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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. copytrans contacts main window showing 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. 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 selected button in copytrans contacts

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

  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 emojis conversations in PDF

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

  10. The iPhone messages are now saved in PDF format. word and pdf files containing iphone sms

  11. This is how to save iPhone messages in PDF format.

    pdf document with iphone messages

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.