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When it comes to exporting iPhone SMS, iMessages, WhatsApp, Viber or Line chats, your choices are limited. There is no iMessages app on iCloud.com and you basically cannot display the messages on a computer or print them out easily unless you use the very crude method of taking screenshots of the conversations.

The steps below demonstrate an easy method to save iPhone messages and convert them to PDF so that you can readily print, share and view them away from the iPhone. This is especially useful for legal purposes as evidence in court but also for anyone who wants to keep track of and archive their private or business conversations. Let’s begin.

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Let’s export iPhone messages and convert them to PDF

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

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

  3. Start CopyTrans Contacts and connect the iPhone which messages you want to export. CopyTrans Contacts loads the iPhone contents in the main program window.

  4. Choose the speech bubble icon on the left. Once you see the iPhone messages appear, choose a source “SMS/iMessage”, “WhatsApp”, “Viber” or “Line” from the “Sources” pane on top. Select the message threads you wish to export. To export all conversations, check the box next to “Messages” on top of the list. To begin the transfer, click “Export selected”. export your iPhone messages

    Note: if you don’t see the messages in the main program window, please have a look at this article.

  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. From the popup, choose “PDF (multiple .pdf files)”. Choose PDF format to export your messages

  7. Browse to the PC location where to export the selected text messages then click “OK”.

  8. 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. Your iPhone messages are now saved in PDF format.

By krasimir

Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.