How to Export Text Messages from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Thursday, December 21, 2017

Updated on April 13, 2018.

Summary: This article is going to solve the problem on how to export text messages from iPhone. If you are looking for a guide to transfer text messages to computer from iPhone as a backup, this page will help and please continue to read. 

Some iPhone users expect to read and backup some important text messages on their computer, or for certain reasons, they need to print iPhone text messages. The users may have tried to export SMS with iTunes. Yeah, this is really a great solution for iPhone SMS backup, but this type of backup file is an unreadable file format that stored on your computer. It is actually impossible to open and read it as a text. Then, how can we export iPhone text messages to computer as readable format?

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FonePaw iOS Transfer can export SMS, MMS, iMessages and message attachments from iPhone directly to your PC. The software is able to convert the SMS database in TXT, CSV and HTML formats, giving thus the possibility to browse them easily from your computer using any application like a text editor or Microsoft Excel.

Now please free download the trial version on your computer and then follow the steps to export text messages from iPhone!

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Step 1. Download and install FonePaw iOS Transfer

The download file is available via above "Download" icon. Install the program on your computer after download is completed. Then, launch the program and connect your devices to the computer. In this way, you can start to export text conversation from iPhone X/8/7/6s/6. 

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Step 2. Preview and select the text messages you need

When iPhone is detected, click "SMS" in the left sidebar. Now, you can preview all messages conversation. Mark those SMS, MMS and iMessages you intend to export, then click "Export to" button.


Step 3. Export text messages from iPhone

After clicking "Export to" button, you can choose to "Export Selected Messages" or "Export All Messages". After that, another list will ask you which kind of format you hope to save as, such as TXT, CSV, HTML file. Then, find a location on your computer to save the exported text messages.

Transfer Messages from iPhone to Computer


Troubleshoot: How to Fix the Issue of My SMS Not Being Detected

"Why my iPhone messages cannot be read on FonePaw iOS Transfer?" - A user asked. When you encounter the same problem, just read on or contact us to resolve the issue. You can:

  1. Double check the version of the program on your computer. If it isn't the newest one, just reinstall it. 

  2. Then move into Settings on your iPhone and tap iCloud to disable Contacts. If there is a pop-up asking you to keep contacts on iPhone, just select it. 

  3. Finally, open FonePaw iOS Transfer to refresh to load the contacts' details.

How to Export Text Message from iPhone to PDF

  1. As you tend to print out the messages or view them with PDF format, it is simple to do with iOS Transfer. When you export messages, please choose "HTML File" to save the records in your Windows or Mac computer.

  2. Move to the path saving the exported data and open the file.

  3. Click "Ctrl+P" key and save the file as PDF format. Thus, you can print it out.

    Export Messages to PDF

  4. (Optional) Want to import the messages in PDF to another iPhone/iPad? Use FonePaw iOS Transfer to import it to iBook app so that you can check the messages anywhere.


Above is the whole guide to save a text conversation from iPhone on PC. So could this help with your case? Actually, aside from exporting text messages from iPhone, FonePaw iOS Transfer can also export other files such as music, contacts, photos, videos, and more from your iPhone to computer. And it can also transfer data between any two iOS devices, such as transferring music from iPad to iPod and transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone.So why not download and install the program on your computer to have a try on your own? If you have any problem when following the guide to export iPhone messages to computer, don't forget to drop us a comment below!

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