[4 Ways] How to Save Text Messages on iPhone

Messages are very important on iPhone because they have saved private and other crucial information. You will get 4 ways in this passage to save text messages from iPhone to the cloud or computer.


By Dylan / Updated on December 19, 2023

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How to save text messages on iPhone?

I have a lot of conversations with my business partners on iPhone and they are stored in the Messages app. I wish I could export them to computer. Anyone could tell me how to do this?

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Since the invention of SMS, text messages have been involved in your daily life and business. You send/receive wishes to/from friends and family, express bad feelings, and arrange your business through text messages. Some of them could be very important. In case of some unpredictable reasons, you might need to save your text messages to PC to avoid the loss of memory or business information.

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If you use an iPhone, there are a lot of ways to permanently save messages on iPhone. You can save your text message on your iPhone as text or pictures if you want or can upload them into iCloud so that they can be restored to any Apple device, like iPhone 6 or 7. If you don’t trust any cloud software, you can also back up your text messages into your computer with third-party software. Some solutions are given as follows.

🚩 Video tutorial to save text messages on iPhone

Section 1: Backup iPhone messages to PC with FoneTool

FoneTool is a free professional iPhone backup software. With its powerful features, you can save all your text messages to PC or just select some of them to save for free.

  • Easily Backup: To backup messages on your iPhone, you just click Messages on the interface, then select the messages you need and click on Backup.

  • Preview Messages: Whenever you back up or restore your messages, you could preview and select the messages to filter unnecessary ones.

  • Flexible Selection: When you back up messages, you could select just some of them rather than the entire folder and also do this when restoring your phone. It allows you to restore files to another device including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Widely Compatible: It supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15. And this application would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 17/16.

It is the easiest way to transfer messages from iPhone to PC using FoneTool. With the simple operation, your messages would be transferred to computer within seconds:

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Step 1. Download and install FoneTool and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the home screen, click Phone Backup. Choose Selective Backup, and click Get Started to continue.

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Step 3. Click the Messages icon to choose the specific items to back up if you need.

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Step 4. Unselect the other files if you don’t want them. Then click Start Backup.

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Section 2: Save messages as texts or pictures on iPhone

If you don’t have too many messages to save, you can just save messages as texts.

1. Find out the text message you want to save, tap the text for seconds, and copy that.

2. Choose where to store your messages. You can store them in your memo and upload them to the cloud, or write an email and send it to yourself.

This way is pretty simple. You can save the messages in screenshots but it would be acceptable just when you don’t have so many messages to save because you just save messages as texts, the details like the senders or numbers were missing.

If the details are needed, messages with no details could be hardly persuasive, so that you’d better print your screen. To print the iPhone screen, you need to make sure all the details have been shown on the screen, and then you hold the Side button and Volume Up button and quickly release the buttons. You can also use the assistive touch to help you get the screenshot.

If one screenshot couldn’t contain all the information, you need third-party software to get a long screenshot. You just capture the content you need and the software can help you connect them.

Section 3: Upload text messages to iCloud

For the files that take a little storage like text messages, you could easily save them to iCloud. This method could also be used to transfer SMS from iPhone to iPhone.

1. Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi and go to Settings.

2. Tap the ID (your name).

3. Tap iCloud.

4. Toggle on Messages.

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As long as you toggle on iCloud, it will automatically update all the information about your messages including history. You can check your messages anywhere with an Apple device.

Section 4: Save messages to PC with iTunes

You may have heard about some news about the privacy of iCloud so that it is not 100% save. If you have such misgivings, you could save text messages from iPhone to computer. iTunes is the official backup tool. It has many features but is quite difficult to use and you need to read the guide What Does iTunes Backup Include to know how iTunes works.

1. Download iTunes of the latest version.

2. Plug your iPhone into your computer.

3. Wait for your PC to detect your device and then tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

4. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper left and you will get into the following interface.

5. Click the blue-button Back Up Now and it will take some time to back up almost all the files and settings on your iPhone.

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You can’t select specified content to back up. If you want to see the messages you have already backed up, you need to repeat the mentioned procedures and click the white button Restore Backup next to the blue button. To get more flexible options, you can try the following solution.


There are 4 ways for you to save text messages on iPhone in this guide to help save messages as you want.

FoneTool is the best solution because it is easy to use and always lets you know everything about your messages.

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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.