Extract Messages from iPhone Backup

Save iPhone Messages from a backup to your computer

  1. Download and Install iBackup Extractor.
  2. Start up iBackup Extractor by double-clicking the iBackup Extractor icon on your desktop.
  3. Select a backup from the dropdown menu which you would like to access.
  4. Click the Messages tab.
  5. Select the messages you would like to save, and click "Copy Selected Conversations"
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Copy messages to your computer

To view SMS, MMS and iMessage content on your backup, click the Messages icon in the category list in iBackup Extractor.

iBackup Extractor displays a list of contacts with whom you have had conversations with. Clicking on the contact in the list shows the text (SMS), multimedia (MMS) messages and iMessage sent and received in that conversation.

With a contact selected and a conversation displayed, click "Copy Selected Conversations" in the iBackup Extractor control bar to save that conversation to your computer.

Save messages to computer from iPhone backup

iBackup Extractor will copy the conversations into a .html file, which is saved into a folder selected by you (default is your computer desktop).

Each .html file containing the conversations is named after the individual contact with whom you had the conversations. You can open this .html file using a browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

If your conversations also contain images or pictures (MMS), iBackup Extractor will also copy these to your computer and embed them in the .html file saved.

Print messages from an iPhone backup

If you wish to print messages out from a backup made of your iPhone, simply select the messages you would like to print and click "Print" from the iBackup Extractor toolbar. You'll be presented with your PC or Mac's default print settings. When you're happy with the settings, hit Print.

Extract WhatsApp messages from a backup

iBackup Extractor can also access and extract messages sent and received using WhatsApp. If your backup contains such messages, they will be displayed under the WhatsApp header in the Messages tab in iBackup Extractor. As with other types of messages, simply click on a contact to open the conversation, then click "Copy selected Conversations" to copy the thread to your computer.

Extract WhatsApp messages from iPhone backup