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How to Back up iPhone Texts

Posted on 2017-11-10
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Last Modified: 2017-11-10
What is the best, easiest way to back up regular text messages (not iMessages) from an iPhone before you clean it and restore factory settings for a trade in?
Question by:Erin Wooddell
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Just install iTunes and Create Backup on this PC.
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Apple saves your text messages in its iPhone backups, whether they're saved locally on your PC or they're part of an iCloud backup—which you should have. That's good! Unfortunately, they're not separated out. However, you can access them through the filesystem. If you back up locally on an Apple machine, you can find the file under Library > Application Support > MobileSync > Backup. There should be multiple folders there, each with a different backup image of your phone. Each of the folders should have a file named:


Those are your texts, in SQLite database form.

On a Windows machine, you can find that file in C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming.

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You can see also in this picture, connect your iPhone to PC with cable, Run iTunes, click on iPhone icon showed in below picture,   select This Computer and then Backup Now:

you can select restore backup to restore your data back to any iPhone.


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by:Erin Wooddell
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Thank you for the straight forward and visual directions! Also appreciate the info on where to locate them once they've been saved on the computer so you know where to access them.
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You're welcome and I'm glad we could help.

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