Are you using iphone-- Is there any way to backup SMS messages from iPhone to computer?
alysa 22 Jul 2011, 02:02 posted on 0 0
Is there any way to backup all my SMS messages from iphone to computer?
I want to save them and then erase them off the phone.
Really appreciate ur early reply! I am quite helpless now!
6. savara (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Yes, of course, there are many ways to backup SMS messages from iPhone to computer, here i'd like to tell you an easy one:
8. Ikedcu (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
iTunes is the best choice. Or a program called iPhone SMS Backup & Restore can help.
9. harveynail (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)
Step 1: First, you need to backup your iPhone to your computer. Normally, an automatic backup would be created as soon as you sync your device with iTunes, but if you’re saving data to iCloud and not to the local computer, you can either change the setting altogether in iTunes, or use the Back Up Now button (as shown in screenshot) to create a one-time backup on your computer without changing the iCloud backup settings. Once the backup is complete, you may proceed.
Step 2: Now, you need to locate the backup files on your computer’s hard drive. The path would be different, depending on the type of the operating system. iTunes stores the SMS data in a backup in this file in a long encrypted file name, as can be seen in the screenshot below. The location of this file would be as follows:
For Windows XP, C:\Documents & Settings > [your username] > Application Data > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup, assuming that Windows is installed in C: drive.
For Windows 7 & 8, C:\Users > [your username] > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup
For OS X, the backup file is located at User > Library > Application Support > MobileSync > Backup
Step 3: Copy the SMS database file to a convenient location, and there you have your backup safe and secure.
The next step is to find a way to decrypt the message data contained within, for which there are quite a few apps and online services that you may turn to. However, our recommendation here would be this link here: iphone-sms.com, which requires you to provide your extracted SMS database file, and the web app will let you export the readable text messages as HTML, PDF or MS Excel format files. Unlike most other online services that provide such a functionality, this one actually works.