After purchasing, you'll be able to download the app onto your OS X 10.8+ or Windows 7/8 PC.
Messages Explorer is $19.99. It's the only Mac or PC app that can extract your messages and attachments directly from your iOS device. It is also the only Mac or PC app that can beautifully display and search your messages.
Messages Explorer can extract messages from an existing backup or create a new backup using an existing backup as a starting point to only download changed files from the iOS device.
For non-jailbroken iPhones on iOS 7, Messages Explorer uses the Mobile File Relay service that Apple maintains on the iOS device. On iOS 8, Messages Explorer makes a backup of the contents of your iOS device and extracts the messages from the backup. For jailbroken iOS devices, Messages Explorer will use AFC2 when available.
No. We put a lot of time in developing Messages Explorer. If you like what you see from the screenshots, please buy it. You'll love the app.
Yes, if you have the password it was encrypted with.
Messages Explorer can extract messages directly from your iPhone using the backup process or from an existing backup on iOS 8. The Mobile File Relay service was mostly disabled in iOS 8.