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Hello,
I need to provide my text messages for the court – the whole conversation with the delivery service. To take screenshots is not an option – the conversation is very long…
How do I export text messages from iPhone to PDF?

Maybe you have an upcoming legal case, and you want to know how to print your messages for court…
Maybe you just want to create an archive of your business conversations…

If you are here, searching for a way to export your text messages – SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber, or Line chats – CopyTrans Contacts is right here for you.

IMPORTANT: when saving messages in PDF format, the file reflects the phone number of the sender and the recipient, as well as all the attachments!

Follow us, and we’ll show you how to export text messages from iPhone to PDF format easily in a couple of clicks.


Export text messages from iPhone to PDF

Here we advise using CopyTrans Contacts.

The program has a trial version, so you can test the method right away.

The perks of using CopyTrans Contacts:

⭐ See all your SMS, WhatsApp, Viber, and Line chats on PC;
⭐ Export messages to computer in PDF, DOC, etc.;
⭐ Save attachments in a separate folder;
⭐ Export your contacts, notes, and calendars.

Here is how to save text messages to PDF:

1. Launch CopyTrans Contacts.

You can download it here:

Try CopyTrans Contacts for free

Please, find help in our installation guide.

2. Connect your iPhone to your PC.

The program will start loading your messages, and you will see the loading icon.

IMPORTANT: please do not cancel the process or disconnect your device, as, during this time, the app is forming a backup of your contacts, calendars, note, messages, and attachments. Let the program finish loading.

3. Choose Messages (SMS, WhatsApp, Viber, or Line).

Click on the speech bubble icon on the left -> choose message type from the “Sources” -> Select the conversation threads you wish to export. To export all of them, check the “Messages” box on top of the list.

export text messages from iphone to pdf

NOTE: If you don’t see the messages in the main program window, see our troubleshooting guide.

⚡To export messages for a specific period, click on a cogwheel symbol under a list of services and choose the exact time frame.Save and print iPhone text messages for a certain period of time

4. Click on Export selected.

In the popup window, choose “PDF”.

Selecting format for exporting Viber messages

5. Choose a folder and press OK.

This is where your messages will be exported.

Export text messages from iPhone to PDF result

⚡ If you open the document, you will see that your iPhone messages were exported along with all attachments.
Download text messages from iPhone in PDF

That is how to download text messages in PDF.


How to download text messages

in PDF format: YouTube tutorial

If you’re more of a text person, please see our written instructions above.

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How to export text messages from iPhone

From iPhone backup saved on your PC

If you need your iPhone messages urgently but no longer have the device or you have already deleted them, you still have a chance to recover your messages in PDF format from backup on your PC or iCloud backup. How to download iMessages from iCloud? Saving SMS has never been so easy! Let us search for all options with CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

CopyTrans Backup Extractor can:

✔️ find iPhone backups on your PC, wherever they are;
✔️ find iPhone backups in iCloud;
✔️ extract messages from any backup to PC in PDF;
✔️ save attachments from a conversation.

Here is how to download messages from iCloud and iPhone backup on your PC:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

    Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  2. If you need help installing the program, refer to the installation guide.

  3. Run the program and log in to iCloud if you want to find more backups. Once ready, click “Find Backups”.

  4. Find iPhone backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  5. 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.

  6. Enter the backup password in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  7. Click on “Messages” and press “Extract”, then select the destination folder.

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  9. Wait while all your messages are being uploaded to your PC.

  10. Downloading text messages from iPhone with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  11. Once the extraction is finished, you can view all your messages from the backup in .pdf format.

  12. How to recover deleted messages iPhone result

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Let us know how our instructions worked out for you in the comments below!

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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.