Backup iPhone Text Messages with Syphone
Backing up your iPhone text messages is made extremely easy thanks to a freeware utility called Syphone. Since the iPhone has a limited number of text messages it can store at any one time, Syphone allows you to backup all the text messages and read through the archived text messages yourself on your Mac in an easy to read iChat-like interface.
Syphone works for older iPhone models only with older iOS versions, but full feature list is quite nice:
* View synced iPhone SMS messages on your Macintosh
* Archive SMS messages
* Import/export SMS messages
* View SMS messages offline in an iChat-like interface with selectable colors
* Open Address Book contacts
* View the number of sent and received messages for each contact
* Support multiple iPhones
After downloading Syphone, all you’ll need to do is launch the program when your iPhone is connected and you’ll be able to start backing up all your iPhone SMS messages. The real question is, why does Apple not include this incredibly useful feature by default with iTunes?
Note: Syphone has not been updated to work with anything beyond iPhone 2.0 which sort of makes it useless for the time being unless you’re working with a much older iPhone model, thank you to Jack Frost for pointing this out
You can also choose to manually backup and read iPhone SMS backup files from your Mac or PC