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How to Export SMS from iPhone

Want to export messages from your iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS to access and read it on your Mac or Windows PC? You've come to the right place. This article will walk you through how to export iPhone SMS for backup on your computer.

Backing up iPhone text messages is pretty easy. You only need to run iTunes, connect your iPhone and right click the device's name to back up. But the problem is when you find the backup file, you can't access or read it, let alone extract an SMS out of it.

In order to fix the issue, you can turn to two iPhone SMS exporting programs for help. One program is Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows), which helps to extract SMS from iPhone backup and let you access and read it easily. The other is Wondershare TunesGo (Windows). It lets you export iPhone SMS, MMS and iMessages as an HTML, TXT or XML file to Windows PC.

Solution 1: Export iPhone SMS with Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS

Download the right version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, according to your system requirement, and try it for free!

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Step 1. Select your iPhone backup to extract it

Here, let's take Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) for example. Windows users can use Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS to take the similar steps.

After downloading and installing the program, run it on your computer. Then you can select the recovery mode you want to use. Here we try with the Recover from iTunes backup file mode.

Note: If you want to directly scan your iPhone to get the messages on it, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer and select the second recovery mode: Recover from iOS Device.

Here, all iTunes backup files on your computer will be automatically listed for you. Select the backup of your iPhone and continue by clicking Start Scan, to extract the contents.

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Step 2. Preview and export SMS from iPhone

After the scan, you can preview all the text messages one by one. Check the Messages option on the left item list to export iPhone SMS to your Mac. If you want to check the media content attached in your messages, click Message Attachements under Messages.

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The SMS file you've exported from the backup is an HTML file. You can access and manage it conveniently, such as reading, printing, etc. If you're using Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, you also can export the messages in the format of CSV, and then import it to your iPhone with a proper transfer tool. Moreover, Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows & Mac) can let you directly scan and recover messages from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

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Solution 2: Export/backup SMS from iPhone with TunesGo

Download TunesGo on your computer. Scan the easy steps below.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Install ans then run TunesGo on the computer. Then, use a USB cable to make the connection between your iPhone and computer. This software will recognize your iPhone. And then, it'll show your iPhone with its info in the priamry window.

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Step 2. iPhone SMS exporting

Go to SMS in the left column. This brings up the SMS window, in which all messages are shown. Check the box before your wanted MMS, SMS and iMessages. Then, click Export to on the top line.

In the drop-down list, choose Export Selected Messages or Export All Messages, according to your choice. Then, the second drop-down list appears. Find a save type from to TXT File, to HTML File and to XML File. Save the messages on your computer.

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Try TunesGo to export export iPhone SMS.

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Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

This is probably because that your lost messages have been corrupted by new data on your iPhone. It is important to stop using your iPhone when the data is lost.
richie p
why is it that most ofthe messages that are being recovered are not letters words orsentences. its random non legible jargon that is in the message instead of the messages actual content. maybe its encoded. this ishow more then half the messages that were downloaded onto wondershare cant be read.
I'm sorry but Dr.Fone does not support transferring SMS to iPhone 5 yet. You may google for a solution.
hi there, i has recovered sms from my iphone by wondershare itunes data recovery tool. Now i wanna restore only text msg to my iphone. If i go through the itunes backup it will restore everything at prior stage but i wanna msg only. Plz help if u can. -Shahabuddin
I want to transfer my messages from old Iphone 4S to new Iphone5. I´ve got the the text from the old phone i my IMac in Excel. How do I transfer it to my Iphone5????
This is probably because that your lost messages have been overwritten by new data in your iPhone 4S. You can try scanning your iPhone 4S with Wondershare Dr.Fone for iPhone 4S again. For more questions, you are welcomed to visit Wondershare support center for help.
i scanned my iphone 4s but the result only show the camera roll and the message attachment. i need to backup my messages but it is empty. i could not even tick the box or do anything. please advice.
i did a scan but there is only my cameral roll and message attachments. i need to back up my messages but they are empty on the screen. what to do?
Iif you have restored your iPhone 4S, it's hard for you to retrieve old deleted messages. Anyway, you can still download a trial version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iPhone 4S to scan your device to have a try, and I wish you good luck.
This is hard to tell. But normally if you have restored your iPhone before, you can hardly retrieve old deleted messages. Anyway, you can still download a trial version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iPhone 4S to scan your device to have a try, and I wish you good luck.