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How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

author Emily Watson
date Monday, December 18, 2017

Updated on September 13, 2018.

Summary: Want to download text messages from iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 to computer without any complicated process? Here we go! In this page, you will learn how to copy text messages from iPhone to PC/Mac in a simple way with a professional data transfer tool.

A great number of iPhone users have the same question about how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer. Recently, this question becomes one of the most considerable problems again.

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Text messages are one of the most important functions of every iPhone. iPhone users use it to communicate with other people. With the help of it, we can convey information and share our thoughts in a fast way. Sometimes we want to back up some important text messages when we buy a new iPhone, so we need to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer.

# How to Transfer Text Message from iPhone to PC

To have this job done, here I recommend FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window), which supports iPhone X/8/7/7 Plus/6s/6/5s, iPad Pro/Air/mini and iPod. It is a professional iPhone manager which can transfer files between iOS devices and computer. Just scroll down to see how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer.

Download FonePaw DoTrans first. Windows version and Mac version are provided. Make sure you choose the right one. After the installation, you can start to copy text messages from iPhone to computer.

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Note: To make it more straightforward, here we also create a YouTube video to show you how to save iPhone test messages to PC/Mac.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Computer

After downloading FonePaw DoTrans, install and launch it. Then connect your iPhone with computer via a USB cable. Soon your iPhone will be displayed on the interface.

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Step 2. Search iPhone Text Messages Quickly

On the showing left menu of the interface, you can see several file types are listed. Here you can click "Messages". Then you can preview all your iPhone text messages. By choosing the text messages, you can view more details.

Note: To find the messages you need quickly, you can input the name of the sender or some keywords of the messages in the search box at the top-right corner.

Search iPhone Text Message

When you connect device to PC and click SMS but see nothing, you can troubleshoot this issue with methods below.

  • Re-install the newest version of the software here (opens new window).
  • Tap Setting > iCloud > Contacts to disable it on your iPhone but don't forget to keep contacts on your iPhone.
  • Go back to DoTrans to refresh the SMS to get the details. Thus your messages are detected.

Step 3: Export Messages from iPhone to Computer

Choose those you want to transfer and click "Export to PC" icon, then in the pull-down list, choose the wanted format (CSV, HTML and TXT file) to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer.

If you choose TXT or CSV as the output format, you will get all images inside your messages in the in the attachment folder. For better viewing or printing, you are recommended to export SMS as HTML files. In this way, you are able to freely download text message to computer.

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone onto Computer

Above are the steps about how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer. As you can see, only 3 simple steps and you can solve this annoying issue. Not only text messages, FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window) can also transfer videos, photos and contacts etc. If you have any transferring need, just try it!

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If you have any problem when following the above guide to export text conversations from iPhone to PC or Mac computer, please leave us a messages on the comment box to let us know!