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How to recover messages and attachments

Learn how to recover messages from any iCloud or iTunes backup. A step by step guide for iPhone messages recovery.

Added support and features
Full recovery
  • Deleted text, iMessages and attachments
  • Works with stolen or lost iPhones
Extended support
  • 2FA support
  • Export as CSV or HTML
Data preview
  • Messages preview
  • Choose messages before recovery
What will be extracted
Videos Videos
Messages Messages
Photos Photos
Sometimes backing up your iPhone every few months is not enough. Accidents happen, iPhones are broken, and people delete messages every day. If this sounds familiar, you're in the right place. Reincubate has helped thousands of customers recover lost messages from friends and loved ones.

  • 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
Recover messages and attachments from iCloud backups

1. Install iPhone Backup Extractor and connect to your iCloud account

Download and install the latest version iPhone Backup Extractor. From the left side menu, click on the "+" button and on "Preferences".

Go to the iCloud tab and login and connect to your iCloud account.

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 and download messages backups

Once connected, browse through your list of available backups, and preview contents for messages and attachments.

From 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 backups over the last 30 days.

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.

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Guide: Restore deleted text messages on your computer or Mac 2. The messages are downloaded from the iCloud
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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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