Decipher TextMessage Release Notes

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April 20, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.5.5

  • Fixes an issue saying you do not have permission to create a file when exporting a daily message count PDF.
  • Bug fixes.

April 16, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.5.3

  • Improves the user interface when exporting a single PDF, CSV, or text file of a conversation.
  • Improved support for latest macOS Sonoma updates.
  • Bug fixes.

April 4, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.5.1

  • This update replaces the Decipher TextMessage 17.5.0 update.
  • Fixes issues updating Decipher TextMessage on Windows.
  • Fixes issue where very latest messages were not being added to the program from a new backup.
  • Support for backups made with iOS 17.5 beta 1.

March 15, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.4.4

  • Fixes issues launching the program on Windows.

March 14, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.4.3

  • Fixes a crash on Windows when using the recover button.
  • Reduces memory consumption while creating a backup.

March 12, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.4.2

  • Fixes an issue importing messages sent/received in the past few minutes before an iPhone backup was made.
  • Fixes missing play button on video thumbnails on Windows.
  • Bug fixes.

February 23, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.4.0

  • Fixes issues making a new backup after making a backup not including Messages attachments.
  • Adds an option (off by default) to not show numbers for contacts with names.
  • Bug fixes.

February 5, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.3.2

  • Faster generation of thumbnail images on macOS.
  • Faster generation of thumbnail images on Windows when HEVC & HEIF codecs are installed from Microsoft.
  • Support for iOS 17.4 beta.
  • Bug fixes.

January 25, 2024 - Decipher TextMessage 17.3.0

  • Updates to support newer Windows iPhone drivers.
  • Fixes a font issue affecting dates in PDFs generated in macOS Sonoma.
  • Better display of video attachments for some videos.
  • Bug fixes.

December 27, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.2.4

  • Fixes issues when selecting a conversation and generating thumbnails on macOS.
  • Improves error messages for some problems making a backup on Windows.

December 27, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.2.3

  • Adds device multiple selection. Hold the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (macOS) key to select multiple iPhones/iPads from the left column to view/export merged conversations from more than one device.
  • Fixes a crash on macOS x86_64 when selecting some conversations.

November 28, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.1.9

  • Fixes an issue where Contacts are not importing into Decipher TextMessage.

November 24, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.1.7

  • Better support for text messages only backup on Windows.
  • Fixes a crash on x86_64 macOS.
  • Bug fixes.

November 21, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.1.6

  • Improvements to error messages and in-app help for text messages only backup.
  • Adds an option to right-click on a contact and name/rename a contact.
  • Bug fixes.

October 24, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.1.2

  • Text Messages Only Backup UI: Fixes for USB connected device detection for older macOS versions and Windows 7/8.
  • Bug fixes.

October 13, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.1.0

  • Text Messages Only backup UI includes information about whether the PC/Mac detects an iPhone connected via USB, and at what USB connection speed.
  • Native arm64 macOS support.
  • Adds regular expression searching to the filter bar over the contacts in the center column. If you start the text with exactly regex: then the search will run as a regular expression of whatever is after the regex:.
  • Bug Fixes.

August 4, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.0.3

  • Improvements to "Delete All Hidden Messages" to massively speed it up.
  • Adds support for location sharing events.

June 15, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 17.0.0

  • Support for the first iOS 17 beta.
  • Adds "Reveal Backup's Folder" button to the View/Manage Backups window.

June 2, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.5.9

  • Support for latest macOS Ventura update 13.4.
  • Adds starting page number option to PDF Date Range export to assist with adding additional pages to an existing document.
  • Adds option to save a list of phone numbers with Messages app history.
  • Bug fixes.

May 3, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.5.6

  • Support for latest iOS 16.5 betas.
  • Improvements to registration error messages.
  • Bug fixes.

April 7, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.5.3

  • Fixes an issue reading older iOS backups.
  • Improved error messages for some errors making an iPhone backup.

April 6, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.5.1

  • Fixes an issue where there is a very long delay opening the main program window on Windows.
  • UI clarifications and improvements.
  • Improves support for importing messages data from macOS Messages on macOS 13.3 Ventura update.
  • Fixes an issue where the Recover window would sometimes not open on macOS.

March 13, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.4.5

  • Improvements to registration window and license code entry.

March 8, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.4.4

  • Bug fix and better clarity when a date range PDF export has no messages for the selected range.

March 3, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.4.3

  • Bug fixes.

February 22, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.4.0

  • Bug fixes.

February 14, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.3.8

  • Improvements to disk access instructions for macOS Ventura.
  • Adds estimated time remaining to back up window.
  • Bug fixes.

February 02, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.3.6

  • Bug fixes.
  • Improvements to view/delete backup window.

January 27, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.3.4

  • Adds Manage Backups window to trash/recycle texts-only backups.
  • Fixes a crash importing iOS 3-9 backups.

January 22, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.3.2

  • Improved support for backups with missing/broken text message attachment images.
  • Bug fixes.

January 6, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.3.0

  • Improved support for iOS 16.3 beta backups.

January 2, 2023 - Decipher TextMessage 16.2.4

  • Improvements to Text-Only Backups to reduce likelihood of backup errors due to the PC/Mac falling asleep.
  • Improvements to the Search All Conversations window.
  • Speed up message importing by delaying search indexing.
  • Removes duplicates from some older group chat conversations.
  • Bug fixes.

December 2, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.2.2

  • Speed improvements for importing backups.
  • Adds anchor tags to date in HTML exports for in-page linking.
  • Bug fixes.

October 31, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.2.0

  • Improved display of group chat events, when someone enters or leaves a group chat.
  • Improved support for latest macOS Ventura messages app database.
  • Improved support when a faulty USB cable interrupts device backup.
  • Improved progress display when making a backup.
  • Bug fixes.

October 2, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.1.1

  • Fixes some texts sent or received in iOS 16 not being imported in to Decipher TextMessage.

September 29, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.1.0

  • Better presentation of iOS 16 unsent and edited text messages.
  • Improvements to display of group chat messages.

September 20, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.0.8

  • Fix for sideways preview thumbnails for some HEIC message attachments.

September 15, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.0.7

  • Fix for some text not showing up with image attachments in iOS 16.
  • Fix for crashes in Mac legacy version (version for OS X Lion-Yosemite) exporting PDFs.
  • New recovery to import texts from broken iOS Messages app databases.
  • Fix for occasional crash in 32-bit Windows version.

August 8, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.0.5

  • Support for importing Messages data from the latest macOS Monterey update.
  • Improvements to PDF emoji on Windows.
  • Bug fixes.

July 23, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.0.3

  • Adds an option to import single backups from other locations than the default backup folders, in addition to the option to import a folder of backups.
  • Adds an option to hide message reactions.
  • Fixes an issue where image attachments are not imported into the conversation.
  • Fixes Texts-Only Backup progress bar.

July 4, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 16.0.0

  • Fixes an issue with multiple images in a message not showing.
  • Fixes an issue running on 32-bit Windows PCs.

June 17, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.6.2

  • Clarify error messages when texts-only backup aborts early.
  • Bug fixes.

May 30, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.5.8

  • Bug fixes.

May 27, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.5.7

  • Better labeling of messages sent via third party Messages plugins.

May 24, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.5.6

  • Improves display of some Messages app plugin messages.
  • Fixes crashes for the 32-bit version of Decipher TextMessage.
  • Fixes crash during Save All Conversations to CSV.

April 15, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.5.0

  • Adds option to change the location that Decipher TextMessage stores its data.
  • Adds support for subject lines on messages.
  • Bug fixes.

March 2, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.4.4

  • Adds PDF Export to Search All Messages window.
  • Adds option to sort Search All Messages results chronologically and reverse chronologically.
  • Adds option to filter Search All Messages results by conversation participant.

February 23, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.4.2

  • Fixes crash exporting PDF introduced in 15.4.1!

February 22, 2022 - Decipher TextMessage 15.4.1

  • Big improvements to resolution of HEIC image thumbnails.
  • Adds device filtering to search window.
  • (Beta) Adds an option to print search results.
  • Bug fixes.

November 30, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 15.1.5

  • Adds support for quoted phrases in the center-column contacts filter.
  • Bug fixes.

October 28, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 15.1.0

  • Adds option to create messages-only backup within the program.
  • Fix bug where searching with empty text and no date filter crashes the program.
  • Fix issues where the app would not launch on 32-bit Windows.
  • Adds PDF export options: add header to every page and do not include images.

September 21, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 15.0.0

  • Speed improvements to sort conversations by date.
  • Include date range of messages in center-column conversations listing.
  • Adds date range filter to message search.
  • Improvements to export date range selection window.
  • Improvements to macOS Messages and macOS Messages Archives imports.
  • Fixes for displaying contact names for linked contacts.

July 20, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.7.3

  • Fixes issues with page breaking, and excess blank space on PDF export for very long messages.
  • Support for the latest updates to macOS Messages.

June 3, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.7.0

  • Changes to speed up reading from large iOS backups.
  • Fixes for character display bugs on Windows.
  • Fixes issues with license code registration for some licenses.

April 26, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.4.14

  • Remember export date range selection options for future date limited exports.
  • Resolve some crashes due to memory constraints on Windows.
  • Hindi font support in PDF exports.
  • Bug fixes.

April 12, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.4.12

  • Automatically find and import AnyTrans backups on macOS.
  • Use PDF rendering for print button.
  • Bug fixes.

March 20, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.4.8

  • Automatically find and import AnyTrans backups on Windows.
  • Additional page/space reducing for PDFs exported with Ink Saving Mode.
  • Further reduces size of images in PDF if low-res thumbnails preference is set.
  • Bug fixes.

March 2, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.4.5

  • Improvements to program launch time.

January 28, 2021 - Decipher TextMessage 14.4.0

  • Bug fixes.

December 24, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 14.2.3

  • Better support/thumbnails for SVG message attachments.
  • Show trial info on PDFs exported in trial mode.
  • Bug fixes.

December 1, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 14.2.0

  • Improvements to Emoji support in PDF export.
  • Support for latest updates to macOS Big Sur Messages app.
  • Bug fixes.

October 21, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 14.1.0

  • Supports importing from the Messages app on macOS Big Sur.
  • UI fixes for encrypted backup password and license code prompts.
  • Resolves an issue for macOS Messages import in which contact names used iCloud family shared Contacts instead of individual macOS contact names.
  • Bug fixes.

September 23, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 14.0.2

  • Improvements to Emojis display on Windows 10.
  • Adds per-contact counts to message count summary PDF exports.
  • UI Improvements for hiding/deleting messages, and copying messages to clipboard.
  • Resolves an issue where contact names used iCloud family shared Contacts instead of individual iPhone contact names.
  • Bug fixes.

July 4, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 13.6.0

  • Fix to support macOS 11 Big Sur beta.
  • Bug fixes.

April 8, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 13.4.2

  • Fix to address issues reading macOS Messages app archives.
  • Bug fixes.

April 2, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 13.4.1

  • Major upgrades to PDF export to improve export speed.
  • Fixes to better render messages with whitespace/tabs or blank lines.
  • Improvements to the user interface for date range exports.
  • Render SVG attachments as inline SVGs in PDF export.
  • Add preference to turn on/off program watermark on exported PDFs.
  • Bug fixes.

January 5, 2020 - Decipher TextMessage 13.3.4

  • Adds Show "All Contact" Option to Preferences for showing all messages with all contacts.
  • Bug fixes.

December 22, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 13.3.0

  • Improvements to speed up importing a large amounts of messages.
  • Improvements to "Delete All Hidden Conversations" option.
  • Updates for importing macOS messages from latest Catalina versions.
  • Bug fixes.

October 31, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 13.2.0

  • Fix for issues with PDF thumbnails in trial mode.
  • Fix for encrypted backups made with iOS 13.2.0.

October 28, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 13.0.4

  • Fix a bug checking password for encrypted backups on Windows 32-bit.
  • Fix potential crash reading macOS Messages app archive files.
  • Visual improvements for iPhone X/XR/XS/11 devices.
  • Correct issues where too many iMessage accounts were showing for yourself in the conversation.

September 18, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 13.0.0

  • Supports 32-bit Windows as well as continued support for 64-bit macOS and 64-bit Windows.
  • Fixes date localization/regional formatting to better respect system preferences on Mac.
  • Improved detection of low disk space when exporting all text message conversations on an iPhone to PDF.
  • Fixes some crashes on Search > Search all Conversations for complex boolean searches.
  • More bug fixes!

July 24, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.15

  • Use larger resolution images for attachment video/photo thumbnails. (There is an option under Preferences to go back to the smaller thumbnails.)
  • Create thumbnail previews of PDF attachments in Messages.
  • Honor font-size settings in PDF export.
  • Add two-column preference for PDF export.
  • Adds export all conversations as PDF option.
  • Bug fixes.

March 27, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.10

  • Add option to right-click and rename a device in the left-column device list.
  • Bug fixes and improved crash reporting information.

February 14, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.8

  • Fix an issue where lack of internet connectivity sometimes caused errors on program launch.
  • Improved support for broken encrypted iPhone backups.
  • Bug fixes.

January 22, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.6

  • Updates to support buggy macOS Messages app archive files.
  • Fix a bug after MacBook lid is closed and reopened.

January 1, 2019 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.4

  • Adds option to import archived text messages from the macOS Messages app.
  • Change to Java 11 on Mac and Windows.
  • Change to 64-bit on Windows.
  • Support macOS Mojave hardened runtime and notarization.
  • Fixes a few ugly screens on macOS Mojave.

December 3, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 12.1.1

  • Improved support for PDF export for conversations in Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
  • Bug fixes.

September 22, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 12.0.8

  • Updates for new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users.
  • Bug fixes for running Decipher TextMessage on a computer with critically low disk space.

September 18, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 12.0.6

  • Improved thumbnails for HEIC images on Windows.
  • Update Mojave permissions instructions for later beta versions and Mojave public release.
  • Fix bottom scrollbar bug on Windows.
  • Bug fixes from reports from our awesome customers. Thank you!

August 15, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 12.0.2

  • Specific fixes needed for Decipher TextMessage running on Mac OS X Yosemite and earlier.
  • Fixes for PDF exporting very long conversations.

August 1, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 12.0.0

  • Improved thumbnails for HEIC images on Mac running macOS Sierra and earlier.
  • Instructions for granting app permissions needed on macOS Mojave betas.
  • Include the option to narrow by time on date range exports.
  • Bug fixes.

June 8, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.3.5

  • Ink-Saving Mode for reducing color backgrounds for HTML and PDF text export.
  • Lots of fixes for better alerts when hard drive space is too low to save or view text messages.

May 18, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.3.3

  • Updates to support the latest Windows iTunes from the Microsoft Store.
  • Adds a Message Count Summary export, showing totals of messages exchanged.
  • Memory usage improvements.

April 26, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.3.0

  • Bug fixes.

April 18, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.18

  • Improvements and bug fixes for PDF export, including exporting text messages to PDF limited to a specific date range.
  • Adds a new option/feature to read text message/iMessage data from the macOS Messages app!
  • Improvements to text-only export.
  • Bug fixes.

March 5, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.12

  • Fixed issues where PDF export was running out of memory for extra-large conversations.
  • Fixed memory requirements for Decipher TextMessage on Windows.
  • Adds total message and image count to PDF export.

February 18, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.8

  • New search/filter feature to narrow the list of contacts shown in the center column.
  • Fixed bugs in our save iPhone text messages as PDF feature.
  • Fixed an issue where dates and times were formatted incorrectly for the macOS region setting.
  • Improved support for failed text messages and iMessages resent as SMS.

February 12, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.6

  • Added new option to export your iPhone messages to PDF!
  • Fixed an issue causing a message that Decipher TextMessage is already running.
  • Lots of bug fixes for specific issues reported by our customers! Thank you!

January 15, 2018 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.3

  • Improved error message for Decipher TextMessage data stored on an external drive that disappeared.
  • Fixed ugly page numbers for very long conversations.
  • Fixed rare crash loading up databases.

December 26, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.2 (macOS version only)

  • Fixed an issue where Decipher TextMessage was bouncing in the dock on OS X Mavericks.

December 21, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.2.2

  • Improved update checking using Sparkle and WinSparkle!
  • Improvements for importing contacts from multiple backups of the same device.
  • Improvements for backups with buggy encryption.
  • Fixes for importing Messages data from macOS High Sierra.
  • Fixes for message ordering sent/received with minor delays or in rapid succession.
  • Fixes for exporting conversations on Windows.
  • Lots of other tweaks and fixes for specific issues reported by our wonderful customers!

September 15, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.19

  • Reduced the size of program installer/updates and program itself on Windows.
  • UI fixes including improving display for higher resolutions on Windows.
  • Improve support for Emojis in messages on Windows.
  • Fixed printing within the program on Windows!
  • Option to use more modern CSS styles for printing messages in Safari/Chrome. IE 11 can also use the new styles, but requires background colors/images to be turned on in your print settings.
  • Improved support for DTM data migrated from another computer.
  • Bug fixes!

August 25, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.14

  • Video thumbnails for video attachments on Windows
  • Remove splash screen on launch for Windows version.
  • Reduce errors from trying to repeatedly launch the program on Windows.
  • Support for more kinds of encryption bugs in backups.
  • Clean up export, copy, and hide menus.
  • Clarify export menu date range option.
  • Fix issues with Leopard/Snow Leopard version.
  • Exciting bug fixes!

August 15, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.11

  • Exported conversations with attachments will now be "revealed" in Finder (macOS) or Explorer (Windows) after the export completes, to make the files easier to locate.
  • Change default settings for "Show Contact on Every Message". By default the setting will be on unless specifically set to off. Existing settings will not be affected.

July 27, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.9

  • Improved support for Windows 8 and Windows 10 200% scaled display settings.

July 25, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.8

  • Generate video preview thumbnails on macOS (windows coming soon!)
  • Add multiple selection of conversations (using Shift, Option, or Ctrl keys while selecting conversations, like Finder or Windows Explorer). When selecting multiple conversations, the result will be a merged listing of the messages, with the sender and recipients labeled on each message.
  • Color option for SMS messages to make printed out conversations easier to photo copy. (The green background like the iPhone is not great for copying!)
  • Improvements for image quality on Mac retina displays.
  • Bug fixes and usability improvements.

June 23, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.6

  • Miscellaneous speed improvements and bug fixes.

June 8, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.4

  • Bug fixes to support iOS 11 developer beta

June 6, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 11.0.1

  • Support for backups made with iOS 11.
  • Improved macOS retina support and graphics.
  • Clarification of password date and improved help for backup password prompts.
  • Bug fixes for messages search.

March 1, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 10.2.11

  • More accurate dates for iOS 9 and lower iMessages with read receipts enabled. (Dates were already accurate for iOS 10.)
  • Improved behavior for conversation checkboxes.
  • Show more specific outgoing message account information when possible.

February 4, 2017 - Decipher TextMessage 10.2.6

  • Improved contact matching for email addresses and MMS messages.
  • Faster encryption support for multiple backups using the same password.
  • Fixed an issue caused by file permissions on some Windows configurations.
  • Fixed an issue caused by outdated jar files in Mac Java extensions folder.
  • Improved support for retina displays on Mac.
  • Improved responsiveness during initial messages import.

December 2, 2016 - Decipher TextMessage 10.2.0

  • Added support for iOS 10.2 encrypted backups.
  • Fixed a glitch where new iOS 10 backups weren't being read in in some circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue deleting message threads that made the program look like it was hanging.

You can press "Check for Updates" inside of Decipher TextMessage to get the newest version, or you can download it from our website: