Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac is a powerful tool that will move any SMS messages currently stored in a backup file on your Mac to a separate database where you can view them. This allows you to easily see all of your messages from a single backup folder without having to load them back onto a phone, especially useful for those that delete their SMS messages over time.
After installation, the app opens and prompts you to register. The free trial version limits how many SMS messages you can download, so if you enjoy the process, you'll want to upgrade later. For now, however, you can start moving SMS messages from any of the backup databases on your Mac. The software is fairly quick and easy to use and while there are some features blocked out in trial mode, you can click on either of the database options listed and it will allow you to load up a backup already on your machine and move messages from it. The process takes only a couple of seconds and the messages are laid out in an easy-to-read format within the window.
If you have a large volume of SMS messages in an iPhone or iPad backup file on your Mac and would like to be able to access them, either for specific information or to store for later, this is a useful app. The trial restrictions are tight and the cost for a full version is a bit high, but the tool has a solid interface and is very fast when restoring backed up messages. It's an all-around good tool.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac 2.12.08.