If you want to memorialize a wonderful conversation with someone then you would need to find a way to save the text messages that were exchanged. You would need to transfer them somewhere other than your phone in case the data on your device is lost or deleted by accident. When it comes to exporting text messages from an iPhone, the process is relatively simple but you would need to make use of functionalities or applications other than the default Messages app, as it does not have the feature to export messages by default.  With the methods given below, you can save text messages, iMessage, iPhone messages and media messages that include pictures or videos in them.

We will be discussing two methods of saving text messages from the iPhone, one will be targeting saving the messages on the iPhone itself while the other will use a computer or any third party software to read and save the iPhone messages in the form of a PDF, TXT or a spreadsheet file. With these methods, you will have a way to backup iPhone text messages and from there, you can download the text messages again should the primary file be corrupted or lost.

How to Save Text Messages Directly in iPhone

In this section, we will be talking about the first method for saving the text messages of the iPhone. This will make use of the Messages app and the backup that will be created will be on the iPhone itself. Doing this is a long and tedious process but it the most authentic or official way of saving text messages by using the functionalities of the iPhone; you are not taking the aid of an external, third-party application nor a device. The way you will be saving the messages is by browsing them and taking screenshots to show them as they were. Just follow the steps below to achieve this task and do not worry if you are lost, just retrace the steps and you will be fine.

  • First, you would need to open the “Messages” application on the iPhone;
  • Browse to the conversation that you want to save and open the text messages that will be targeted for screenshots. If you want a full screen to reveal messages and hide the keyboard, pull down briefly;
  • The next step will be to take the screenshot of the messages that were open on the screen. You can do so by pressing the “Power/Lock” button and “Volume Up” button simultaneously or you can press the “Power/Lock” button and the “Home” button at the same time to take the screenshot;
  • If the entire conversation is not covered up in a single screenshot, then continue doing so by scrolling down and taking the screenshots on the same message thread if you want to save them;
  • After you are done taking the screenshots of the messages, go to the Home screen on your iPhone, open the Photos app and then go to the “Camera Roll” or the “Screenshots” album;

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  • In that album, you will find all of the screenshots of the saved messages at the bottom of the recent Camera Roll picture. Select all of them and then tap the “Sharing” button to enable all of the screenshots to be shared. If you are finding difficulty in locating the share button, then it will appear as a box with an arrow pointing out on the top;
  • You now have all of the messages in the form of screenshots and you can save them by either uploading the images to the iCloud, sending them into your email inbox or any other place;
  • The time taken to upload all of the messages will depend on how many screenshots you have taken, if they are a lot then the time taken will be greater as well;
  • It is good practice to take the screenshot of the message as soon as possible so that you do not have to scroll down all over again, it also helps to upload them as soon as possible as well so that you don’t have to do it in bulk.

As mentioned before, this approach is tedious and takes a lot of time or effort but it is the most reliable and legitimate way of saving your messages. There is no risk of compromise as you are not using any other application or device that does the saving work for you.

How to Save iPhone Text Messages on a Mac or Windows PC using iExplorer

In this section, we will be taking a look at the second approach that will allow for the text messages to be saved on an external device, like a Mac or Windows PC for instance. We will be using a third-party tool called iExplorer; it will enable us to easily read, save, access and export all of the iPhone messages from either the phone or a backup to the Mac, Windows PC or even the iPhone itself. This method does involve using a third party application, which means that your text messages will be going through some channels, on the iPhone and on the device you wish to transfer and it is safe to say that it is easy to do so. Follow the steps below if you want to create a backup of iPhone text messages on a computer.

  • First, download the iExplorer application. Obtain the free demo version if you are not opting to pay;
  • Launch the iExplorer application on the computer and then choose to “Continue with Demo”;
  • After that, connect the iPhone to the computer via USB port to read the messages or if you are going to do so from an iPhone backup on the computer then choose to “Browse iTunes Backups”;
  • Select Messages from the onscreen menu for the iPhone or selected Backup option;
  • If the back from which you will be taking the messages is encrypted then select the “Decrypt Backup” button, enter the iTunes backup password to continue with the decryption and now you can gain access to the messages. It is a good idea to always enable iTunes backup encryption for safety and privacy purposes;
  • Browse through iPhone messages that will show up on the screen. You can see all kinds of messages, that include iMessages, text messages or even media that was shared to you via the Messages app on iOS;
  • To save a specific message thread, select it and then choose the “Export Conversation” option. It will prompt you to select a format, continue and select from a PDF, TXT or CVS file type to save the messages in that form.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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