How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

How to download or export text messages from iPhone to computer? This guide shows you ways to transfer and backup iPhone messages to computer.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2019

You may want to export your iPhone text messages to computer as a backup or for print need, because there are some possibilities that text messages could be disappeared due to various factors, such as iOS upgrading, jailbreak, water damaged, etc. To transfer text messages from your iPhone to computer, you can try:

  • Make a full iPhone backup with iTunes on PC or Mac computer which will contain your iPhone messages. But you can’t view those messages from iTunes backup without a third-party app’s help.
  • On your Mac computer, you can log in with the same Apple ID in iMessage app, and sync messages between your Mac and computer.Screenshot the text messages on your iPhone and save the photos to your iPhone and then transfer those pictures to your computer.
  • Try some iPhone data transfer or iTunes backup extractor to export text messages from iPhone or extract messages from backup.
Tansfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

Method 1. Export Text Messages from iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

To download text messages from iPhone to the computer, all you need is a professional iOS data transfer AnyTrans for iOS, why?

  • AnyTrans for iOS enables you to export all text messages (SMS), iMessages and attachments from iPhone in just one click.
  • Support saving iPhone text messages to computer in formats of .txt, .html, and .pdf.
  • Help you make a full backup of iPhone data including messages, and you can view them on computer.
  • Work well on transferring messages to your new iPhone too.
  • Besides Text Messages, it also supports transferring more than 24 other types of iOS data, like Photos, Videos, Contacts, Notes, Music, etc.

Download AnyTrans for iOS and follow the step-by-step tutorial below, to see how to download text messages from iPhone to your computer. Here is a video tutorial that illustrates how to transfer iPhone messages to computer with AnyTrans.

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Step 1. Install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Launch it > Connect your iPhone to computer (PC or Mac) with a USB cable. Choose Device Manager in the main interface.

Step 2. Choose the Messages category to enter the Messages manage page.

Open AnyTrans and Select Messages

Open AnyTrans and Select Messages

Note: If this is the first time you try AnyTrans for iOS, it will ask you to make a backup of your iPhone and then AnyTrans for iOS can access the text messages on your iPhone. It makes take a few minutes, please be patient.

Step 3. Preview and select text messages you want to transfer. Tap Send to PC/Mac button in the upper right corner to transfer text messages to the computer.

Step 4. Under Send to PC button, you can choose to export iPhone messages to Txt, Html or Pdf format.

Download Text Messages from iPhone with AnyTrans

Download Text Messages from iPhone with AnyTrans

AnyTrans for iOS works for all iPhones and iOS systems including iOS 13:

  • Supported iPhone: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s (Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • Supported Computer: Windows 7/8/10, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, etc.

Method 2. Export iPhone Text Messages to(Macwith iMessage Sync

If you are a Mac user, congratulations, you can export your iPhone messages to Mac by syncing with the iMessage app. The step-by-step guide below will show you how. Please keep reading and learn more about it.

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

Method 3. Download Text Messages from iPhone to Computer with iTunes Backup

With iTunes, you can make a backup of your iPhone on the computer and it will contain messages. But as we mentioned, you are not allowed to view the exact content of your messages. Here is how to backup your iPhone and messages with iTunes:

Step 1.Connect your iPhone to your Windows or Mac computer and launch iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.

Step 2. Trust the computer on your iPhone.

Step 3. Select your iPhone by clicking the device icon in iTunes. Check this article if your iPhone has problems with iTunes.

Step 4. Click Back Up Now to back up your iPhone to the computer.

Backup iPhone to iTunes

Backup iPhone to iTunes

Bonus Tip: Where to Find iTunes Backup on Computer

After backing up your iPhone to computer, you can find the backups but you are not allowed to view them. Here is where iTunes backups store on computer:

On a Windows computer, the location of your iTunes backup folder is: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

You can use “Search Bar” on your PC to search “%appdata%”, and then go to Apple Computer > Mobile Sync > Backup, to find all backups files on your Windows computer.

Find iTunes Backup Location on Windows

Find iTunes Backup Location on Windows

On a Mac computer: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

To access backup files, you can go to Finder menu bar > Go > Go to Folder…, > Type into the location > Click “Go”.

Or on iTunes menu bar > iTunes > Preferences… > Devices, control-click a backup and go to show it in finder.

View iPhone Backup on Mac

View iPhone Backup on Mac

If you want to view and export the text messages from backup, please keep reading the 4th method:

Method 4. Export Text Messages from iPhone Backup with PhoneRescue

With PhoneRescue for iOS, an iPhone data recovery & backup extractor, you can view and export text messages from iPhone backup. Now download the free trial to have a try:

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Step 1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click right arrow to continue.

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 1

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 1

Step 2. Select the iTunes backup > Click right arrow > It will pop up a screen for you to choose data types. So choose Messages > Click OK button.

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Select the items you want to save on computer > Click on To Computer.

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 3

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s all about transferring iPhone text messages to computer. If you have any questions about this guide, please let us know in the comment section or via Email. If you want to try AnyTrans for iOS, you can now download the free trial.

Joy Taylor

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