Q:"Please help me! I just found out that there is a precious messages lost from my iPhone. But I recently backed up my data specifically on iTunes. It should work, right?" – From Joy
Don't be alarmed if you accidentally delete or unknowingly lose important messages from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Like Joy, iTunes backup is a relief, with which you can get extra chance to restore needed data. Considering that different users have different preferences, next we are going to showcase every step for 2 practical solutions. You can choose what you think is the best way to restore messages from iTunes backup at your own will.
- Part 1. Retrieve iOS Messages from iTunes Backup with iTunes
- Part 2. Find iOS Messages from iTunes Backup with Joyoshare
Part 1. How to Recover Messages from iTunes Backup Directly
Fact is that your iTunes can do a good job in not only backing up iDevice data but also restoring created backups. What you have to do is just connect your iOS device, such as iPhone, to iTunes. If you are not sure whether you can make it clearly, you are supposed to take a while to see complete steps as follows:
Step 1: Run iTunes and connect any iOS device you want to recover messages from;
Step 2: Once the required iOS device is detected and recognized successfully by iTunes, click on the device symbol and head to "Summary" > "Backups" > "Restore Backup";
Step 3: Confirm which iTunes backup is useful and press "Restore" button to start to retrieve it.
Note: This easy-to-operate and straightforward solution can quickly help you restore iTunes backup. However, you should also bear its drawbacks in mind: 1) erase previous iPhone data; 2) cannot selectively choose messages for recovery; 3) offer no access to preview files before restoration.
Part 2. How to Restore Only Messages from iTunes Backup
Here, Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery, is a hassle-free and sought-after iOS message recovery tool. It performs well in scanning and analyzing lost messages from iTunes backup at lightning-fast speed. By making the most of it, you will find that it generates no additional copy for scanned iOS data, which thus taking up less disk space when compared to its rivals.
Interestingly, this brilliant program also has powerful ability to connect multiple iOS devices at the same time and facilitates to preview photos, messages, audios, videos, etc. in real time before recovery. Furthermore, you can get chance to recover data in the form of HTML or CSV, or decide whether to convert HEIC to JPG. Apart from messages, more 20 kinds of data types, like photos, WhatsApp/Viber/Kik data, notes, reminders, Safari bookmarks, calendars, etc. can be supported as well.
Key Features of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:
3 smart recovery modes: recover from iDevice, iTunes and iCloud
Support the latest iOS 12 and iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
Restore lost data from various possible scenarios
Accomplish recovery process at fast speed and with high success rate
As long as your iPhone data, messages included, has been synchronized and backed up to iTunes, you have right to extract them under the help of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery. Here we take its Windows version as an example to guide you detailed operations.
Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and select recovery mode
Double click Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery on your desktop to get it run. Then go for the top menu bar to change recovery mode to "Recover from iTunes".
Step 2 Choose data types and scan iTunes backup
Joyoshare will display all your synced iTunes backups in order with backup date, file size, device model and more info shown explicitly. Go forward to pick up the most relevant backup and tap on the "gear" icon behind it to confirm data types. To restore messages, you can only tick "Messages & Attachments". Afterwards, click "Scan" button to begin to fetch files.
Step 3 Extract text messages from iTunes backup
Wait a moment until Joyoshare finishes scanning your selected iTunes backup. Then you are allowed to look through all recoverable results one after another. Go to "Messages" category to mark what you need. Or you can filter out needless data by choosing "Only show the deleted" option. Lastly to export your messages, simply hit the "Recover" button at the right bottom. Video Tutorial - How to Recover Deleted Messages from iTunes Backup