How to Save / Print iPhone Text Messages with the Name and Contact on Every SMS Message

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Jay Walsh

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Today's tutorial is a how-to-guide that will help you save iPhone text messages to your computer with the contact listed on each individual text message. This is especially useful for business or legal purposes when a user needs to document not only the entire SMS message thread but also who specifically sent and received every individual SMS text message or iMessage. This tutorial is only for iPhone users and does not currently apply to Android or Samsung devices.

iPhone Text Messages - Displaying and saving SMS messages from the Messages app on your iPhone to your computer

Apple's Messages app displays text messages on the iPhone without the contact name next to each individual message. The recipient name is only listed at the very top of the entire conversation thread. Most iPhone users will already be familiar with this experience and how the Messages app presents the data on the phone. While this format is easy on the eyes and makes for a better flow of the text message conversation, it doesn't work well for verifying the sender and recipient of each specific message.

Messages app showing contact on each text message

Decipher TextMessage provides iPhone users with the option to save text messages to their computer with the name and contact information on each individual message. A user can choose "preferences" in the software menu and select the option to “Show Contact On Every Message.” After enabling this feature, all the exported iPhone text messages will conveniently have the device name and phone number displayed on every single text message within that specific SMS thread.

Show Contact on Every Message option in Decipher TextMessage

Step-by-step instructions to save iPhone text messages with the the contact and phone number on every individual message

  1. Backup your iPhone via iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer.
  2. Download and install Decipher TextMessage on your computer.
  3. Select your iPhone in the left-hand column of the software.
  4. Choose "Preferences" and select "Show Contact on Every Message."
  5. Select "Export" and save / print the text messages on your PC or Mac.

After saving your text messages from your iPhone to your computer, you can then open the exported file in your local web browser and it will display all your saved messages with the contact on each individual text message. From there, you can print out your iPhone text messages or save your SMS messages in PDF format so that you can email the entire sms history thread to anyone in your network.

save text messages to PC with contact on every message

Everyone has different needs regarding how and why they save text messages to their PC or Mac. Enabling the Decipher TextMessage feature of showing the iPhone contact on every single text message gives users the ability to accurately document the sender and recipient on each specific text / SMS/ iMessage, no matter how short or long that specific message is. We developed this feature as a result of our thousands of customers around the world coming to us saying that this would be a useful feature when printing text messages for court, trial, or legal reasons. We've also heard from many customers who use this feature regularly to document all their business text messages chats.

how to print and PDF iPhone text messages

If you have any questions about this feature or need help exporting your text messages to your PC or Mac with the contact applied to each messages, just drop us a support email and we'll be happy to respond! We're a USA based company (San Francisco and Phoenix) and we reply to everyone!