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 a computer and save texts as PDF file.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 21, 2022

I’m desperately trying to export one single conversation to a pdf file from iMessage on an iMac… The conversation starts 2018-3-28 I do not want to scroll within iMessage back to that day. Any solutions to export one conversation to a pdf or something else??

Same as the above user, many people want to export messages/iMessages from iPhone as PDF, for court uses, etc. And most instant communication apps offer the ability to export your messages like WhatsApp chats, but there do not seem to be any efficient methods for iMessages and text messages on an iPhone.

Here in this post, we will introduce the ways on how to export messages/iMessages from iPhone to computer, how to save iMessages as PDF, and the tips to copy an entire text conversation on iPhone. Keep reading and get the efficient ways.

How to Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone

With AnyTrans, you can easily transfer iPhone text messages to computer. Also, it provides you a way to save text messages as PDF/TXT/HTML. What’s more, you can print the messages if your need that. As a powerful iOS manager, it supports more data like photos, messages, videos, call history, etc. Check how can AnyTrans help you as below:

1. To Export Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

Step 1. Connect iPhone with Computer

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

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Step 2. Enter the Messages Category

Click on Device Manager > Choose Messages from the category box.

Click Messages in AnyTrans

Click Messages in AnyTrans

Step 3. Select Messages to PC/Mac

Here you can view all your text messages, including photos and videos. Select All conversations or only one > Click To PC/TO Mac button to transfer messages/iMessages from iPhone to computer. Then you can view all the text conversations on your computer with ease.

2. To Save Messages as PDF

  1. When you click To PC button, here you can view the options to export messages as .txt, .html, or .pdf format.
  2. Select Export as .pdf format, and the selected messages will be exported on your computer as PDF file.
  3. Go to Export Path to check the saved messages/iMessages.
Save iPhone Text Messages to PC/Mac

Save iPhone Text Messages to PC/Mac

Video Tutorial on How to Export Text Messages from iPhone

How to Copy the Entire Text Conversation on iPhone

Except for the above method to export text messages from iPhone, is there another way to copy an entire text conversation on iPhone? Yes, you can also copy the text conversations on iPhone without a computer as below:

  1. Go to Messages > Enter one conversation.
  2. Hold on to one message and click More.
  3. Select all the text messages, including photos, videos, URLs.
  4. Click the Forward button on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  5. Copy all the texts to your email or notes.
Copy the Entire Text Conversation on iPhone

Copy the Entire Text Conversation on iPhone

How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Computer with iCloud

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.

Go to Settings and Click iCloud Option

Go to Settings and Click iCloud Option

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.

Toggle the Messages On

Toggle the Messages On

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

Launch the Messages on Mac

Launch the Messages on Mac

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

Click Messages and Enter Preferences

Click Messages and Enter Preferences

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.

To Sync iPhone Messages with Mac

To Sync iPhone Messages with Mac

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The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to export messages and iMessage from iPhone. With the above methods, you can transfer messages from iPhone to computer and save texts as PDF easily. All devices and computers are available. And AnyTrans is a wonderful iOS manager for you to do that, why not download the app now? And you can transfer 30 messages within 3 days for free.

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