How to Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone

If you would like to keep a copy of your iPhone’s iMessages or messages, the following guide should teach you how you can export text messages or iMessages from an iPhone to another iPhone or a computer.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 04, 2020

Even though the majority of users have moved from using traditional text messages to instant messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber, there is still a group of people who prefer sending and receiving messages in the traditional text messaging form. Most instant communication apps offer the ability to export your messages but there does not seem to be anything similar available for iMessages and text messages on an iPhone.

Fortunately, though, there is a simple workaround you can use to export your iMessages from your iPhone over to your computer. The following guide offers multiple methods for you to perform the task on various of your desktop machines.

Part 1. How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac

Exporting text messages or iMessages from your iPhone over to your Mac is pretty easy as both the machines are developed by Apple. All you basically need to do to start exporting messages to your Mac is to enable your messages sharing over iCloud and you should be all set.

The following are the steps on how to export text messages or iMessages from an iPhone over to a Mac using the built-in options on your devices:

Step 1. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app and tap on your name at the top. It will launch your iCloud account settings.

Step 2. On the following screen, tap on the option that says iCloud to open your iCloud options.

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac - Step 2

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac – Step 2

Step 3. The following screen shows the services enabled for your iCloud account. Turn the toggle for the Messages option to the ON position so your messages are synced with your iCloud account and can be accessed from other machines.

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac - Step 3

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac – Step 3

Step 4. Launch the Messages app from the Launchpad on your Mac.

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac - Step 4

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac – Step 4

Step 5. When the app launches, click on Messages in the menu bar and select Preferences.

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac - Step 5

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac – Step 5

Step 6. When the preferences panel opens, click on the Accounts tab. Checkmark the option that says Enable Messages in iCloud to sync your iPhone messages with your Mac.

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac - Step 6

How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Mac – Step 6

Part 2. How to Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to PC/Mac

As you can see, the above method only teaches you how you can export messages to a Mac but what if you use a Windows-based computer? Well, the above method will not work for you then.

Fortunately, Windows users do not need to be disappointed as you have a really great app at your disposal to do the task. Enter AnyTrans, an application that makes it possible for you to export text messages and iMessages from an iPhone over to a Mac or a Windows PC. It is a universal app and works across both Windows and Mac platforms and lets you easily get your messages from one platform onto another.

  • Export all the messages at once or selectively export your messages.
  • Multiple formats to save your exported messages in.
  • Export a large number of messages quickly.
  • Preview your messages before exporting them to a computer.
  • Support for exporting various other types of files as well.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans on your computer > Launch it > Plug-in your iPhone to the computer.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Click on Device Manager in the app > Choose Messages from the category box.

Open AnyTrans and Select Messages

Open AnyTrans and Select Messages

Step 3. Select the messages you wish to export and then click on the Send to PC button at the top to start exporting your messages to your computer. Also, if you want to print the messages directly, just click on Print button.

Select the Messages and Click Send to PC Button then Choose .pdf format

Select the Messages and Click Send to PC Button then Choose .pdf format

Step 4: Then you can view iPhone messages on your computer with ease.
Note: You can also view the video below to see how to export & print text messages from iPhone with AnyTrans.

Part 3. How to Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone

If you would like to export your messages from your iPhone to another iPhone and not to your computer, this section should teach you how to do it. The simplest method is to use AnyTrans to have your messages seamlessly exported from one iPhone to another. The app provides the following features with regard to messages transfer between two iPhones:

  • Transfer selective or all the messages at once.
  • Transfer messages’ attachments as well.
  • Fast transfer speeds.
  • Safe and secure.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans on your computer > Launch it > Connect both of your iPhones to your computer and click on the Phone Switcher option.

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Choose Phone to iPhone

Choose Phone to iPhone

Step 2. On the following screen, you will be asked to choose the iPhone where the messages are to be transferred. Choose the source iPhone and target iPhone and click on the right-arrow icon to continue.

Select the Source iPhone and the Target iPhone

Select the Source iPhone and the Target iPhone

Step 3. Select Messages on the following screen and click on the right-arrow icon to continue. The app should soon finish transferring messages from your one iPhone to another.

Merge Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Merge Messages from iPhone to iPhone

The Bottom Line

Unlike Android devices, exporting messages from Apple’s iPhone is a bit difficult as there is no straightforward procedure to do the task. The above guide should help you get the task done anyway so your messages are available on all of your devices and computers.

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.