How to Transfer/Save iPhone Text Message to PC/Mac for Free

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jul 20, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

The text messages on your iPhone cover a lot of important communications contents with your friends, family, loved ones and co-workers. Sometimes, for backup or legal purposes, we need to save iPhone text messages to computer, including to a PC or a Mac. In this post, we will show you two different ways to save iPhone text messages to computer, the first is using a mature and simple iPhone transfer program - EaseUS MobiMover Free, and the other is applying iTunes. The guide below works for saving any iPhone text message to PC or Mac, such as SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber and Line conversations. 

Method 1 How to Save iPhone text messages to computer with MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover Free is an all-around iPhone data transfer and management program, which allows you to move data between an iOS device and computer or between two iOS devices at no cost. To be specific, you can use MobiMover to back up the whole files on iPhone or iPad to the computer with one-click, transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes, sync content from one iOS device to another directly, manage iOS data with full-way solutions - adding, deleting and editing. 

MobiMover can transfer and manage the following data files for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Very Important:
MobiMover provides you an accessible and readable way to export iPhone text messages to the computer, that means you can open, view and manage the imported messages as you like, which is not allowed if you use iTunes. 

Now, simply download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and start to export all the iPhone messages or certain ones to the computer with a single click. 

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer (Windows 7/8/10) and tap Trust when a pop-up on iPhone asks you to trust this computer or not. Run MobiMover Free on your computer and enter the main screen like the screenshot below.


Step 2: Click the Folder icon next to the PC/Desktop to customize the storage path for exported messages. If you don't set the route on your own, the messages will be saved in a desktop folder named Exported by MobiMover.

customize the path for saving messages

Step 3: Click the Next button to go to the data transfer screen. MobiMover will load all the supported files by default. Here, you can unclick Select all and check Message only. 

choose messages to save to the computer

Step 4: Click Transfer to begin to save messages from iPhone to the computer. When the process finished, click the View to check the downloaded messages on your computer.

begin to transfer messages to the computer

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Method 2 How to Transfer text Message from iPhone to PC/Mac with iTunes

iTunes is the old-fashioned way to back up an iOS data to the computer. Although it offers you a way to protect your device content,

  • You are not permitted to check the export files as the data-encryption limitation.
  • You can't flexibly save iPhone messages only; you have to move the whole files each time even you don't like so.

Therefore, for a controllable and simple way to copy iPhone text messages, you'd better choose MobiMover in Method 1. If you still insist on iTunes, follow the steps below to do it successfully. 

1. Download and install the latest iTunes on your PC or Mac and run it when the setup finishes.

2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with the original USB cable, which is to avoid the iPhone cannot connect to iTunes error. If this problem happens, check how to fix it.

3. Click your iPhone button, choose Summary > This Computer > Back Up Now > Apply. Then, the iPhone backup will begin. Wait patiently as the process may last for a long time if you have too many files on your iPhone. 

how to save text messages from iPhone to computer for free


As you may see, we have demonstrated how to transfer text messages from iPhone to the computer with two possible approaches in details. Even though iTunes is a feasible way to back up iPhone content, it has lots of limitation. More than that, if you are a newbie to iPhone, iTunes is a little complicated to you. Based on these inconveniences, you are highly recommended to use EaseUS MobiMover to help you transfer and manage iPhone data in an easier way than ever for FREE. If you need more info on MobiMover, link to check MobiMover online user guide