“I would like to access my old SMS backup for my iPhone 4S, I know the location of the backup, but I can not find the messages file and unable to extract text message from iPhone Backup. I know that restore my iPhone from iTunes backup can get these SMS back, the problem is when syncing with iTunes it would backup all sorts of iPhone data. What I am interested is to have browse and extract my old iPhone SMS text messages on my computer – is this possible at all.”
Access and View iTunes backup is not easy, the iTunes back file is a special file format; we are not allowed to access and view. generally, we recommend restore your iPhone from backup to recover old data, but this way exist some issues: if you choose restore sms from iTunes backup means all your current data on your iPhone will be overwritten and they are replaced by the previous data include photos, contacts, notes, reminder, calendar and so on. So we usually don’t recommend this method.
Actually, there is an iTunes backup viewer tool-iFonebox could help to Browse & extract SMS messages from iTunes backup, it’s very easy to use, With this tool you can quickly access to iTunes backup and export SMS messages to your specified folder on your computer. What’s more you are allowed to selectively export data other than the entire file. Besides, you can also browse and extract photos, contacts, notes, voice memos, etc
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