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
- Allows you to preview texts
- Lets you choose which message to recover
How to use our iOS data recovery tool for deleted messages
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
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.
To extract all your SMS, use the same procedure described at the third step of the iCloud method.
iPhone Backup Extractor is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and any macOS version from 10.7 and above. See below:
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Here’s a photo of our founder Aidan (the tall guy) meeting Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after Reincubate was awarded the UK’s highest business award for our work since 2008 on developing this technology. We invented the iPhone Backup Extractor, the first tool on the market for iOS data recovery. We’re on a mission to help people make the most of their data in an ethical, transparent way. You can read more about Reincubate, our values, and our position on privacy and data security.
Can we improve this guide and help others recover more of their data, or have we helped you with your recovery? We’ve been doing this for 10 years but there’s always room to improve, and we love hearing how people get on. Why not drop us an email at the address below, or tweet us @reincubate?