[5 Ways] How to Save Entire Text Conversation on iPhone

Wondering how to save entire text conversation on iPhone? Here this guide provides you with 5 ways about save a whole text conversation on iPhone,


By Demi / Updated on July 23, 2024

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How can I save an entire text message conversation?

Hi, I am seeking help to save an entire text message thread/conversation from my iPhone. I have a Windows PC. Is there a way to pull up my text messages so that I can save them complete with dates and timestamps?

- Question from Apple Community

Text messages may record much important information in our daily life, then you may wonder how to copy and export messages from iPhone so that you can keep the text message history safe and save your storage space on iPhone.

iPhone Messages

Here this guide comes, providing you with five ways about how to save an entire text conversation on iPhone to meet your different needs.

Way 1. Save all text messages from iPhone to computer (Easiest) 

To save a whole text message and free up storage space at the same time, you can rely on FoneTool, the professional backup software for iOS.

During the backup process, you can preview and select the wanted text conversation to backup. You are also free to view or restore the backup files whenever you need.

The steps are pretty simple. Download FoneTool to your computer and follow the steps below to make it.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Open FoneTool on your computer > Go to Phone Backup > Click Get Started under Selective Backup on its homepage.

Custom Backup

Tip: You can choose full backup, a complete backup of your iPhone is the most effective way to avoid important data loss. 

Step 2. Check only the Messages icon (You can also check other icons to backup relative files at the same time) > Select the messages you want to save to computer > Click OK to continue.

Select Messages

Step 3. Click the Backup Storage Path to choose a destination to save these text conversations> Tap Start Backup to begin the task.

Backup Messages

If you want to view the backup files, just go to Backup History to go to the Backup History screen. You can also restore or delete the backup here. If you need to export messages from iPhone as readable files, you can access the backup files in the folder to make it.

Restore To Device

Way 2. How to save entire text conversation on iPhone via email

Besides the third-party tool, you can also save entire text conversation on iPhone via email. You can copy and paste the wanted text message and send it to yourself via email. It can be helpful if you'd like to export entire text message conversation from iPhone to PDF. The steps are kind of complicated, and here is how to save all text messages from iPhone to computer in detail.

Step 1. On your iPhone, open the Messages app > Tap the conversation you’d like to copy.

Step 2. Press and hold a message until the options appear > Click More and check all or some of the text message conversation > Tap the Forward button to continue.

Share Text Messages

Step 3. Hold and press the text to select all content in the text box > Tap Copy > Create a new email and paste the message in the content box.

Step 4. Send the email to yourself and check the email from a computer.

Step 5. Open the email on your computer > copy the text to your computer and save it as a PDF file if you need to.

Way 3. How to save entire conversation from iPhone with screenshot

If you don’t want to go through too much-complicated steps when saving an entire text conversation on iPhone. Then, the simplest way is to screenshot the text conversation you need. On the one hand, it helps keep the original copy of your text conversation. On the other hand, it may be time-consuming if you have a large number of text conversations to save.

The way to screenshot is slightly different depending on the model of your iPhone. How to save a whole text conversation on iPhone,? Go to the conversation you want to save and follow the operations below to screenshot.

For iPhone with Face ID: Press and quickly release both the Side button and the Volume + button at the same time.
For iPhone with Touch ID: Press and quickly release both the Home button and the Top/Side button at the same time.

Take Screenshot On iPhone

Photos on iPhone are easy to be lost. Therefore, it is suggested to transfer photos from iPhone to computer with the tool we mentioned in way 1 for a photo backup.

Way 4. How to save a whole text conversation on iPhone with iCloud

The iCloud offers an easy solution to backup various types of data, including contacts, pictures, and messages. However, this platform does have limitations, such as the complex backup process that involves multiple settings adjustments.

To effectively save your iPhone text messages on iCloud, we will explore two different methods. The first method involves syncing your iPhone text messages with a Mac. Now, let's begin with a general backup of iPhone text messages using iCloud.

A. Steps to backup iPhone text messages to iCloud
Step 1. Access the Settings menu on your iPhone device. Tap on your name or image located at the top of the screen.

Step 2. In the new window, select the iCloud tab.

Step 3. Scroll down until you find the Messages option and activate the green switch.

Messages On

It is important to ensure that you have sufficient storage space available in your iCloud account. As a result, we highly recommend utilizing dedicated software such as FoneTool, which eliminates the concern of space availability issues.

By following these steps, you can securely backup your iPhone text messages and safeguard your valuable data. Remember to regularly check your iCloud storage capacity to ensure uninterrupted backup functionality.

B. Backup text messages from iPhone to iCloud by syncing with Mac
If you're looking to preserve your iPhone text messages, another viable option is to synchronize your device with a Mac. Below, you'll find the steps to export messages from your iPhone.

Step 1. Enable Messages on iCloud by going to Settings >Apple ID > iCloud > Toggle "Messages" to on (green).

icloud enable message

Step 2. Open your MacBook or iMac and ensure you're logged in to the same Apple ID as your iPhone > Launch Messages app on your Mac.

Step 3. Go to the "Preference" for Message > "Account" > Select your Apple ID from the accounts list > Tick the "Enable Messages in iCloud."

enable messages in icloud

Step 4. Once enabled, all messages on your iPhone will be synced to your Messages app on Mac. If not, you can click on the Sync Now button to start.

By following these steps, you can conveniently transfer your iPhone text messages to your Mac for safekeeping. This synchronization method provides an effective way to preserve your important conversations and ensure their accessibility across devices.

Way 5. How to copy entire text conversation on iPhone with iTunes

In order to create an iTunes backup, it is necessary to synchronize it with your iPhone. Once the synchronization process is complete, your text messages and iMessages will be automatically backed up. Let's learn how to copy an entire text conversation on iPhone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and launch iTunes. Locate the device tab situated in the upper-left corner.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Within the device settings, you will find a list of options. Choose "Messages" from the available selections and ensure that the Sync checkbox is selected, as illustrated in the provided image.

Step 3. Finally, click on the Apply tab located in the lower-right corner. If the sync doesn't occur automatically, select the Sync tab to initiate the process.

iTunes sync automatically

By adhering to these steps, you can easily sync your iTunes and create a backup of your text messages and iMessages. It's important to regularly perform backups to safeguard your valuable data and ensure its availability in case of any unforeseen circumstances.


That’s all for the five methods about how to save entire text conversation on iPhone. You can choose to take screenshots or email your computer to save the conversation. To keep the entire text messages safe, you can also rely on the backup software - FoneTool to backup the wanted messages to computer. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.