It’s a simple thing to backup the iPhone through iTunes but as far as we know, it has been somewhat confusing to backup iPhone SMS to Computer through iTunes.
We all know that most of the data on the iPhone, like photos, videos, documents etc. can be backed up via iTunes through the backup option. But did you know that you can even save those messages?
Here’s how copy iPhone text messages to PC (Windows and Mac):
You just have to backup your iPhone just as you usually do through iTunes. Once you’ve done that, locate this folder:
On XP – C:\Documents and Settings\your_name_here\Application Data\
On Vista / Win 7 – C:\Users\your_name_here\AppData\Roaming
On Mac – User -> Library -> Application Support -> Mobile Sync -> Backup – > [ID]
Now, on the folders, you should search for a file with the extension: .mdbackup or .mddata. That is usually the file containing all your messages. All you have to do is open with notepad or textEdit (Mac).
iTunes lets you copy text messages from iPhone to computers making it easy to save your SMSes. This way, you can transfer iPhone text messages to PC easily and thereby create a safe SMS backup option. For most of us, Text messages are often an important thing to backup. Of course, quite a lot of usual chatter happens over SMS but many people store important codes, passwords or numbers / dates on SMSes. This way of backing up phone SMS makes it easy for people to protect all this data.
Most of us think that iTunes only backs up some of the data on iPhone but almost everything is backed up right from the apps to the text messages you have on your phone. Only thing you need is that you’ll have to find the file manually. Once you do that, you can view the text messages in your Notepad (if you’re on Windows) or TextEdit (on Mac).
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