Summary: Many iPhone users find it impossible to extract text messages from iPhone backup directly, this article will show you how to extract SMS from iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS backup with the help of iPhone backup extractor.

Some iPhone users, especially the new iPhone users, are highly recommended to backup data to iTunes and iCloud timely, but there is a problem: they cannot see or extract files from the backup. For example:

“Hi guys. How can I extract text messages from iPhone backup? I backup all the text messages to iTunes days ago, and now, I want to extract them to my computer from the iTunes, however, it seems the files cannot be extract, I cannot find the option to extract files from the backup, so, what is the problem? Am I doing something wrong or miss something? Any help will be appreciated. “—Alex

Well, to be frank, I do not think Alex has done anything wrong or misses anything, why he cannot extract text messages from iTunes is because the iTunes does not allow extracting files! So, if you need to extract data from the backup, you need some third-part software to help you. Here is a recommendation.

iPhone Data Recovery, the best tool to restore data from iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, can be used as a practical iPhone backup extractor to extract data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. To extract text messages from iPhone backup, this tool is the ideal choice.

The passage below will show you how to extract text messages from iPhone backup in two parts: extracting SMS from iTunes backup and extracting messages from iCloud backup. Now, let’s go to the details.

Part 1: How to Extract Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1. Run the iPhone backup extractor

After you finish downloading and installing this iPhoen Backup Extractor, run it. In the home window, select Recover from iTunes backup files mode to proceed.

Step 2. Scan the backup

Soon you will enter the recovery mode and see all backups on your computer listed on the window. Select the one which you want to extract text messages from, click Scan to scan the backup. This process may take a while since the iPhone backup extractor will scan all files on the backup.

Step 3. Preview and extract text messages from iTunes backup

Finally, after the scan, go to the scan result to find the Message folder, preview the recoverable messages, and mark the items you want to recover, hit Recover button to extract them from the iTunes backup.

Part 2: How to Extract Text Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 1. Choose recovery mode

Switch to the third recovery mode “Recover from iCloud Backup Files” after your run the iPhone Backup Extractor software. Then you will be asked to log in your iCloud account. Just do it. Do not worry about the data you backup to iCloud or anything related to your Apple account for this software will never record your personal data.

Step 2. Scan iCloud Backup

The iPhone backup extractor will automatically detect all backups in your iCloud account after you are logged in. Select the one from which you need to extract SMS, and click Download to download the backup. After the software finish downloading the backup, click Scan to scan the backup.

Step 3. Preview and extract SMS from iCloud backup

Finally, after the scan, preview the text messages in the scan result, select the ones you need to extract.

More about the iPhone data recovery:
iPhone data recovery is a powerful tool that can recover up to 19 types of files from iPhone including videos, photos, contacts, text messages, notes, call logs, whatsapp chat history, and so on. If you lose data from your iPhone, this is the best tool you can use to restore deleted files. Aside recovering data from iPhone, it also can retrieve deleted files from iPad and iPod Touch that even run the latest iOS 8.1.