EaseUS MobiMover

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2 Ways to Transfer Text Messages to PC

Ada updated on Aug 28, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Two easy and free methods for you to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer.

Transferring text messages from a mobile device like iPhone to a computer is necessary when you want to make a backup of your important data or when you want to print the text messages from iPhone

Given that, here I'd like to show you two ways to export text messages from your iPhone to PC, either using a free program or the built-in feature on your iOS device. Besides, if you want to back up and restore SMS, the way to do it is also provided.

Method 1. How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer with a Free Program

Do you want to transfer your SMS to PC and view it anytime you want? If you do, using the free iOS data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover will help you get things done. This tool works well to:

  • View and access iDevice content from the computer
  • Transfer files from iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer and vice versa
  • Transfer data from one iPhone/iPad/iPod to another

Except for text messages, EaseUS MobiMover also supports photos, videos, music, ringtones, books, and more. 

What's you need to pay attention to is that most of the files are transferrable either from iPhone to computer or vice versa, like photos, videos, and music, while other types of content can only be transferred from iPhone to the computer, like text messages. Thus, if you want to restore the messages from computer to iPhone someday in the future, it won't help.

To transfer text messages to computer:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC) and click Trust on your iPhone to trust this computer. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Content Management". On the right pane, you need to choose "Messages" to start messages transfer from iPhone to your computer.

How to transfer messages from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. In "Settings", you can choose a location to save the messages you're going to transfer. Otherwise, the default location is on your computer Desktop.

How to transfer messages from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Select the messages, including text messages (SMS) and iMessages, you want to transfer from your iPhone to the computer and click the "Transfer to PC" button. After that, MobiMover will start copying text messages from your iPhone to the computer automatically. When finished, you can go to the selected folder to check the messages. (The items will be saved an HTML file on your computer, thus you need to open it with a browser to view its details.)

How to transfer messages from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Method 2. How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Computer via Email

To export text messages to computer, the most straightforward way to do it is to use a third-party tool. If you are not willing to apply such a program, you can choose an indirect way to transfer your iPhone SMS to computer, which is to use an email.

By copying the texts and send the content via an email, you can transfer text messages from your iPhone to any other device.

To export text messages from iPhone to computer:

Step 1. Go to the "Messages" app and click the conversation you want to transfer.

Step 2. Press and hold on one of the texts and choose "Copy".

Step 3. Go to the Mail app, create a new email, and paste the content into the mail.

Step 4. Send the mail to your own account and check it from your computer.

Step 5. Copy the messages from the mail to your computer.

How to transfer text messages to computer

Bonus Tip: How to Back Up and Restore Text Messages on iPhone

The easiest way back up and restore text messages, or even iMessage and multimedia messages, on your iPhone, is to use iTunes (on condition that you don't enable iCloud messages). With iTunes, you can back up almost all data and settings from your iPhone to computer and restore a new iOS device from the backup during its setup process.

An obvious flaw of using iTunes is that you can read nothing from the backup. The only way for you to access the details of the messages is to restore a device from the backup.

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to use a free program to transfer text messages to computer from an iPhone. With the free iPhone data transfer tool, you are able to transfer other types of content on your iPhone when you need to. Thus, don't hesitate to equip your computer with such a tool and let it help when you want to transfer files to or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.