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How to Backup iPhone Messages without iTunes?

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: September 2, 2021

"I have an iPhone and I buy new ones more updated iPhone devices come up. I use it to surf the net, take photos and videos, and of course, send emails and SMS. I have very important text message on my iPhone and I want to keep them. That’s why I have to create a backup. So, how do I actually create a backup of my iPhone SMS without deleting other data within my device?"

The following guide will guide you how to backup iPhone message without iTunes.

Part 1. Why backup iPhone message?Part 2. Backing Up your message without using iTunesVideo Guide : How to backup iPhone message without iTunesPart 3. Conclusion

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Part 1. Why backup iPhone message?

Backing up your data is a good way to keep it secure. If you mistakenly delete these data, you can instantly restore them with the backup. One type of data you might want to back up is your SMS. These might be due to a variety of reasons. One might be to keep important memories that messages bring up. Other might be for legal reasons.

Whatever your reason might be, It is still good to backup your SMS. iTunes is not a good way to back up your SMS. The said app might be good for managing your data on all Apple devices. However, with iTunes, you are not able to back your data up selectively.

So, how do you backup iPhone message without iTunes? Well, check out our guide below:

Part 2. Backing Up your message without using iTunes

To backup iPhone message without iTunes, you can use a tool called FoneDog’s iOS Data Backup & Restore. Below are the features and advantages of the said tool:

01 - It is 100% secure. You won’t get any viruses or malware from the FoneDog Toolkit.

02 - The iPhone Restore feature will not overwrite any of your data. Thus, your data is kept safe and secure and will not be lost due to the processes the tool operate.

03 - During the restore process, no data loss occurs on any device you use.

04 - It allows you to back up any file (or even the whole iOS device) to your computer.

05 - It gives you the ability to preview the items you want to backup or restore. You are in control of these items.

06 - You can instantly restore the files you want from the specific backup to your device.

07 - You can also restore specific files you want from a backup to the computer itself.

08 - You are given a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, even after using it, you can ask for a full refund.

09 - You are given a free trial of the tool before purchasing it. In this way, you don’t have to shell out money before actually using the tool. You can check out all the features without having to pay for it first.

Here’s how to use FoneDog’s iOS Data Backup & Restore tool step-by-step:


When selecting data types, you have to select Messages or any other data type related to it to back up your SMS.

Part 1 Out Of 2: Backup Your SMS First

First, you have to backup your iPhone message without iTunes.

Here’s how to do it step-by-step:

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone and Install this Software

Simply connect your iPhone to your Windows PC or Mac device. Both types of devices are actually supported. Do this by using the USB connector that goes with the iOS device when you purchased it.

Install the software named FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Toolkit on your computer.

Launch the FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Toolkit on your computer. The software will instantly recognize the connected your iPhone.

Look at the main interface and select iOS Data Backup & Restore.

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Step 2: Select "iOS Data Backup" Mode

In this part, you have to choose iOS Data Backup in order to backup your iPhone message. After which, continue to follow the next steps.

Select Backup Mode

Step 3: Select iPhone message you want to Backup

Select the iPhone message that you want. You can either choose Standard Backup or Encrypted Backup. The second one allows you to protect your backup with a password. This is to ensure private information or any sensitive information is kept secure.

After you have chosen your preferred backup mode, press the Start button in order to continue.

The software will now show you the different files located on your iOS device. It will display the various categories on the screen.

These categories include Photos, App Videos, Messages & Attachments, Notes & Attachments, Calendar, Voice Memos, and Reminders, among others. Select the message you want to back up.

Click Next to back up your message.

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Step 4: Waiting for the backup information to end.

Wait for FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Toolkit to finish backing up your data. When it is complete, the name and the actual size of the backup file will be displayed.

You can either backup more data by choosing Backup More. Or you can also click Restore iOS Data to be able to restore the files you want from a backup file.

backup completed

Now, you have backed up your SMS. But what if you want to restore it.

Here’s how:

Part 2 of 2: Restoring Files To iOS Device Or To Your Computer (Windows Or Apple)

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Step 1. Move to "iOS Data Restore"

Connect the iPhone to your computer. Do this by using a USB connector. This comes with the device upon purchasing it.

Install the FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Toolkit on your computer. Both Mac devices and Windows PC devices are actually supported by this tool.

Open the FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Toolkit on your device. The said tool will easily recognize the iOS device you connected to your computer.

Look at the main interface. Select iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Select iOS Data Restore afterward.

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Step 2. Select the message you want to backup

After you have clicked iOS Data Restore, FoneDog Toolkit will show you all the backups you have. You will be able to see Name, iOS Version, Latest Backup Data, Serial Number, and Backup Size.

Select the backup file you want to preview.

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Step 3. Scanning the Backup Files.

Press the View Now button to preview the selected backup. FoneDog will start scanning the backup to check out the files contained within it. The progress of the scanning process will be displayed.

You can either press the Pause button to pause the process. Or, you can click the Stop button to finish the entire scanning process.

After the scanning process is complete, the files contained within the selected backup will be shown to you. You can preview all the files in it. From the left side of the screen, it will show various categories or classification.

Select a specific classification.

Select the files you want to be restored from a particular classification. You can preview each also.

Scanning Backup

Step 4. Restore Your iPhone message to iDevice or PC

Click Restore To Device to restore your files to the Apple device. Or, you can click Restore To PC to restore the files you selected to the Mac device or Windows PC.

Restore files

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Part 3. Conclusion

Your SMS can be very important to you. And it can actually be deleted by mistake. To avoid losing important SMS, you have to back them up. iTunes can be helpful but it won’t be able to back up your SMS selectively. That’s why you have to use FoneDog’s iOS Backup & Restore. This is a great tool that can help you back your SMS up and restore them again when you need it.

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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