It is recommended to back up your iPhone every two weeks. If you’re wondering how to download text messages from iPhone without creating a full backup each time and view iPhone messages on PC, you’ve come to the right place!
It’s actually really easy to back up iPhone text messages (SMS, iMessages, WhatsApp, Viber, Line and Threema) to computer with CopyTrans Contacts. In this article we will show you how to save text messages and make sure all your data is transferred, including attachments:
◾ voice messages.
This guide will also come in handy if you want to view iPhone messages on PC or print them in a snap.
So, choose one of the options below:
✔ to Excel
✔ to Word
✔ to TXT
✔ to PDF
Export text messages from iPhone
Puzzling out how to transfer messages from iPhone to computer can be hard. Below you will find a reliable solution, CopyTrans Contacts.
To export text messages from iPhone:
Download and install CopyTrans Contacts from the following page:
If you need help installing CopyTrans Contacts, please refer to the installation guide.
Run CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.
- Click the speech bubble icon on the left-hand side of the main program window. You will see all your iPhone text messages.
- Select SMS/iMessage (or WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Threema) from the Sources pane on top. Choose the conversations you want to back up.
To export messages for a specific time period, click on the cogwheel symbol under the list of services and choose exact time frames:
Finish transferring text messages from iPhone to computer by clicking on Export selected.
Next, select the backup format:
Select Word (multiple .doc files).
Choose the folder to save the iPhone text messages. If unsure, select Desktop. Click OK.
The iPhone text messages are now saved as individual *.doc files.
You can now open a text message with Microsoft Word by double-clicking on the .rtf (Word) file.
Select Plain text (multiple .txt files). This will save iPhone SMS messages to your PC as individual plain text TXT files.
Select the folder to save converted iPhone SMS.
Your iPhone SMS messages are saved to your PC, with a separate folder for each conversation.
You can open these TXT files with Notepad (default) or any other reader.
Click Excel (single .xls file).
Choose the destination folder, or just select Desktop. Now click OK.
All selected iPhone messages are now exported in *.xls format, with a separate Excel sheet for each conversation.
Just open the file to view the iPhone messages in Excel.
Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
- Run the program and log in to iCloud if you want to find more backups. Once ready, click Find Backups.
You will see a list of all available backups: choose the one that contains your text messages.
If you are restoring from iTunes backup, you may be asked for a backup password. What password?
☁️ iCloud backups will be marked with a cloud icon and they are never password-protected.
- Click Messages, press Extract and select the destination folder.
Wait while all your messages are being unloaded to your PC.
Once the extraction is finished, you can view all your messages from the backup in .pdf format.
Text to Word
Saving iPhone SMS as Word documents is a great way to edit or print text messages on your computer.
CopyTrans Contacts acts as an SMS converter, turning your texts to Word documents quickly and efficiently. Now that you’ve saved your texts to PC, you are free to print or edit them.
SMS to TXT
Sometimes one has to save iPhone text messages in a plain text format for the purpose of printing iPhone SMS, archiving old iPhone messages on PC, etc. Proceed with the steps below to convert to SMS to .txt:
Use CopyTrans Contacts for converting iPhone SMS to text documents on your PC.
SMS to Excel
The steps below outline a quick way to export and view iPhone SMS text messages in Microsoft Excel. In order to view iPhone SMS in Excel, you have to export the messages to PC in XLS format:
This is how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer in the format of your choice!
CopyTrans Contacts features
Save text messages to computer from iCloud/PC backup
Need to export text messages from iPhone, but no longer have the device? Search for iPhone backups on your PC or in iCloud with CopyTrans Backup Extractor and extract your messages to PC.
Let’s get started:
If you need help installing the program, refer to the installation guide.
How to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer for free
Here is a little tip on how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer for free using CopyTrans Contacts. The trial version of the program is limited to 50 free actions – share to get up to 40 more actions! This option is available for any conversation that has less than 200 messages in it.
For details jump to the section above.
iPhone backup text message
Let us know how our instructions worked out for you in comments below!