How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Mac

By Emily Watson, Saturday, July 18, 2015

I am getting a new iPhone for my birthday. I just want to back up all of my nostalgic conversations on my MacBook Pro. Is there a way to transfer an entire chat log to the Mac in plain text? Or will I have to painstakingly take screenshot as I scroll up in the text history?

iTunes can back up iPhone messages to Mac, but the SMS database is unreadable so that you can't read or view text messages/iMessages on your Mac directly. Fortunately, there are lots of methods out there that can help you handle this issue. Here's the commonly-used way to transfer messages from iPhone to Mac.

What you need:

• A MacBook/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro/iMac;

• An iPhone 6 Plus/iPhone 6/iPhone 5s/iPhone 5c/iPhone 5/iPhone 4s/iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS;

• The USB cable came with iPhone;

FonePaw iOS Transfer;

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Step-by-step Guide to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Mac

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Mac

Plug your iPhone into Mac. If the iTunes pops up automatically, turn it off since you don't need it this time. Now launch FonePaw iOS Transfer, which will recognize your iPhone in seconds.

Connect iPhone to Mac

Note: Before connecting iPhone to Mac, please install FonePaw iOS Transfer well.


Step 2. Transfer SMS from iPhone to Mac

At the left side menu, you can see "Media", "Playlists", "Photos", "Books", "Contacts", "SMS" and "Toolkit". Choose "SMS", tick those messages you need and click "Export to" to save them on your Mac. Here you can choose the format of exported messages: CSV, HTML and TXT.

Transfer SMS from iPhone to Mac

Note: It may take a few minutes to load your messages depending on the number of your messages.

When the transfer is done, your messages with information like date, time, images etc. are on your Mac. If you need to backup iPhone to Mac, you can also rely on FonePaw iOS Transfer. Got other tips to transfer messages from iPhone to Mac? Leave your thoughts below.

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