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How to Backup iPhone SMS Without iTunes

Athryn Mitchell

Mobile phone analyst, Editor-in-Chief of TransPhone. Find more on her Fackbook or Google+.

SMS stands for Short Messaging Service which is the earliest messages service and has the highest penetration rate in the world. With the development of SMS, EMS and MMS based on SMS, come to us and allow users to send many kinds of files. As for these changes, SMS occupies an important position, so some vital matters would also be negotiated via messages. That is one reason of why people would seek for methods to back up their SMS on smart-phones including iPhone.

For the sake of backing up SMS from iPhone, iTunes can be an assistant, but it doesn't offer hands to back up some of them., while iOS Transfer gives a safe way and lets all text messages stream from iPhone to PC integrally or just switches those filtered messages from iPhone 6s Plus/6s/6/6 Plus/5s/5/4s. Besides, you can also read the SMS with iOS Transfer on PC or print them out as a file.
iOS Transfer – a messages transmitter

This transmitter works for contacts, music, photos, etc transporting in addition to SMS. It is possible to manage your iOS contents orderly when you launch it.

Step 1 Install iOS Transfer
Go to download iOS Transfer which supports iOS 6/7/8, from this website at first and install it on computer. After that, plug your iOS device to PC with USB cable.
Main Window
Note: You're required to install iTunes on your PC in the process of applying iOS Transfer.

Step 2 Copy Text Messages from iDevice
Click "SMS" option on the left list and choose the messages that you like to export. Right-click to choose "Export Selected Messages" > "CSV File/HTML File/TXT File".
Exported Message from iDevice
Note: You can choose check the message content on the right side. At the same time, turn to "Export to" > "Export All Messages" to transfer the whole SMS to PC.
Export All Messages
Step 3 Preview Exported SMS
When the text messages and photos are outputed, open the folder to view the detail or even print out those contents. Here the three formats: CSV, HTML and TXT, are outputed and presented as below
Preview Exported Messages
Note: CSV file and TXT file do not include images but they will keep images as an attachment. What's more, if you'd like to print iPhone text messages, you can connect PC to printer.

Just as you can see, the results exported without iTunes are the same as your what is in your iPhone. In fact, music, contacts, videos on iPhone could be the same as those on PC after you execute this transmitting with iOS Transfer.

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