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How to View and Read Messages & iMessages in iTunes

“I have used iTunes to backup my messages and iMessages on iPhone. But it did not provide me the method to view these iTunes messages. I want to check the messages in iTunes so that I can decide whether it is necessary to make the backup again.”

When you use iTunes to backup iPhone data, you may come up the problem to view and read iPhone data like messages in iTunes. But as we known, iTunes backup file is a SQLite database that can not be accessed and view directly. When you try to view and read Messages and iMessages from iTunes, there us no any messages category for you to view. In this article, we will show you the clear guide about how to view and read Messages and iMessages in iTunes.

Way 1: Extract Messages & iMessages from iTunes Backup to Computer to View


You can use an iTunes backup extractor to extract Messages and iMessages from iTunes backup and then view them on your computer. Here we recommend iRefone to you. This is the professional software which designed to recover iOS data, as well as extract data in iTunes/iCloud backup. It supports to up to 16+ kinds of data including messages, notes, contacts, call history, photos, whatsapp, wechat and more. With the preview function, it allows you to preview these data in the software and selectively recover and extract these data as you like.

First of all, download and install the free version of the software to have a try.



Step 1. Choose iTunes Backup

Launch iRefone on your computer and choose the second recovery mode: Recover from iTunes Backup” on the recovery tab. Then all of the iTunes backup of iOS devices that synced with the computer will be detected and listed by the software automatically. Just choose the iTunes backup files you need.



Step 2. Choose Messages to Scan

Then the software will ask you to choose the data you want to preview and scan in iTunes backup. Click on the icon of Messages to start the scanning and analysis.



Step 3. Preview and Extract Messages in iTunes Backup

When the scanning is finished, all of the Messages that backed up in iTunes will be displayed in the interface. You could preview them one by one or choose these Messages you need to store them on your device directly or computer if necessary.


Way 2: View Messages and iMessages on iTunes by Restoring Backup to iOS Device


Step 1. Open iTunes and then connect your iOS device to it.

Step 2. Click the icon of iPhone, or icon of iPad if what you have connected is an iPad. And locate the Backups option.

Step 3. Click Restore Backup and iTunes will let you choose an iTunes backup. Click the one including iMessages you need to read.

Step 4. It will take some time to restore the whole backup, which is depending on the size of backup.

Step 5. After restoring, you can view your iMessages on the device.



We have listed these two ways to view and read Messages and iMessages in iTunes backup and each has advantages and disadvantages. Way 1 offers users more flexibility but it is not free. You can only use the free trial version to view your iMessages on its interface. Way 2 is free and comes from Apple. However, you cannot selectively restore what you need and restoring will overwrite your data in device. Choose the suitable way according to your own situation.
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