Want to back up iMessages on your iPhone or iPad to computer for better preservation? But don’t know how to download iMessage history to PC or Mac computer? Head to the tutorial below to figure it out.
One workable way to avoid iPhone iMessages loss due to wrong deletion, upgrade failure or restore error is to backup iMessages to a PC or Mac computer. iTunes gives you chance to create a full backup containing iMessage for your iPhone to a computer. But unfortunately, the content including iMessages in the iTunes backup is unreadable.
If you want to see and download the full iMessage history, here 4 methods are introduced. You can view, download, or print iMessage history to your PC/Mac easily, even including how to retrieve deleted messages. Let’s move to the full methods below:
AnyTrans is a comprehensive iOS content management program & iMessage backup app, available to transfer messages, iMessage history, and various iOS data from iPhone to computer. Also, you can sync iPhone/iPad to iPhone/iPad and manage your iTunes and iCloud backup in a safe and simple way. Here’s how can you view and download iMessage history:
Here’s how to download iMessage text history to MacBook Pro or print them out directly:
Now to download iMessage history, you need to first get AnyTrans installed on your computer.
Step 1. Open AnyTrans on PC and plug in your iPhone or iPad. Select and click on the Messages option on the right side.
Step 2. Preview the iMessage of one person that contains text history, photos, emojis, etc., and select all or only what you want to download to your computer. Click the To PC/To Mac button to export as .txt, .pdf, or .html format. Also, you can click the Print button to print text messages from your iPhone directly.
Step 3. Now you can view the iMessage history on PC that you just downloaded.
For Mac users, there is a default iMessage app, you can send messages on Mac as well as sync iPhone messages with Mac so that you can view the messages on your Mac with ease. Check the steps to view iPhone messages on Mac:
Step 1. Find the icon of the Messages app on your Mac and launch it.
Step 2. Sign in with the same Apple ID you used on your iPhone.
Step 3. Once you have logged in, your messages on your iPhone will be synced to your Mac automatically.
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With the methods above, you can easily view and download iMessage history on your iPhone or iPad. However, if you accidentally deleted text messages, how can you view and retrieve deleted iMessage history? PhoneRescue for iOS is an iOS/iPadOS data recovery tool and certainly an iMessage recovery tool, which helps you to find old or deleted iMessage history without a backup or extract from iTunes/iCloud backup without erasing the existing data. Steps to retrieve deleted iMessage history:
Download the latest version of PhoneRescue for iOS. Once you launch the software, choose one recovery mode. Here we take Recover from iOS Device as an example, which will recover iPhone data directly without backup.
Uncheck Select All and choose Messages only. It will scan and show you all messages, including iMessages on your iPhone device.
Wait for all messages to show, you can search old or deleted history by name or by one person. Then choose what you want to download and click to iPhone or to Mac/PC.
If you got a new iPhone and want to see full iMessage history on one device like your old iPhone, you can log in to your iCloud account and fully download messages in iCloud. Here are the steps:
Where messages and iMessage history are stored in the Mac folder named ~/Library/Messages/chat.db. If you want to download text history from iMessage via the SQLite program, you need to install the SQLite tools. It is a method that contains more complicated steps. Here’s how to do:
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Except for iMessage, AnyTrans also helps transfer text messages, music, photos, videos, contacts, notes, and more between iOS devices, and between devices and computers. Get AnyTrans to give it a shot. And if you have any doubts, write them down in the comments to let us know.
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