EaseUS MobiMover

All-in-One iOS Content Manager & Free Video/Audio Downloader

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How to Download Text Messages from iPhone in 3 Steps

Katrin updated on Aug 18, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Can You Download Text Messages from iPhone

If you are looking to back up the text messages on your iPhone or print iPhone text messages to PDF, you will need to download text messages from iPhone to computer. But can you export text messages from iPhone?

As you may know, although Apple provides iTunes and iCloud to back up your iPhone content, including text messages (SMS),  to a computer or the cloud storage, you cannot access, view, or extract the items from the backup. Therefore, if you want to download text messages from iPhone to computer in a readable format, you will need third-party software to help you do it.

The Tool You Need to Export Text Messages from iPhone

To save text messages from an iPhone to a PC, Mac, or laptop, you can use the reliable iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover. It is an iPhone data transfer tool that will save your iPhone text messages to computer with a few simple clicks.

Moreover, it not only allows you to download text messages from iPhone but also enables you to:

Other types of content, like photos, videos, music, contacts, books, and more, are all supported.

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone in 3 Steps

After you download and install the tool on your computer, now you can follow the three steps below to download text messages from your iPhone to your computer with ease.

To export text messages from iPhone to computer:

Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer. When a pop-up asking you whether to trust this computer appears, click Trust to continue. Then start EaseUS MobiMover and click "Phone to PC".

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Since you want to back up your iPhone messages, select "Messages" only. As you can see, you can back up other supported file types together with messages from your iPhone. The messages will be kept on Desktop by default, but it's also possible for you to custom a new path. Next, click "Transfer".

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Wait for the process to complete. The backup of messages will be saved as an HTML file on your computer. Thus, if you want to check the details, use a browser to open the HTML file.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 3

If you need to, follow the related guide to print text messages from iPhone on the computer.

Apart from the file management features, EaseUS MobiMover has a video (& audio) download function. With that feature, you will be able to get the videos or music you like from websites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and more to your computer or iPhone/iPad for free. (For more details, refer to the guide on how to download YouTube videos to iPhone.)

Bonus Tips: Other Ways to Export Text Messages from iPhone

The way introduced above will save all text messages and conversations on your iPhone to computer. If you intend to export several messages from iPhone, there are two more tips for you.

Tip 1. How to Save Text Messages on iPhone by Taking Screenshots

Screenshotting your texts is also a solution to save text messages on iPhone. To take a screenshot of the conversation on your iOS device:

Step 1. Go to the Messages app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Find and click the message you'd like to save.

Step 3. Take a screenshot of your iPhone messages, including text messages, multimedia messages, and iMessages.

  • On an iPhone that uses Face ID: Press and quickly release the "Side" button and the "Volume Up" button.
  • On an iPhone that uses Touch ID and Side button:  Press and quickly release the "Side" button and the "Home" button at the same time.

Screenshot iPhone Messages

Now you have successfully saved your iPhone messages to the Photos app. You can export, print, or transfer the screenshots according to your need.

Tip 2. How to Back Up Text Messages from iPhone to Gmail

Another way for you to download text messages from iPhone to another device is to use the "Forward" option to transfer the text messages from iPhone via an email. To back up a conversation to Gmail:

Step 1. Go to the Messages app and open the conversation you'd like to save.

Step 2. Press and hold any of the texts in the conversation.

Step 3. When the options appear, choose "More..."

Step 4. Now select the other texts you'd like to copy. Afterward, click the "Forward" icon in the lower right corner.

Step 5. Enter your Gmail address and click the "Send" button to transfer the text messages from your iPhone to your Gmail.

How to back up iPhone text messages to Gmail

The Bottom Line

If you want to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer with iTunes, you have to transfer other data and settings together with the texts and you cannot extract messages from the backup. What's more, you can only regain access to the messages by restoring an iPhone from the iTunes backup. That's the same if you use iCloud. Thus, using an iOS content manager like EaseUS MobiMover is necessary for you to download text messages from iPhone.

After you export messages from iPhone to a computer with such a tool, you can freely view or print the items as you like to. If that's exactly what you want, follow this guide to get it done within minutes.