How to Extract iMessages from an iTunes Backup

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The iMessages stored on our phones are as important as all other files. They may contain important information, memories, work related data and so on. But what happens when you delete them by mistake? Or what happens if your iPhone gets damaged or lost? There are a few ways to recover iMessages, even if you can’t find them on your iPhone anymore.

If you make a habit out of backing up your data and syncing your iPhone to iTunes, then you have nothing to worry about. iTunes creates a copy of your data every time you’re syncing your iPhone, and it saves the file on your computer’s hard drive, so that you can use it for future restores or to extract files, such as iMessages.

Apple only lets iPhone owners to use these backup files by restoring them to the device, for security reasons. It can even be restored on a completely new iPhone, which can be filled with the data that you had on your old device. The tricky part is that if you only want to extract iMessages from an iTunes backup, you won’t be able to. Extracting individual files is not an option because retrieving data from iTunes backup files involves overwriting all of your current data with what is contained in the backup file.

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The Only Option to Extract iMessages from iTunes Backup

Recovering iMessages from an iTunes backup file can be done with the help of a 3rd-party tool that specializes in data recovery. Enigma Recovery is a software tool that allows you to recover and extract iMessages from iTunes backup files, without endangering any of the data. All you have to do is download and install it on your computer (it works the same for Mac and Windows), and then follow a few easy steps.

Enigma Recovery can also be used to recover, retrieve and extract:

  • Photos (from backup file)
  • Videos (from backup file)
  • Contacts
  • iMessages
  • Calendar Entries
  • Internet History (from backup file)
  • WhatsApp History (from backup file)
  • Call History
  • Notes
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How to Extract iMessages from iTunes Backup

After downloading Enigma Recovery on your computer, follow the next steps to extract iMessages from aniTunes backup:

Step 1 – Open Enigma Recovery

Enigma recovery software install screen

After installing it, open the software.

Step 2 – Recover iMessages from iTunes

Recover iMessages from iTunes

For recovering iMessages from iTunes backup file, click on “Recover from iTunes Backup” on the left side menu.

Step 3 – Choose the iTunes backup file

Select iTunes backup file

On this step, you’ll be able to see all of the available backup files. Pick the one that you want to extract iMessages from and then hit the “Next” button.

Step 4 – Recover Data

Step 4 - Select iMessages

At this point you have to choose what data type you want to extract. You can choose to recover only iMessages, or all the data by clicking on “Select all”.

Step 5 – View extracted iMessages and export

Export iMessages data

After the software is done with recovering your data, on the left side menu you can click on each data type to view them in detail. After choosing what you wish to extract, click on “Export”. The files will be transferred to your computer in a location of your choosing.


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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