The Best Way to Print Text Messages from iPhone

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How to print text messages from iPhone - Quick Steps

If you have text messages on your iPhone or iPad that you need to print out, our Decipher Tools tutorial will walk you through the simple steps on how to quickly export and print both text messages and iMessages.

Today there are over 1.3 billion iPhone users in the world. Like yourself, many iPhone users often have a situation arise where they need to print text messages that are currently on their device.

Why do people need to print iPhone text messages?

iPhone users have a myriad of reasons for needing to print text messages from their iPhone. Some of the more common reasons to print iPhone text messages include:

  • Court

  • Real estate transactions

  • Divorce or separation

  • Parents monitoring teen's texts

  • Human resources needs

  • General business purposes

  • Personal family matters

  • The passing of a loved one

How to Print Text Messages from iPhone

Follow these specific steps to print text messages from iPhone

  1. Backup your iPhone.

  2. Open Decipher TextMessage.

  3. Select your iPhone.

  4. Pick any contact with iPhone text messages you need to print.

  5. Choose "Export."

  6. Open the PDF and select "Print" to print the iPhone text messages.

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In order to print text messages from an iPhone you will want to first make a backup of the iPhone on your Mac or PC comptuer.. If you are currently using a Mac that runs either macOS Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, or Catalina, you can simply make a back up of your iPhone via the Finder. All other Windows and Mac users would continue to still back up their iPhone or iPad via Apple's iTunes software.

With your iPhone plugged into your computer you will see the option to "Back Up Now" like in the example below.

Choose Back Up Now to back up an iPhone and save text messages for SEC compliance.

When you launch Decipher TextMessage, your iPhone will appear in the left-hand column of the software. Here's a helpful example:

Launch Decipher TextMessage to start saving text messages for finanical compliance.

Select the iPhone.

Select an iPhone by clicking on the device so you can print out iPhone text messages.

After selecting the iPhone, all your iPhone contacts will then appear in the program. Pick a contact that has iPhone text messages that you want to print out.

Select a contact that has text messages you want to print from iPhone.

Choose "Export" and pick the "Current Conversation PDF" option. Your iPhone text messages will now be saved to your computer!

Choose "Export" to save iPhone text messages before you print them out.

Open the PDF on your PC or Mac and choose "Print" in your PDF viewer to print out the iPhone text messages. Here's an example PDF of exported iPhone text messages.

Open the PDF containing financial firm text messages and print them out for evidence or compliance regulations.

Note: When you print the iPhone text messages as a PDF, the time/date stamp and contact information will appear on every single text message both sent and received! This is a unique preference of Decipher TextMessage and a feature that is helpful for documenting, evidence, and archiving purposes.

Answers to common questions about printing iPhone text messages

Can I print iPhone text messages directly from the phone itself?
No. You would need a Mac or Windows computer in order to print your iPhone text messages.

What software is recommended for printing iPhone text messages?
Decipher TextMessage is a desktop program that runs on any Windows or Mac computer and the software will give any iPhone user the ability to save and print text messages.

Do I have to back up my iPhone in order to print text messages?
Yes. Backing up your iPhone on your PC or Mac is required in order to print iPhone text messages.

What if I don’t have enough space on my computer to back up my iPhone?
If you computer hard drive is nearly full and you are unable to back up your iPhone on your PC or Mac, Decipher TextMessage gives you the option to make a “text only” backup from within the program in order to minimize hard drive space requirements.

What format are the text messages in when I print them out?
Most iPhone users like to print their text messages as a PDF document. The "Export Current Conversation as PDF" option in Decipher TextMessage will generate a PDF file of your iPhone text messages and include any photo attachments in-line as part of the messages.

Are my iPhone text messages stored on the internet?
No. When you save and print your iPhone text messages with Decipher TextMessage, all your text messages are private on your PC or Mac computer. You are the only one with access to your data.

Will I see the time/date stamp on my PDF print out of my iPhone text messages?
Yes! When you print your iPhone text messages as a PDF file, the document will contain the time/date stamp and contact info on every single text message both sent and received! This is very useful for documentation purposes.

Print Text Messages from iPhone - Video Tutorial

Our YouTube video will walk any iPhone user through how to save and print iPhone text messages on your Mac or PC. Click below to watch the short tutorial!

Do you need further help with printing iPhone text messages?

If you need any help assistance with printing your iPhone text messages out, simply contact us via our Decipher Tools support page and someone from from either our San Francisco or Phoenix offices will get back to you. Good luck with your iPhone text message printing!