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.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Jun. 24, 2019, Last Updated: Jun. 25, 2019

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.

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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 for iOS, 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.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Launch it > Plug-in your iPhone to the computer, and click on Device Manager in the app.

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Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer - Step 1

Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer – Step 1

Step 2. The following screen shows all types of content you can transfer from your iPhone to your computer. Click on the option that says Messages to export your messages.

Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer - Step 2

Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Step 3. Select the messages you wish to export in the left sidebar and then click on the To PC/Mac button at the top to start exporting your messages to your computer.

Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer - Step 3

Export Messages/iMessages from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

You will shortly find all of your iPhone messages are now available on your Windows PC or Mac. Using an app like AnyTrans for iOS is the most quickest and easiest way to get your messages exported.

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 for iOS 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:

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Launch it > Connect both of your iPhones to your computer and click on the Merge Device option in the app.

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Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 1

Export Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone – Step 1

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.