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How to recover messages and attachments

Here's a guide to help you recover deleted text messages, iMessages, and attachments from iCloud and iTunes backups with iPhone Backup Extractor.

What does iPhone Backup Extractor Do?
Recovers deleted messages
  • Finds deleted texts, iMessages and attachments
  • Works with stolen or lost iPhones
Supports new iOS features
  • Works with 2FA protected accounts
  • Works with encrypted backups
Previews messages
  • Allows you to preview texts
  • Lets you choose which message to recover
How to use our iOS data recovery tool for deleted messages
Videos Videos
Messages Messages
Photos Photos
iPhone Backup Extractor is a data recovery software that helped millions of people recover texts and messages from iCloud backups and from encrypted or unencrypted iTunes backups.

We believe that recovering lost messages from iCloud or iTunes should be an easy and safe process. We built a data recovery tool that works with all iOS versions, and with hardened encryption changes released by Apple.

Our data recovery software is free to try. With the free edition you can try recovering up to 4 deleted messages, and play with our demo iCloud account. You can also preview chats and attachments before recovering deleted texts. When you activate your email address you also get to preview the iCloud devices associated with your iCloud email address.

The software helps you find old messages and extracts them along with attachments, from both iCloud and iTunes, even if you lost your iPhone or if you accidentally delete them. You can export messages to your computer in a nicely formatted HTML or PDF file which replicates the text messages with attachments, as you would see them on your iPhone.

Try our solution and recover deleted iMessages, texts and attachments today.

  • 1. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor. Activate your license;
  • 2. Connect to an iCloud account or local iTunes backup;
  • 3. Browse through discovered backups and find the messages you've deleted;
  • 4. Preview and recover them one by one or recover them in bulk;
  • 5. Export messages as HTML files, and save attachments to your computer.
You will need
Win and Mac Windows or macOS computer
iCloud iCloud backup and credentials
iTunes Or an iTunes backup and credentials
Latest iPBE Latest iPhone Backup Extractor version
How to recover deleted texts and messages with iPhone Backup Extractor

1. Install iPhone Backup Extractor and connect to a backup

Download and install the latest version iPhone Backup Extractor. From the left side menu, click on the "+" button once, then again on the "+" sign to add a local iTunes backup or an iCloud backup.

If your iPhone is plugged into to your computer, you will see it show up automatically in the sidebar. With iPhone Backup Extractor you can safely recover deleted messages from iTunes backups, including encrypted ones. You need to know your password if your backup is encrypted.

if you are adding an iCloud account, you also need to know the email address and password for your iCloud account. iPhone Backup Extractor works with 2FA. Read this article to see how to use 2FA and get a code that grants access to your iCloud backups.

The connection is SSL secured and we never store your details. We recommend enabling 2FA authentication to ensure nobody else can recover your data.

2. Browse your backups and search for deleted messages

Once connected, browse through your list of available backups, and preview contents for messages and attachments. The iCloud and iTunes backups you have made over time are listed in the right side menu. The easiest way to recovering deleted texts is to choose the most recent backup, and download it.

To download only your messages, go to the "Categories" tab, select "Messages" and download a backup of your messages on your computer.

iPhone Backup Extractor will recover all deleted SMS, texts, and iMessages available in iCloud and iTunes backups. When you are using an iCloud backup to recover deleted messages, you can only get back those texts that were sent over the past 30 days, not older.

To recover texts and messages that are older than 30 days, you need to connect your iTunes backups.

3. Extract and retrieve messages locally

After the download process is finished, you have multiple options to extract your messages. If you need to see them before extraction, use the "Preview" tab. If you need to recover them in bulk, use "Overview" mode.

You'll be asked how you want to recover the messages. Choose HTML and select a folder for messages extraction.

If the messages have videos or images attached, you will find these files in a separate “Data” folder.

Recover deleted text messages on iPhone 1. iCloud sign-in
Guide: Restore deleted text messages on your computer or Mac 2. The messages are downloaded from the iCloud
Retrieve text messages from iOS 3. The messages are succesfully downloaded
Extract deleted text messages from your iPhone 4. Messages extraction
Extract deleted text messages as HTML 5. Extract messages as HTML
Get back deleted text messages from iPhone 6. Succesful recovery

For iTunes backups
From the left side of iPhone Backup Extractor, select the iTunes backup file with your messages and attachments.

To extract all your SMS, use the same procedure described at the third step of the iCloud method.

The Free version of the iPhone Backup extractor can be downloaded and installed on your Windows or Mac. You can test it to see how it works. Buy a Basic license to benefit from full iTunes support (support for encrypted backups) or a Premium plan for full iCloud support.
Supported backups, iOS versions and devices

Devices Full support for all iOS devices iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iOS All iOS's are covered iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower
Backups Compatible with all backups Corrupted backup, Encrypted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup

Data privacy and security Developed with users' security in mind, the iPhone Backup Extractor is now used by various security organisations, governments and law enforcement.

iPhone Backup Extractor is clean of any kind of malware. Your iCloud credentials are not stored in any way on our servers.
Full support for encrypted and unencrypted backups Compatible with iCloud accounts protected with 2FA Works with Windows and Mac
Want to learn more?

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iPhone Backup Extractor can also be used to recover attached photos in messages, deleted photos sent via SMS, attached videos in iMessages, and other types of deleted messages, including deleted WhatsApp messages, deleted chat history, deleted calls, deleted contacts.

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