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How to Extract SMS messages from iTunes backup at ease?

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Posted Nov 29 2013 01:18 AM

Unlike emails which are stored on the cloud, SMS’s are saved on your phone and if anything were to happen to your phone, you’ll never see your precious SMS’s ever again. Because the iOS is such a closed system, you won’t be able to find an app that can backup and restore deleted SMS’s for you.Today, we’re going to show you how to safely backup your iPhone data and then find the special file where all your iPhone SMS data is kept.

Besides, you should pay attention that you can't sync your iPhone with iTunes after you find the data loss on your iPhone. iTunes only updates the backup file when you sync with it, not build a new backup file. Therefore the backup file will be overwritten by the content on your iPhone and the lost data will go for good, if you have synced your iPhone again.

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Step 1. Scan your iPhone backup files

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

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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.

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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.

More solution: How to Recover Deleted SMS from iPhone on Mac computer?

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  Babbittow's Photo
Posted Feb 10 2014 07:18 PM

Here is how I do to extract SMS from iTunes backup:

1. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
2. Open iTunes.
3. If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup.
4. Otherwise, Control-click on your iPhone under devices in the left menu.
5. Select Restore From Backup.
6. Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button.

In addition, you can also recover text messages iPhone without backup:
The only way you can find deleted text messages iPhone if you do not have backed up data on iTunes is using an useful iPhone data recovery which can help you get iPhone lost data back.

More detailed info you can know from here:
  Baby23's Photo
Posted Apr 17 2014 07:03 PM

If you accidentally deleted your iPhone messages, You have a big change to recover them: extract your messages from the iTunes backup or scan your lost messages directly from your iPhone to recover them. If you choose to recover data from backup, you don't need to connect you phone and the computer, just scan iTunes backup, preview and recover iPhone message.