How Do I Recover Only Texts Messages From iTunes Backup?

By | January 11, 2016


I tried to recover deleted text messages on my iPhone so I tried iCloud and iTunes. My iCloud doesn’t have the message icon and I only have the choice to follow instructions to restore backup on iTunes backup. But the question is I just need messages. So can I recover only text messages from iTunes backup? Thanks for your help. iPhone 6, iOS 9.1

It is quite clear to extract the question from above post: how to recover only text messages from iTunes backup? Is there any chance? Generally speaking, when it comes to restoring data from iTunes backup, the easiest way is to restore data from iTunes backup directly. Just run iTunes and then, connect your iPhone to the computer to begin the Restore from Backup process. The problem is when restoring from iTunes backup directly, you will erase or wipe other data not containing in the iTunes backup. So that’s why most people need to recover data from iTunes backup selectively. Here, I will share a method to help you restore only text messages from backup. Here we go.

In order to recover only text messages from iTunes backup, what you need is the favor from iPhone messages recovery tool–iFonebox. As is widely recognized that iFonebox is a powerful iPhone data recovery tool which allows you to recover deleted messages, contacts, wechat messages, notes, etc, from iPhone and iPad directly. Plus, iFonebox is a great helper to extract and restore data from iTunes or iCloud backup selectively. So cool. Last but not the least, iFonebox is professional to transfer recovered messages back to your iPhone or iPad, so do contacts and notes. Next, detailed steps are shared.

How to recover only text messages from iTunes backup? 

Before that, it is necessary to download and install iFonebox on your computer. There are two versions optional: Windows version and Mac version.

Launch iFonebox. Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup” mode. All iTunes backup files will be listed here. Just pick out one containing your lost messages to scan. Remember to connect your iPhone to the computer so as to transfer found messages back to it directly.

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Scan messages from selected iTunes backup. Just click on Messages item to start automatic scanning and analysis process.



Preview and select text messages to recover. After scanning, you have the chance to pick out those messages you need and then, click “Recover to Device” button to recover text messages back to your iPhone. Once clicked, all selected messages will start transferring to your iPhone. Follow the reminders pop-up from the software. You need to turn off Find My iPhone in advance. After restoring, your iDevice will be restarted.


That’s all. After following the instructions of the above steps, you have recovered text messages from your iTunes backup to iPhone successfully under the help from iFonebox. Amazing.

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Share methods and tips for Apple users to retrieve deleted or lost data like messages, contacts, notes, wechat messages, wechat data, whatsapp messages, etc, from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch directly or from iPhone backup selectively.

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