How can I Retrieve Old Text Messages from iTunes Backup?

By | December 19, 2016

how to retrieve old texts messages from itunes

Loss data in iPhone/iPad/iPod has become a common thing happen in our daily life. Although now there are a lots of users are using social network like WhatsApps, Wechat, Facebook messengers, KIK etc, there are still users still using text messages. In this passage, we will mainly talk about how to retrieve old text messages from iTunes backup your messages gone with any reason. As long as you have iTunes backup, you are able to extract and retrieve your deleted text messages from iTunes.

“Any idea how to recover deleted text messages without restoring everything on my phone? Which means I just want to particular messages back to my iPhone, appreciate your reply.”

Like the reader above, he asked how to recover deleted text messages without restoring everything on his phone and fortunately he has iTunes backup. iTunes enables iPhone users to back up their phone data easily, including text messages. The good thing to have backup on iTunes is, it allows you to recover your deleted text messages once you accidentally delete it or whatever reason it is. However, using iTunes to recover old text messages has one risk which will replaced all the current data on your device, if you don’t want to take this risk, I have one solution can help you on how to extract and retrieve deleted text messages from iTunes but still keeping your current data on your device.

iFonebox is all you need. iFonebox is an iPhone data recovery as well as iTunes/iCloud backup extractor that helps to recover old text messages and messages attachments. Additionally, iFonebox allows you to transfer text data such as messages, contacts and notes back to device directly. iFonebox supports up to 16 data recovery with three types of recovery mode, which are from iOS device, from iTunes or iCloud backup.

How to retrieve old text messages from iTunes backup?

In order to retrieve text messages from iTunes backup, you need to follow the guide below.

Select your PC version, download and install iFonebox.

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Launch iFonebox with your iPhone connected with USB cable. Select “Recover from iTunes Backup File”, and you will be able to view your iTunes backup file, and select the backup file you want to extract. If you do not find your backup file from the list, kindly click “Select more”, and choose your backup file from the other folder. Once you select the backup file, you can begin the text message recovery.


Select “Messages” icon under “Text Data” and start to scan.


Scanning done, take a preview and select the messages you want to recover. You can either select recover to computer or back to device directly.


If you having iCloud back up, you can select “Recover from iCloud backup files” to begin the text message recovery. You are required to log in your Apple ID and password, remember that turn off your two step verification ahead before recovery, the rest of the steps are similar.

Want to know methods of transfer messages to PC? Click here to read more.

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