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[2 Ways ] How to Back Up iPhone Messages without iTunes?


If you have a backup file of your iPhone, you can absolutely use the backup file to restore your iPhone messages when you are going to buy a new iOS device, or when your iDevice is lost or damaged. And of course you can also free up your iPhone storage space by transferring hundreds of important messages from your iPhone to another safe location in case of data lost. And maybe you are not that much familiar with iTunes, so what should you do to backup iPhone messages without iTunes? Here in this post you might find the guides to backup iPhone messages without iTunes.

Method 1. Backup iPhone Messages via iCloud

If you don't want to use iTunes, you can also use iCloud to backup messages on your iPhone. Initially, iCloud offers Apple users free 5GB storage space and you are able to create and use backups via iCloud from anywhere with Wi-Fi. But please note that iCloud backups don't include the data stored in other cloud services, such as Gmail and Exchange mail, so there may be some iPhone messages being ignored to backup. And iCloud backups also exclude the data that has already stored in iCloud, for example, Contacts, Notes, Calendars, My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library. Anyway, you might follow the instruction as below to backup your iPhone message via iCloud.

Here is how:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to an available Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Find and tap "Settings" > "iCloud" on your iPhone.

Step 3. Find "Backup" option under iCloud section to turn on the iCloud Backup function.

Step 4. Tap "Back Up Now" and keep your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi network till iCloud finishes to backup all your iPhone data. You might check the backup process or cancel backup in this screen as you like.

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Note: There some disadvantages to backup data via iCloud. For example, you cannot select freely the messages that you want to backup for iCloud only supports to backup all data on your iPhone. And if you restore the latest backup to your iPhone, you may lose the previous important data.

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Method 2. Backup iPhone Messages Selectively or Entirely via A 3rd-party Tool

If you want to backup only the message file from your iPhone, or only backup some of the whole message content, you will need the professional iPhone Message Backup tool - Coolmuster iOS Assistant. You are able to effectively backup the iPhone messages either selectively or entirely with this third-party tool.

Brief Introduction of the Tool:

> Freely backup one or more types of contents from iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer, including the messages, contacts, calendars, notes and etc.

> Selectively backup or transfer one or more messages (contacts, calendars, notes and etc.) as you like from iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer with/without iTunes.

> Effortlessly import different files from computer to iOS device, including the contacts, calendars, bookmarks and etc.

> Preview and manage various files on iDevice, such as photos and messages (SMS) and so on.

Steps to Back Up iPhone Messages without iTunes:

Step 1. Download and install the recommended program and run it on your computer, then connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable. Later, the program will detect automatically the connected device and show the interface containing the main information of your iPhone as below.

Note: Please ensure that the latest iTunes has been installed in your computer or the program might fail to detect the connected iDevice.

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Step 2. You might see different contents in the left panel, including the Messages, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, Apps and etc. Just click "Messages" folder to preview and tick one or more messages you want to backup, then click "Export" to save them on your computer.

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Sum Up

As we all know, using iTunes to back up iOS devices is not an ideal method. If you want to selectively back up data on your iPhone, for example, you only want to back up text messages, then you need to use a third-party iOS backup software - Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It can flexibly backup data on iPhone to computer, and restore data from computer to iPhone without data loss.

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