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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.
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:
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 and run EaseUS MobiMover > Click "Trust" on your iPhone to trust this computer > From the main screen of EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Content Management" > Choose "Messages" from the right pane.
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.
Step 3. Select the messages you want to transfer and click the "Transfer to PC" button. 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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