How to Print Text Messages from iPhone with Ease (2 Ways)

How to print text messages from iPhone? This guide will tell you three methods to make it: with Screenshots, Email and FoneTool.


By Dylan / Updated on June 7, 2023

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The Need to Print Text Messages from iPhone

Although there are quite a few chatting apps that can let us get in touch with others, the traditional messages always occupy a place. Apple always adds new features to the Message app along with each upgrade and makes your iMessage experience more fun. The conversations contain various information, and now for the following reasons you want to print text messages from iPhone:

● The conversation means a lot to you, so you want to print it out on paper to back up.

● You want to give the printed messages as a memories booklet to friends/loved one.

● Need to present text messages as convincing evidence in a court for legal purposes.

Whatever the reason, here in this guide, we will guide you on how to print text messages from iPhone. And also help you backup your messages on your iPhone.

Method 1. How to Print Text Messages from iPhone via Screenshots

If you want to print full chat content with all the important details, including the contact info, the date and time, emojis, then you can take a screenshot of everything on the iPhone screen and print it out. This method is a good choice if you have only a few conversions to print out, now let’s start to see the detailed steps.

Preparation: It will use the AirPrint to help you print the messages, Please make sure your printer supports AirPrint. Then connect your iPhone and printer to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 1. Go to the text conversion on your iPhone and then take a screenshot:

- For iPhone X and later, you should press the Side button and the Volume up button at the same time.

- For iPhone 8 and earlier, you should press the Top or Side button and the Home button at the same time.

If you want it to reveal each message’s time stamp, please slide left on the screen. Refer to this Apple Guide if you have any problem when taking a screenshot.

Step 2. Open the Photos app and find the screenshot you just take before. You can select multiple screenshots together and tap the share button which looks like a blue up arrow.

Step 3. Find and tap the Print option to print out your text messages.

It’s simple enough to print out text messages from iPhone via screenshots. If you have no AirPrint-enabled printer at hand, you can try to send yourself an email with a screenshot accessory and open the email on your computer to print the messages.

Method 2. How to Print Text Messages from iPhone through Email

If there is no need to print text messages with contact info or time/date stamps, that’s to say, only print out the words, then you can try to print text messages from iPhone through email. Still, this method is not the best if you want to print plenty of messages because you should copy and paste messages one by one.

Step 1. Open the Message app and go to the conversation that you want to print.

Step 2. Tap and hold the message you want to print. Tap the Copy option to save the message to the clipboard. You can select multiple text messages at the same time.

Step 3. Open the Mail app on your iPhone and start a new mail. Long press the message body and select the Paste option to copy the messages.

Step 4. Enter your email address and send the email.

Step 5. Open the received mail and tap the Share button that looks like an arrow. Choose the Print option to make it. If you do not have a AirPrint-enabled printer, you can check the mail on your computer and print it from your computer.

Additional content: Backup Text Messages from iPhone with FoneTool

If there are lots of important data on your messages you don't want to lose, it is necessary to create a messages backup on your computer. Here you can use FoneTool. It is a powerful and reliable iPhone backup/transfer tool enabling you to backup iPhone music, messages, contacts, photos, music, and other data to computer/external drive/ USB drive and so on.

This tool supports selective backup. You can decide which messages to be saved to save storage. Besides, this tool allows you to perform an incremental backup that only backup newly added messages on your computer, so you can easily manage your data and save much time.

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Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable > Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup option > Choose Selective Backup and unselect the other data you do not need to transfer.

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Step 3. Click Messages > Preview and select the messages you need and click the OK button.

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Step 4. Click the Start Backup button and it will start the transfer.


Then wait for the backup process to get finished.


That’s all for how to print text messages from iPhone. If you only need to print a few messages, then you can take screenshots and print the images or send yourself an email with copied messages. If you want to print out a lot of messages, then you should export the messages from iPhone and print the transferred messages from computer. 

If you messages is important, please backup your text message with FoneTool. By the way, when you have a new iPhone and need to keep the messages, you can transfer messages to new iPhone by backing up and restore messages with this tool.

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.