How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone 15/14/13: Top 3 Ways

This guide will show you how to backup text messages on iPhone with or without iCloud. The method to save text messages to computer is also included.


By Lena / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Can You Backup Text Messages on iPhone?

“I just want to backup text messages on my new iPhone and save them to my computer. Because these messages contain many good memories, events worthy of joy or record, or important information. I don’t want to lose them for any reason. Is there a way to backup text messages? Any kind advice will be appreciated.” – Apple Community

Why Need to Backup Text Messages on iPhone?

Text messaging carries a lot of important information and is one of the most important ways people communicate. It may be difficult for you to avoid iPhone being stolen, lost, or even accidentally damaged, and once these tragedies happen, your messages will be lost permanently.

it's a smart idea to save iPhone text messages regularly to help you eliminate these risks, no matter what happens to your iPhone, you can restore important information from the backup file. Without further ado, let's learn how to backup text messages on iPhone with different methods.

How to Backup Messages

Way 1. How to Save Text Messages on iPhone to Computer

Speaking of backing up text messages on iPhone, you may want the best way. So, in this article, I’ll first introduce you to the best one. Next, you will get FoneTool and user guide.

FoneTool is a professional iPhone backup & transfer tool for Windows PC users. It can help you on how to save text messages on iPhone to computer with a few clicks.

● It allows you to backup and restore text messages/iMessages selectively.
● Messages are readable. You can view the backup messages through the tool.
● The backup messages can be restored to any iPhone and no existing data will be erased.

How to Save Text Messages on iPhone to PC

1. Download, install and run FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer using the USB cable, enter passcode on screen when asked.

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2. Click Phone Backup on the left pane. Move the mouse to Selective Backup, and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

3. Uncheck other options and only keep the Messages icon ticked.

Click Messages

4. Double-click the message icon and uncheck the messages you don’t want to backup, then click OK to return to the main page.

Select Messages

5. Click Backup Storage Path to choose a location to save the backup files on your computer. After that, click Start Backup to start the task.

Change Path


If you want to view your text messages, you can select the backup and click the eye-like shape button “Browse”, then view any messages as you like.

If you want to transfer text messages to new iPhone, you can use the “Restore” option.

Way 2. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone to iCloud

iCloud can back up your text messages, contacts, notes, photos, etc. The problem is that iCloud will backup all of your messages but only offer you 5GB of free space. So, you may need to pay for extra space. Let's see how to iPhone messages.

How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone in iOS 11.3 and Later

Messages in iCloud can help you save all your messages to iCloud and you can view them on any device with the same Apple ID. Here's the steps on how to back up text messages on iPhone.

1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.

2. Go to Settings, tap on the user profile at the top of the screen, and choose iCloud.

3. Find Messages and turn it on by clicking the slide button.

iCloud Messages

How to Backup iPhone Messages in iOS 11 and Earlier

You can create an iCloud backup to save all your messages as well as other iPhone content. 

1. Go to iCloud by the above steps.

2. Scroll down to Backup and turn on iCloud Backup, then tap Back Up Now option. After that, just wait unless the process ends.

Turn on iCloud Backup

Way 3. How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone Using iTunes

Like iCloud, iTunes will backup all files on the iPhone instead of only text messages. Besides, the backup cannot be accessed unless you restore it. Even worse, the current data will be removed after restoration.

If you only want to backup messages and preview text messages without restoring, go back to the first method. If that’s not a problem, see the steps below on how to backup messages on iPhone along with other files.

How to Save Text Messages on iPhone to Computer with iTunes

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes. Connect your iPhone to computer, unlock it, and click Trust This Computer if needed.

2. Open your iTunes, click the iPhone icon, and go to Summary. Then tick This Computer and click Back Up Now. Just be patient and wait for the final result.

Backup Iphone On Itunes

Final Words

That's all about how to backup text messages on iPhone. Which method do you prefer?

● If you want to save text messages on iPhone to computer, then FoneTool is the way to go. It can help you backup selected messages with amazing speed.
● If you want to backup text messages on iPhone to iCloud, you can turn on Messages in iCloud feature. The messages will appear on all your devices that use the same Apple ID.
● If you want to backup text messages as well as other content, iTunes can help you with this.

Have questions about this guide? Please feel free to leave a comment and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

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.