[2024] How to Backup iPhone Messages without iTunes on PC

This guide will tell you how to backup iPhone messages without iTunes: a free way that lets you back up only text messages and iMessages, not all iPhone content.


By Lena / Updated on December 28, 2023

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Want to Backup and Restore iPhone Messages without iTunes?

You definitely don't want to lose your messages accidentally because it contains all kinds of conversations with family, friends, and colleagues, so you’d like to save iPhone messages to computer as a backup.

iTunes can indeed help us back up the iPhone, however, it does not support selective backup and restore. And this is why you are looking for a way to backup iPhone messages without iTunes - you just want to backup text messages and iMessages. Keep reading to get the method.

How to Backup iPhone Messages without iTunes

In addition to iTunes, there are many iPhone backup tools on the market and FoneTool is one of them. It helps users backup iPhone text messages/iMessages, contacts, photos, songs, and more with amazing speed.

● Backup selected messages. You can backup all messages in one click or one particular conversation.
● Check messages on computer. The backup files are accessible and readable. You can check the backup messages anytime you want.
● No-data-loss restoration. When restoring the backup files, it also allows you to select the messages you need and it will not erase any existing data on device.

FoneTool supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15/14/13/iPhone SE 2022 and is fully compatible with the latest iOS 17. Download the tool on your computer and follow the steps below to backup up your iPhone messages to computer.

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Steps to Backup Messages from iPhone to PC without iTunes

Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Enter passcode on iPhone home screen so that the software can access your device.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup option > Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Click Messages icon to view and select the text messages or iMessages you want to backup to computer > Click OK to continue.

Select Messages

Step 4. Choose a storage path to save your messages > Click Start Backup button.

Backup Messages

After the backup, you can check the backup task on the Backup History page. You can choose to locate, browse, or delete the backup files.

● When you backup messages next time, it will only backup newly added messages to save time and storage space.
● The backup files can be restored to any iPhone or iPad which makes it possible to transfer messages to new iPhone easily.

Check Backup Task

Bonus Tip: Backup iPhone iMessages with iCloud

It is possible to backup iPhone messages without iTunes but via iCloud. You may know that you can create an iCloud backup that contains your messages just like iTunes. Actually, since iOS 12, Apple adds the Messages sync feature of iCloud that helps users save the iMessages . All iMessages will be uploaded to iCloud and you can view the messages on any device that using the same iCloud account.

Go to Settings > Tap your name > iCloud > Find Messages and toggle it on. When your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, it will automatically sync iMessages to iCloud.

Messages Sync


That’s all about how to backup iPhone messages without iTunes on PC. As you can see, with the help of FoneTool, you can backup all messages at once or the selected conversions as per your needs. Moreover, it also provides a no-data-loss way to help you recover lost messages quickly.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.