How to Download Text Messages from iPhone to PC/Mac Computer

How to download/export text messages from iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS/XR to computer? This guide will tell you a quick & easy method to download text messages from iPhone to computer.

Roger Smith Posted on: Dec. 21, 2017, Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2019

The Message App on your iPhone records your conversations with friends, partners, families, and loved ones. Most of them mean a lot to you, and some of them are even top confidential.

However, there are some possibilities that text messages could be disappeared accidentally, due to various factors, such as iOS upgrading, jailbreak, water damaged, and more. Or there are some situations when you need to export these text messages from iPhone, and print them in a paper for some purposes. At these moments, you can consider downloading text messages from iPhone to your computer, to backup them from their loss, or print them.

Tansfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

The most common way to download text messages from iPhone is iTunes backing up. But this way could only back up your whole device, not just text messages. So it could be very time-consuming. Furthermore, they are just files that you cannot view because iTunes does not support backup previewing. So how can you print them? To get rid of such drawbacks of iTunes way, we will share three easy methods for how to transfer text messages from iPhone to the computer. Check all of them now.

Before we start, we’d like to tell you that this post works for all kinds of iPhones and computers.

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

Method 1. How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans for iOS

To download text messages from iPhone to the computer, all you need is a professional iOS data transfer tool that is easy-to-use, efficient and capable of saving text messages from the iPhone to the computer. iMobie AnyTrans for iOS is the way to go, why?

  • AnyTrans for iOS enables you to export all text messages from iPhone in just one click, or selectively choose some of them to download.
  • Support saving iPhone text messages to computer in formats of .txt, .html, and .pdf.
  • Lightening transferring speed – More than 1000 pieces of messages and 148 contacts are exported from iPhone within 40 seconds.
  • Besides Text Messages, it also supports transferring more than 24 other types of iOS data, like Photos, Videos, Contacts, Notes, Music, etc. Anyway, whatever you want to transfer, AnyTrans for iOS helps you make it.

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

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1Install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Launch it > Connect your iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS/XR to computer with a USB cable. Choose Device Manager in the main interface.

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

Tap Device Manager and Choose Messages from All Category

Tap Device Manager and Choose the Messages from All Category

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

Step 4Under Send to PC button, you can choose one format that you need.

Select Text Messages You Want to Transfer and Tap To PC/Mac Button

Select Text Messages You Want to Transfer and Tap Send to PC Button

 Not only text messages can be transferred, but also MMS messages, SMS messages, iMessages and Messages attachment can be exported or downloaded to computer through this method.

Method 2. How to View iPhone Text Messages on Mac

If you are a Mac user, congratulations, you could check your iPhone text messages on the computer simply with your Apple ID. The step-by-step guide below will show you how. Please keep reading and learn more about it.

Step 1Find the icon of iMessages on your Mac.

Find the Messages icon on Mac

Find the Messages icon on Mac

Step 2Sign 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 3Once 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. How to Export Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup

The second way is exporting text messages from iPhone and save them on a computer with iTunes backup. Even though we have talked about iTunes’ shortcomings: backup the whole device and not support backup file viewing. But with some iTunes backup extractors can fix these issues. And in this part, we recommend PhoneRescue for iOS sincerely.

Working as a best iOS data recovery, PhoneRescue for iOS can also help you access every single text message item in iTunes backup files. Besides, you can also download them all or selectively to your computer. Why not give it a try now?

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* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1Run 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 2Select 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 3Select 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

With AnyTrans for iOS, you can freely and easily transfer any files to computer, even among all your Apple devices, with 100% Safe & Security. If you have any question about this guide, please let us know in the comment section or via Email. Start taking a tour >

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.