Got a ton of messages on your brand new iPhone 6? You don’t need to keep it saved on your iPhone all the time even if your iPhone boasts a large storage up to 128G. For one thing, that is not a secure way, because data loss happens from time to time, for another, the messages attachment, such as photos, voices file, and videos do take up much storage space.
Why, you may wonder, should I transfer the messages and message attachment from my iPhone to my computer for backup since I keep syncing my iPhone with iTunes? Well, iTunes is of great help in backing up an assortment of data including photos, contacts, health, calendar accounts, safari bookmarks, offline web app cache, notes and Messages (iMessage and carrier SMS or MMS pictures and videos) and so on. You can locate your iTunes back up file on your computer with ease. And the locations depend on your computer's operating system.
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
The "~" represents your Home folder. If you don't see Library in your Home folder, hold Option and click the Go menu.
Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata%, then press Return.
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, then choose Run. In the search bar, type %appdata%, then click OK.
You will find that the backup file is not readable, meaning you cannot click and open the file for previewing. You may restore your iPhone with this backup file, but there is risk of data overriding. In other words, you can only recover the entire backup to your iPhone, and you cannot choose the messages only to recover.
Conclusively, you need a third-party software to extract the messages exclusively. iFonebox
is such kind of application which enables you to extract the messages and the attachment only and transfer them to PC or Mac to save some storage space for your iPhone as well as save another readable backup.
You can download a free trial version to have a try, but you need to buy a registered version if you want to extract the messages virtually.
Today, we would like to show you how to extract and transfer messages to your computer with the Mac version of iFonebox.
Step 1: Plug in your iPhone and launch iFonebox
Get your iPhone connected to your Mac and then set off the iFonebox. You will be presented with the interface below. Hit the bottom button of “Start”.
Step2: Choose “Messages” and “Messages Attachment”
Click the icon of Messages and Messages Attachment to extract the messages and messages attachment.
Step3: Preview and Transfer
Finally, you arrived at the interface of extracting. You can choose to transfer all the messages to your Mac, or part of them. You can also modify the messages before extracting and transferring.