How to download or export text messages from iPhone to computer? This guide shows you ways to transfer and backup iPhone messages to computer.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
AnyTrans for iOS works for all iPhones and iOS systems including iOS 13:
If you are a Mac user, congratulations, you can export your iPhone messages to Mac by syncing with 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 Messages app on your Mac and launch it.
Step 2. Sign in with the same Apple ID you used on your iPhone.
Step 3. Once you have logged in, your messages on iPhone will be synced to your Mac automatically.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Step 1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click right arrow to continue.
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.
Step 3. Select the items you want to save on computer > Click on To Computer.
That’s all about transferring iPhone text messages to computer. If you have any question 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.
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