How to Save iPhone Text Messages
How can I save my iPhone text messages?
I need to save all of my text messages to a PC, and the saved file should be readable. Does anyone have a good way to rip them off my iPhone 4? Thanks in advance!
The first way coming into my mind is to make a screenshot of your text messages showing on your iPhone. If you have many SMS, just make more screenshots, if you don't mind. OK, no kidding now. To save text messages on iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS as a readable file, it's not as difficult as you think. This article will show you two easy solutions.
To use either of the solutions, first of all, you need an iPhone text message extractor installed on your computer. One is named Wondershare TunesGo, specially designed to manage everything on your iPhone, iPad and iPod. The other is Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users), professional and safe. Both software empower you to save your iPhone SMS to your computer.
Download TunesGo and install it on your Windows computer. Then, follow the easy tutorial.
Step 1. Get your iPhone connected to the Windows computer
Launch TunesGo on the Windows PC. Then, connect your iPhone to the Windows PC by plugging into a USB cable. TunesGo will detect your iPhone at once. Then, you'll see your iPhone shows up in the primary window.
Step 2. Save iPhone text messages
In the left directory tree, click "SMS" to bring up the SMS management window. All text messages, iMessages and SMS are displayed there. Tick off the box before the messages that you want to save.
On the top line, click "Export to". In its pull-down list, click "Export All Messages" or "Export Selected Messages". Then, you get another pull-down list, which gives you 3 choices: "to XML File", "to HTML File" and "to TXT File". Choose one and find a destination on your computer to save the messages.
Try TunesGo to save text messages from iPhone.
Download the free trial version of Dr.Fone for iOS below to take a try. Choose the right version for your computer.
Next, let's check the steps of how to save text messages on iPhone to your PC or Mac. If you're a Windows user, please follow the guide in Part 1; if you're a Mac user, please turn to the guide in Part 2.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer
Connect your iPhone to your computer with a digital cable. Then run Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. If you using iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s, you'll get the primary window as follows.
If you use iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you'll see the main window below. Here you need to download a plug-in. You can click the "Download" button to get it in a few seconds.
Step 2. Scan your iPhone for text messages on it
As an iPhone 5/4S user, you only need to click the "Start Scan" button on the window to begin scanning your iPhone for data on it.
As an iPhone 4/3GS user, you need to follow the steps below to enter the device's scanning mode to scan your iPhone:
1. Hold your iPhone and click "Start".
2. Hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time for exactly 10 seconds.
3. Release the Power button, and keep the Homebutton pressed, until you're told that you've entered the scanning mode successfully.
After you've done the steps above, the program will automatically scan your iPhone for data on it as follows.
Step 3. Preview and save iPhone messages to your computer
When the scan completes, all data on your iPhone will be found and displayed in categories. Click "Messages" on the left side. You can preview the full content of all your message threads, including iMessages. Check this category and click "Recover". You can save messages on iPhone to your computer now. It's a readable HTML file, good for preserving or printing.
You can also watch the video tutorial below.
Step 1. Choose a recovery mode
If you're a Mac user, after running the program on your Mac, the first thing you need to do is selecting a recovery mode. To save messages on your iPhone, you need to choose the recovery mode of "Recover from iOS Device". Then connect your iPhone to the computer.
When you connect an iPhone 5/4S to the computer, the program will show as follows:
If it's an iPhone 4/3GS, the window will be like this way:
Step 2. Begin scanning your iPhone
Then, you can scan your iPhone now. For iPhone 5/4S, you can simply click Start on the window to do it. For iPhone 4/3GS, you're required to enter your iPhone's scanning mode to scan it for your data on it. Follow the guide below:
1. Hold your iPhone and click "Start".
2. Hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for exactly 10 seconds.
3. Release the Power button, and keep the Home button pressed.
When you're told that you've entered, release the Home button. The program will scan your iPhone automatically for data on it.
Step 3. Save text messages on iPhone to your Mac
The scan will take you a few seconds. After that, you'll get a scan result as follows. Choose the category of "Messages" on the left. You can preview the full content and save them to your Mac by clicking "Recover".