How to Download iMessage History to PC Computer

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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 18, 2020

One workable way to avoid iPhone iMessages loss due to wrong deletion, upgrade failure or restore error is to backup iMessages to PC or Mac computer. iTunes gives you chance to create a full backup containing iMessages for your iPhone to computer. But unfortunately, the content including iMessages in the iTunes backup is unreadable.

Here two methods are introduced to you, including the excellent iTunes alternative – AnyTrans for iOS, which enables you to view and download iMessages to PC/Mac computer. Let’s move to the two methods and learn how to view iMessages on PC/Mac

How to Download iMessage History to PC with AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is a comprehensive iOS content management program, available to transfer various iOS files and data between iOS devices, between iDevices and computer, and manage your iTunes and iCloud backup in a safe and simple way.

  1. Allow you to only download iMessage history to PC or Mac as a single local backup, or you can print the iMessages on paper.
  2. Enable you to preview iMessage history on iPhone/iPad and select the desired iMessages to backup to PC or Mac computer.
  3. iMessages that you backup to computer are all readable, namely, you can view the iPhone iMessage history on computer.
  4. Permit you to set the export path and output formats (PDF/TEXT/HTML) for the iMessages that you want to download to computer.

Now to download iMessage history to PC, you need to firstly get AnyTrans for iOS installed on your Windows computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1. Open AnyTrans for iOS on PC and plug in your iPhone or iPad. Select and click on the Messages option on the right side.

Choose Device Manager and Messages

Choose Device Manager and Messages

Step 2. Have a preview of the iMessages on your iPhone/iPad and select all or only what you want to download to PC. Click Send to PC button to download your iMessage history to PC. Here you can select the output format for the iMessages you want to download, like .txt, .html, or .pdf.

View iPhone Text Messages with AnyTrans

View iPhone Text Messages with AnyTrans

Step 3. Now you can view the iMessage history on PC that you just downloaded.

How to View iMessage History on Mac with iMessage Sync

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.

Log in with the same Apple ID

Log in with the same Apple ID

Step 3. Once you have logged in, your messages on iPhone will be synced to your Mac automatically.

Check the Messages on Mac

Check the Messages on Mac

The Bottom Line

Except iMessage, AnyTrans for iOS also helps transfer text messages, music, photos, videos, contacts, notes and more between iOS devices, between devices and computer. Get AnyTrans for iOS to give it a shot. And if you have any doubt, write it down in the comments to let us know.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.