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2 Ways to Restore Only Messages to iPhone 12/11/XS/XR Without Data Loss

As the most commonly used instant messaging app, SMS naturally stores a lot of personal privacy data on iPhone. In order to avoid the loss of data, developing the good habits of backup can definitely help us reduce a lot of trouble. After the backup, you can simply retrieve deleted data by restoring the backup that you created.

However, restore from iTunes or iCloud backup is not the best solution, since the current data saved on your iPhone will be completely overwritten by the iTunes/iCloud backup. In other words, the iPhone data will be erased. Under this circumstance, you may be looking for the solutions to restore only messages or specific data to iPhone without overwriting the current data. Don’t worry, the tools and methods in introduced in this article will help you restore only messages to iPhone 12/11/XS/XS Max/XR.

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What is Required to Restore Only Text Messages to iPhone

FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS) is required to fill your need. Why FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore? It is one of the best program better than iTunes/iCloud to backup and restore your iOS data. The services you enjoy with this program is more than Apple’s official backup & restore tool. You have chance to select specific data you want to restore to another device, so that the whole restore process could be reduced. Keep reading to know more about FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore.


Restore only messages to iPhone without data loss: This program can simply restore only text messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, or other selected data to an iPhone or Android device.

Selectively backup iPhone data for free: It is completely free to back up all data or only the data you want for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Easy to use, no tech knowledge needed: You can follow the instructions on the interface to back up and restore iPhone with this program. Everyone can use it without any hassle.

Free trial version provided: The free trial version allows you to preview all of the data saved on iPhone, iTunes and iCloud backup.

How to Restore Only Text Messages from iTunes Backup to iPhone

Step 1. Start by installing and running this iOS Backup & Restore to your Mac or PC. Then choose the tool of ‘Backup & Restore’.


Step 2. Connect the device that you want to restore messages to computer. When the iPhone is detected by the program, select ‘Restore’ option.

choose restore option

Step 3. On the next screen, click ‘Restore from iTunes Backup’ from the left column and you will find a list of iTunes backup files. Select the iTunes backup that contains the text messages you want and tap on View or Next button.

choose itunes backup

Step 4. PR iOS Backup & Restore will analyze and display all the data on the selected iTunes backup.

preview messages

Step 5. Tick ‘Messages’ to check the contact details and click ‘Restore to Device’ to restore selected text messages to your iPhone.

restore messages from itunes

How to Restore Only Text Messages from iCloud Backup to iPhone

If the text messages are saved in iCloud, you could also use PR iOS Backup & Restore to restore messages from iCloud backup to iPhone. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Follow the first 3 steps above, then select ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’. You will be required to sign in to your iCloud with Apple ID and password.


Step 2. FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore program will detect all the iCloud backups with the same iCloud account. Choose one you want and click ‘Download’.


Step 3. After the downloading, you will be able to preview all the iCloud content displayed in category.


Step 4. Choose ‘Messages’ on the left column and click ‘Restore to Device’ to restore text messages from iCloud backup to iPhone.


Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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