The Best Ways to Save Text Messages Forever - Android and iPhone

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Learn how to save text messages forever on your computer or hard drive. Don't lose your important text messages!


For almost every mobile phone user, there will come a time where you suddenly need to retain and save copies of your text messages.

When this happens, many individuals need the messages captured quickly and want to be able to save the text messages forever so that copies of the SMS conversations can be stored for safekeeping and referenced in perpetuity.

Whether you have an iPhone or Android device, figuring out what the best options are to save text messages forever can be exhausting. If you want to be able to keep copies of important SMS messages archived indefinitely today's blog will help.

Start out by choosing whether you want to save text messages forever from an Android phone or an iPhone.

Launch and run the recommended program of your choice and save a few text messages to see if the software is right for your needs.

You should also make sure you backup your iPhone or Android phone. Keep in mind that a backup is required in order to save your text messages forever.

After backing up, don't forget to full export the text messages and ensure that they are safe and sound on your computer for the years to come.

Let's begin by walking through the various steps on how to save your text messages forever so that you can document and keep all your SMS and text message conversations indefinitely.

iPhone - Quick steps to save text messages forever

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer.
  2. Backup your iPhone.
  3. Launch Decipher TextMessage and pick a contact that has text messages you need to save forever.
  4. Choose Export as PDF to save the text messages.

Android - Quick steps to forever save text messages

  1. Open a Gmail email account if you don't have one.
  2. Enable the IMAP feature.
  3. Launch SMS Backup+ and select Connect.
  4. Accept the prompt to Backup. All your text messages will start backing up to Gmail and can save them forever.

Why would I need to keep text messages long term into the future?

Everyday millions of individuals around the world have different needs to save and export text messages. Often times the need is sudden and the mobile user has an urgent deadline to transfer the text messages. For others, the need more of an ongoing weekly or monthly requirement.

  • To keep text messages from loved ones.

  • The need to save text messages for a court or trial.

  • Retain text messages forever of a family member who has died.

  • Text messages from a relationship to preserve memories.

  • Lawyers or law enforcement who save text messages forever as evidence.


To copy iPhone text messages to your computer forever you'll need the desktop program Decipher TextMessage. When you run the software on your computer the program will automatically read in any existing iTunes backups that reside on your PC or Mac.

If you don't see your iPhone in the left-hand column of the program, all you have to do is initiate a backup of the phone via iTunes (or if you are running Catalina via the Finder) and then the next time you open Decipher TextMessage all your text messages and iMessages will be conveniently imported into the program. You can then save them and print them out to keep copies of your SMS messages long term.

Decipher TextMessage maintains its own text message and iMessage history on your PC or Mac. If you ever lose your mobile phone or your text messages are accidentally erased or deleted on your device, you can then still access all the SMS history that resides in Decipher TextMessage on your computer.

Privacy - When you save text messages forever using Decipher TextMessage, all your text message data is local and private on your personal computer. The user controls everything!

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Save text messages forever - iPhone

Follow these steps to save text messages forever on an iPhone

  1. Backup your iPhone on your computer.
  2. Open Decipher TextMessage.
  3. Select your iPhone.
  4. Pick any contact that has text messages you want to save forever.
  5. Select Export to save the text messages to your PC or Mac computer as a PDF.

Here is an example of how Decipher TextMessage displays your contacts, text messages, and iMessages:

Example screenshot of Decipher TextMessage which lets people save text messages forever on their computer

When you export the messages forever with Decipher TextMessage, they are saved in a PDF file and appear with the chat bubble formatting just as they would on your iPhone or iPad.

Pro Tip: The text messages also have the time and date stamp on every single message which is helpful for court, legal matters, or any business that need to accurately document who sent and received every single text message!

Screenshot of text messages in a PDF file when saving messages forever

Once the text messages are saved you can open the PDF document and print out the text messages and iMessages or email the text messages to friends or colleagues.

How to Text Message Forever - Video Instructions for iPhone

For iPhone users, we have a helpful video that shows you the step-by-step instructions so you can save your text messages forever.


For exporting text message on Android devices there is a helpful program called SMS Backup+ that is a great tool to accomplish this task. The software works in conjunction with any Gmail email account to let users backup, save, and print their text messages.

Detailed Steps to save text messages - Android

  1. Make sure you have a Gmail email account.
  2. Open Gmail and enable IMAP.
  3. Install and launch SMS Backup+.
  4. Choose "connect" and allow access to your contacts.
  5. Accept the send and view permissions for SMS prompt.
  6. With your Gmail account connected choose "Backup" in SMS Backup+.
  7. When the backup completes you will now have copies of your important text messages saved forever!
  8. Print the text messages and download them offline for safekeeping.

Here are a few product screenshots to give you an example of the app's intuitive and simple instructions and interface.

Screenshot of software to save Android text messages forever to computer

Pro Tip: After using SMS Backup+ to save the text messages to your computer, you can also at a later date choose to restore the saved text messages back on to your Android phone!

If you need to dive in deeper with SMS Backup + they have further instructions on their helpful website about how to get up and running.


Both Decipher TextMessage and SMS Backup+ have user reviews on their product support sites. Even if your need to document your text messages forever and preserve them is not urgent at the current time, we recommend that you get a head start on the process and backup up your device!

If you have any questions or need further assistance with saving your text messages forever, drop us an email via our contact page and we'll be happy to respond from our Decipher Tools Headquarters in San Francisco or Phoenix!