By Dylan / Last update April 23, 2020

You need to backup iPhone messages

“Does iTunes backup messages on my iPhone? I’ve got my new iPhone 11 and there are many important messages on it, so I want to import these messages from my old iPhone 8. I’m preparing to use iTunes. Can anybody tell me whether I can use it to transfer messages to my new iPhone 11?”

Except for entertainment, iPhone is also an excellent tool for communication. After all, it’s the basic feature of a mobile phone. You could use it to call your friends and family or send messages to your business partners. After years, you must get a lot of messages on iPhone.

In the time of information, your messages could be valuable. Messages could carry your beautiful memories or you might need to as legal proof someday. To protect them from unexpectedly erased, you’d better backup messages to computer so that you could retrieve the messages.

You might want to use iTunes to backup your iPhone, but don’t know whether iTunes would backup messages on iPhone. Don’t worry. You could find how to backup every message on your iPhone in this passage.

iPhone Messages Icon

Does iTunes backup messages?

iTunes would backup messages/iMessages on iPhone unless you haven’t enabled Messages in iCloud setting. You might be a little confused about this because you don’t know what iTunes backup includes.

iTunes would backup most local files and settings on your iPhone, after restoration with iTunes, you need to download apps and media files from the server to complete restoration. If you haven’t upload messages to iCloud when you backup iPhone, iTunes would save text messages to computer and you could find all your messages/iMessages in the Messages app on iPhone. If you have uploaded messages to iCloud before backing up iPhone, you need to go to iCloud settings to sync messages from iCloud by turn on iCloud Messages after restoration.

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How to backup messages with iTunes?

If you still want to use iTunes to backup messages, you should go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud to check whether you have enabled Messages first. If you are sure not you haven’t switched on Messages, follow the steps below to save text messages with iTunes.

Step 1. Download iTunes. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.
Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper-left corner. Click Summary in the sidebar.
Step 3. Click Back Up Now and wait for several minutes to let iTunes create a backup of your iPhone.

●1. You could locate your iTunes backup on PC, but you could not view your messages in that backup for iTunes wants to protect your privacy.
●2. If you want to restore your message from that backup, click Restore Backup and the right task, but iTunes would restore your whole iPhone, not only messages so you should back up the needed files before restoration.


Preview your messages and decide your backup

There are too many limitations when you use iTunes to backup messages. You could have a more convenient way to backup iPhone messages.

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could save all your text messages from iPhone to PC and restore them to another device like iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In addition, you could also use this application to backup iPhone contacts at the same time.

  • Preview and Select: You could preview the messages on your iPhone and select the needed one to be included in your backup. When you restore these messages, you could also transfer the wanted ones to new device.

  • Easily View Backup: You could view your message backup by one click with AOMEI MBackupper.

  • Widely Compatible: You could easily use this software for it supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to iPhone 11 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 13.

Save your messages to computer in 3 steps with AOMEI MBackupper

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup. Uncheck the other features if you don’t want them. Click the icon of Messages to preview and select messages and then click OK to return.

Select Messages

Step 3. Click Start Backup and your message would be saved to computer.

Backup Messages

You could view your messages by click the icon of messages or the eye icon in Backup Management.

If you want to restore messages to another device, connect the device to computer, select the task and click Restore.


iTunes would backup messages on iPhone if you haven’t backup them to iCloud, or you need to sync messages with iCloud after iTunes restoration. You could not view messages or export just messages to iPhone with iTunes. If you want to break the limitations, you could download AOMEI MBackupper to backup messages and other important files at the same time. If you like this passage, would you please share it to help more people?