to Extract Messages from iPhone Backup Files?

iTunes features with the ability to backup your iPhone data. By doing this, one day even though you get your iPhone stolen, damaged, lost, or you just accidentally deleted your iPhone files, there is still a chance for you to recover all lost things and sync them to your iDevice again. But you should know that iTunes backup record is not a common file type that you can not view and mange it directly. A third-party iPhone backup extracting program is needed if you want to recover lost data for iPhone from iTunes backup files.

What is The Best iPhone Backup Extractor?

Then, the problem is coming. There are so many iPhone backup extractor programs available in the market that you are not sure which one really works. To make things easy, you can try Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod (Windows Version) or Mac Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod (Mac Version). It is a professional recovery tool, which is able to help Windows and Mac users to extract all backup files from iTunes easily and quickly. Following we will show you how to recover iPhone text messages by extracting from iTunes backup.

Get the free trial version of the iPhone backup extractor installed in your computer.

How to Extract iPhone Text Messages with The Best iPhone Backup Extractor?

Here, we will set Windows version as example. The operations are almost the same in Mac platform. Please keep in mind that after losing data from your iPhone, never sync your iPhone with iTunes again. Because iTunes will build a new backup record every time you sync your iPhone with it. If you sync your iPhone with iTunes after you lost your data, the lost files will be overwritten by the new backup file and you will lose them forever.

Step 1. Scan your iPhone backup files

After downloading and installing the program, launch it and you will see the interface like below picture. Just select your iPhone backup file and click "Start Scan".

iphone sms recovery screenshot

Step 2. Preview and Select iPhone Text Messages

After scanning, all files on your iPhone backup file will be displayed in the program in categories like Call history, Contacts, Messages, Note, Safari, Photos, etc. To extract iPhone text messages, you only need to choose "Messages" and preview all the files in this folder.

check and mark all you needed messages

Step 3. Extract iPhone messages from backup

Mark the messages you want to recover and click "Recover" button to bring out the output folder choosing dialog window. Just choose a location on your computer and start to extract the selected SMS messages. Within a few seconds, you can see the extracted messages in the output folder.

Tips: I know it is a great headache to lose data from your device. Therefore, do remember to sync and backup your iPhone to iTunes regularly.

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