How to Export and Save iPhone Text Messages and iMessages

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How to save and export iPhone text messages and iMessages.

With millions of text messages sent and received daily around the world, many iPhone users often need to export text messages from their iPhone to computer. Today’s Decipher Tools tutorial will guide you through the steps so you can quickly save your SMS text messages and iMessages and print them out. We also have a helpful YouTube video below that will show you the detailed step-by-step instructions for saving text messages from iPhone.

Items needed to export iPhone text messages

  • Windows or Mac computer

  • iTunes

  • Decipher TextMessage

In order to save and print text messages, you’ll need to have access to either a Windows or Mac computer. In order to backup your iPhone on your PC or Mac, iTunes is required. If you need a copy of iTunes we recommend you access it from Apple’s official website. Note: For Mac users running macOS 10.15 Catalina, you can simply select your device in the Finder window and then you will see the option to back up. Lastly, you'll need Decipher TextMessage, the desktop program that will read-in all your text messages and let you export them as a PDF.


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Follow these steps to save iPhone text messages and iMessages

Step 1: Back up your iPhone.
Step 2: Run Decipher TextMessage.
Step 3: Select an iPhone.
Step 4: Pick a contact that has text messages or iMessages you want to save.
Step 5: Choose "Export Current Conversation PDF".
Step 6: Open the exported iMessages and text messages that are saved on your computer


Decipher TextMessage will read in and display all your iPhone text messages and iMessages:

Screenshot example of Decipher TextMessage to see how to save text messages and iMessages to computer

After you save your iMessages and text messages to your computer as a PDF you can print or email your the text messages to anyone!

Pro Tip: Decipher TextMessage has a special preference unique to the program that displays the contact name, phone number, and time stamp / date on every single text message sent and received! This is helpful or business documentation or for anyone that needs to save or print text messages for court, trial, or evidence.

Display contact on every single iPhone text messages and iMessage print out

When you export iPhone text messages as a PDF file here's a helpful screenshot example of how the messages look on your computer before you print them out:

PDF example of when you save and export iMessage and text messages to your computer

Video instructions to save iPhone text messages

Follow along with our YouTube video for detailed tips on saving iPhone text messages:

If you need any additional help or guidance to save iMessages or text messages from your iPhone, simply contact us through our support page and we'll drop you a note back to assist!



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