How to Easily Export Messages from iPhone as Readable Files

Messages are import on iPhone. You might need to save and read your messages on computer. Read this passage and you would know how to export messages from iPhone.


By Dylan / Updated on May 23, 2023

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How to export messages from iPhone

I need to save iPhone messages to computer now. For some reason, I must leave a copy of messages on my computer so I could check it when it is needed. Anyone could help me out. I would thank you a lot.

- Question from Apple Community

The message is a convenient feature on iPhone, which could be a good complementary feature to phone call. You can leave a message to the recipients when they can’t answer the call immediately. In addition, the message itself is a good tool. You can start or keep a conversation with someone at any time. Internet is not required because it is sent by your carrier and the history would be saved on your phone.

iPhone Messages Icon

With the upgrade of technology, text is not the only thing that message could deliver. You could send pictures, voice, and even videos. It makes communication fun and efficient. Your family or friends can send you lovely pictures and videos. Your business partners can leave you more information through messages.

If you have a lot of messages to backup, you might need the assistance of some applications. This passage would introduce you some ways to export messages from iPhone free of charge to computer. You could easily export messages under the guide.

Section 1. How to export viewable messages from iPhone to PC

FoneTool is a free professional iPhone data backup software. Features have been well-arranged in its interface. It could help you export messages from iPhone within minutes.

★ Preview the messages on your iPhone and select the needed ones.
★ View your image files of messages on computer at any time without the Internet.
★ Restore messages to iPad or iPod Touch to conveniently view them.
★ Supports most iPhone models including iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro/ 13 Mini and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 16/15.

FoneTool could quickly export iPhone messages to your computer and if you want to view them on another device, you could also restore them without covering any data. You could follow the steps below to export your messages.

Steps to select and export iPhone messages:

Step 1. Download FoneTool for free. Connect your iPhone to computer with lightning cable and tap “Trust” on it.

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Step 2. Run FoneTool, and choose Phone Backup > Selective Backup

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Step 3. Deselect other kinds of file if you don’t want them. Click on Messages icon to enter View and Selection. After selecting the needed messages, click OK.

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Step 3. Click the  Start Backup button and your messages would be exported from iPhone in minutes.

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Tips: You could view your messages on computer by clicking the Eye icon in Backup Management. If you need to restore your messages or view them on another device, you just connect your device to computer, and then select the task, click the Arrow icon and select Restore in Backup Management. You could also select the wanted messages in the backup copy to restore them to your device.

Section 2. How to export text messages from iPhone to PDF

Would you like to export text messages from iPhone to PDF so that you could show all the details of your messages? You could try Touch Copy but you need to know that it is a paid software. You need to purchase it if you want to export text messages as PDF documents.

Steps to export iPhone messages into readable PDF:

1. Download and purchase Touch Copy.

2. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

3. Click Messages on the sidebar and select the needed messages.

4. Click Save PDF and select the path.

Touch Copy export Messages PDF

Section 3. How to save text messages from iPhone with iTunes

If you don’t need to view the messages very often, you could save text messages on iPhone with iTunes. It would also export other files on your iPhone at the same time and saved them as encrypted files. Read this passage What Does iTunes Backup Include to know more about iTunes backup. You can’t view them on computer. If you need to view them, you could restore them to your device but you should notice that restoring iPhone with iTunes would cover all the data on your device.

Steps to export iPhone messages with iTunes:

1. Download the latest iTunes. Connect your iPhone to computer. If you met with a connection problem, follow this passage to solve it.

2. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper-left corner > go to Summary > Click Back Up Now. It usually takes a few minutes to complete the task.



Except for the simple ways like copying text and screenshot, another 3 ways are offered in this tutorial to help you export messages from iPhone to computer. Every method is helpful.

FoneTool gives you the most options to let you export iPhone messages in the way you wish. You could use it to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer without iTunes.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.