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3 Ways to Backup iMessages/Text Messages

Backup iMessages: Switching to a new phone, worried about important or personal iMessages? So why not back up text message to your iCloud account beforehand. In this way, you will save the risk of losing important messages in any scenario such as of accidental damage of phone, etc.

You can save all your chat from iMessage as well as normal messages into your iCloud account. In this article, we will tell you three methods to protect your chats of iMessage as well as SMS.

Protect iMessages/messages Through iCloud Backup

Before we tell how to back text on iCloud, let’s see what all things can be backed up on iCloud to give a clear picture. Following things can be backed up in your iCloud account which will help you restore your lost data and even if you want to switch to a different iOS device.

  • Text messages which include SMS text, MMs and iMessages.
  • Photo gallery, videos, phone ringtones and audio files.
  • Your purchased items from iTunes like music shows etc.
  • .All types of phone application present on your phone at the time of backup.
  • App data and passwords
  • Call logs, device settings, home screen content, voicemail.

Follow the steps below for backing up your text content on iCloud on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Before you start the backup check if sufficient space is available in iCloud. When You login to your iCloud account you will have 5GB storage for free if more space is required you can buy it from iTunes which will cost you 50GB for $0.99 per month.

1: Make sure your iPhone is connected to a good wifi network.

2: Head to Setting, click on your name and tap iCloud. For iOS 10.2 or earlier version user go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.

3: Now Tap iCloud Backup or click on backup for iOS 10.2. Also, make sure the iCloud Backup toggle is turned on.

4: Select backup now option and don’t interrupt wifi connection until the whole process of backup is done. Your backup will include iMessages and SMS along with the things mentioned above.

Protect your iMessages/Text Messages by sync into iCloud on iOS 11.4

With the iOS version of 11.4, you can now restore your messages in iCloud without saving into your phone memory. You will save some space in phone memory by keeping messages sync to iCloud. So what are you waiting for?

Upgrade your iPhone to the latest version to enable Messages in iCloud. This way you will be able to view your message in any device using your Apple ID.

Here is How You Can Update Your Phone to iOS 11.4 or Above

Settings select the General tab and now tap on the software update alert. Before you update make sure your phone has sufficient battery and is connected to a good wifi network.

Now after you are done updating your iPhone follow the step to Sync your messages to iCloud.

Step 1:  First you have to start with two-factor authentication, which ensures that only you can log in to your account even if someone knows your password. It adds an extra layer to your account protection.

For this tap on your username displayed on the top of the Settings page, now choose “Password & Security.” and then turn on the Two-Factor Authentication.

Step 2:  It’s time to enable messages on iCloud, for that head to your settings, and tab on the Apple ID settings. When this page opens tap on iCloud and turns on the toggle button of messages.


Now Onward all the messages of your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch will be saved in iCloud storage instead of phone’s memory.

To activates messages on your Mac laptops follow the step below:

  • First open messages application on mac
  • the tap on “Messages”, 
  • Now go to “Preferences’   
  • Select “Accounts” and check to see the box that displays “Enable this account.”

How to Backup iMessage/Messages without iCloud?

In Spite of iCloud being one of a convenient way to back up your phone data including messages, it is not always preferable in many scenarios. If you are using an older model of iPhone chance are that you may not be able to update your phone to iOS 11.4 or above.

Also what if the free space is not sufficient for you but you also don’t wish to pay extra amount for extra storage. In that case, there are many other ways and medium in which you can back up your iPhone’s data including iMessages as well as text messages.


There are three ways to back up your message without using iCloud, which are as follow:

  • Backup through iTunes
  • using a third-party software
  • Backup through connecting your iPhone to Mac or PC

Backup through iTunes

To backup messages along with all phone data to iTunes follow below procedure.

If you have turned on iTunes sync on your iPhone, all data including iMessages will automatically be backed up as soon as you connect your phone to your computer and open iTunes.


If the auto-syncing is off on your device here is what you can do.

  • Head to file
  • Go to devices
  • Select back up, Depending on the version of iTunes you use, right-click the device and choose the backup.

Backup Using a Third Party Software

If you don’t want to backup files and iMessages to iCloud or iTunes for any reason there several third party software which can help you to backup messages. Some of the popularly known software are Wonershare DrFone, Tenorshare iCareFone, Aiseesoft Fonelab, iMyFone iTransor, and more. 

Using this software you can not only backup your iPhone data but even restores your lost data and messages. We have mentioned this software with stepwise guidelines in our article named “iPhone disabled, recover iPhone without iTunes backup”. 

Click on the link below to know how to use this software to backup messages from your iPhone and also recover it if you lose your data.

Backup through connecting your phone to Mac or PC

You don’t have to worry about iCloud as you sync your old message. when you backup your old phone, text messages will be saved as part of the backup – either in the cloud or on your Mac or PC.

1) Plug your old iPhone and see if your Wi-Fi is working perfectly fine.

2) Now head to Settings and select Apple ID, now find your old iPhone click on it and see if your iCloud Backup is on.

3) You can select ‘Back Up Now’ to force a backup. But note that you are backing up Messages as part of this backup.

4) Go to Settings followed by Apple ID and then iCloud and check that Messages it turned on.

5) You can see how big your Message back up is in Manage Storage.


These were a few tried and tested steps to backup data from iPhone apps including iMessage and text messages.  Do let us know which one is your favorite. And for any question connect to us through the comment section below.

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