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Save & Export Text Messages to Your Mac or PC

Introduction

Text messages are taking over, they're replacing phone calls and e-mail. The texts on your iPhone are now one of your most important forms of communcation with your friends, family, loved ones and coworkers. Maybe a friend sent you a funny joke that you want to save or maybe you need to make a backup of a text for legal purposes. Whatever the reason, iExplorer lets you access and save your iPhone's messages on your Mac or PC. The following tutorial walks you through how to use iExplorer to export your iPhone text messages and message attachements (Images, Contacts, etc) to your computer as a .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV document.

What you will need
  • iExplorer
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed
  • USB cable to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
Before you begin

If you don't already have iExplorer installed, click here for more information, or download it using the link below.

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iExplorer can load, read and export text messages that are either on your iPhone or ones that have been saved in an iTunes Backup already on your computer. This tutorial walks through both possibilities.

Access Text Messages on Your iPhone

Export text messages from iPhone to computer

To access text messages on an iPhone, open iExplorer and connect your iPhone to your computer. You should see the Device Overview screen appear. From this screen navigate to Data --> Messages or from the left column, under your device's name, navigate to Backups --> Messages.

Access Text Messages from an iTunes Backup
of an iPhone

When you create a backup of your iPhone using iTunes, your text messages are saved to your computer, but they get buried deep within various semi-encrypted databases. iExplorer can do the heavy lifting for you and make these messages readily available and prettily formatted so you can read and export them on your computer.

To access texts from an iPhone Backup, first open iExplorer, then click Explore Backups. From the left column, under the Browse iTunes Backups section, select the backup you want to use. Then within that backup select, Messages.


Viewing, Searching and Exporting iPhone SMSs and Text Messages

After clicking on Messages for either an iPhone backup or a currently connected iPhone device, iExplorer will load your text message database. On the left column, you'll see your conversation list. You can sort the list by name, date or number of messages.

After selecting a conversation, you can choose from several export options such as .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV format including a choice to export all of your conversations in a single transfer. You can also export the shared images, vCards, and other attachments as separate files.


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Cheers,
Macroplant Staff