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It’s really easy to back up iPhone SMS text messages with CopyTrans Contacts. It works with all devices and iOS versions including iPhone 7s and iOS 10. Back up SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp or Viber messages complete with emoji, web links and attachments: photos, videos and contact files. You can view and print the backup on a PC running Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

This guide also comes in handy for those of you who need to prepare evidence for a legal case in front of a court or who simply need to archive some old iPhone messages on your computer. Let’s begin.

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Let’s back up the iPhone text messages

  1. Download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page: Download CopyTrans Contacts

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Contacts, please refer to this article.

  3. Run CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone. CopyTrans Contacts will automatically start loading all iPhone contents. Please don’t cancel loading. Wait until the process finished.

  4. After all the data is loaded, hit the Messages tab on the leftside pane. You will see all iPhone text messages. Select “SMS/iMessage” from the “Sources” on top. You can also select “WhatsApp”, “Viber”, or “LINE”. Select the conversations you wish to back up. If you want to back up all conversations, just tick the checkbox in the header. It’s also possible to back up only individual messages.
    Note: If you don’t see the messages in the main program window, please have a look at this article. Export iMessages to html

  5. To export messages for the specific period, click on a cogwheel symbol under a list of services and choose exact time frames: How to export messages for a certain period

  6. Initiate the backup by clicking on the “Export selected” button. back up iphone text messages

  7. Next, select the messages backup format. CopyTrans Contacts offers many different formats: Web page, Microsoft Word or Excel, plain text and PDF. select format to export iphone sms

  8. The Web page format permits the highest degree of interactivity with your backed-up iPhone messages. We recommend the Word format for editing your messages. The PDF format is the best for archiving or printing your SMS. Also use PDF to enjoy emojis conversations like the one in the screenshot below.Export messages to pdf

  9. Navigate to the PC location where to save the text messages locate iphone text message backup on pc

  10. Your iPhone SMS text messages are now safe on your PC in the format of your choice

Interacting with backed up messages

You can open the SMS text messages directly on your PC. To see your iPhone SMS text messages on your computer, simply double-click on the corresponding file. Html file is saved in a separate folder

The browser or Word will show you the conversation exactly as it is on the iPhone. Export messages to html

Restore SMS messages to new iPhone

If you just bought a new iPhone and are looking to restore your old iPhone SMS messages, use CopyTrans Shelbee. Download CopyTrans Shelbee

CopyTrans Shelbee is a free tool which allows you to make a complete backup of your old iPhone including SMS messages and restore them to a new iPhone. back up and restore iphone sms messages

This is how easy it is to back up iPhone SMS with CopyTrans Contacts.

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  • Lisa

    When I click the bubble … I don’t see any messages !

  • Kelly1

    My screen is black but I can still text with voice command and such. Will it work for me? Thanks.

    • Hi Kelly, is your iPhone correctly recognized by your computer once you plug the device in? If so, CopyTrans Contacts should be able to display and back up your iPhone text messages without a problem. Please make sure to contact our Support Team at the following email address if you need additional assistance: copytrans@copytrans.net