How to Transfer & Backup iPhone SMS/iMessage Conversation to PC/Mac


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I want to save iMessage history including attachments on my iPhone to the computer, so that I can copy or send it to my Email. Is it possible? I use iPhone 6s, iOS 9.3. Thanks:)

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Part 1: How to Save iPhone SMS and iMessages to PC or Mac with Dr.Fone

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How to Transfer and Backup iPhone SMS Message from iPhone to PC

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Connect your iPhone via a USB cable to the computer, and then run the program. From the primary window, choose "More Tools" and then click "Device Data Backup & Export".

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Step 2. Scan iMessage on your device

When the software detects your iPhone, it will display the file type that you can backup or export to you. Choose the "Messages & Attachments" if you only want to save iMessages from your iPhone to computer. Then click "Backup" to move forward. Keep your iPhone connected during the whole process and just wait.

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Step 3. Preview and save iMessage history to your computer

The backup process will consume you a little time. After it, you'll see all data in the backup file as shown on the window below. Here, choose items from "Messages" and "Message Attachments", and then you can preview all your message contents, including iMessage and the attachents. Mark them and you can save your iMessages on the computer as a HTML file by clicking on the "Export to PC" button.

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Part 2: Save SMS & iMessages from iPhone to Compuer with MobileTrans

MobileTrans Phone Transfer is designed for data transfer between different terminals, including iOS, Android, WinPhone, Symbian, Windows computer and Mac. This software impressed me most is its easy-to-use. We can finish the data backup and transfer in one click. We can read the contents below for more details.

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Save SMS & iMessages from iPhone to Compuer in One Click!

  • Transfer SMS, iMessages, photos, contacts, videos, music and more from iPhone to PC or Mac.
  • Compatible with iPhone 7 (Plus)/SE/7 (Plus)/6s (Plus)/5/5s/5c/4S/4/3GS.
  • Fully compatible with Windows 10 or Mac 10.11
  • Supports iOS 10/9/8/7/6/5.

Steps to transfer SMS and iMessages from iPhone to compuer in one click!

Step 1. Select "Back Up Your Phone" feature

Run MobileTrans and connect your iPhone to the computer. Then we should select "Back Up Your Phone" on the window.

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Step 2. Select iPhone data to transfer

After MobileTrans detects our iPhone, we can tick "Text Messages" on the window and tap on "Start Transfer" to transfer our iPhone messages to PC or Mac. Here we can see that there is no "iMessages" option in the box. Actually, iMessages is included in the "Text Messages" option.

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Step 3. Check our iPhone SMS on computer

After the backup process is completed, we can click on the pop-up window to view the iPhone messages on our computer. We can also go the "Settings" to find our backup files or change the location of our backups on computer.

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As we can see above, it is very easy to save SMS/iMessages to computer with MobileTrans. If you are going to backup & transfer your iPhone SMS/iMessages to computer, MobileTrans is a nice choice.

Part 3: Backup iPhone SMS/iMessages to Compuer with iTunes

As we all know, iTunes can backup our whole device to compouter. So if we want to backup anything from our iPhone to computer, we can try iTunes to do that. But iTunes can only backup the whole device, it doesn't allowed us to preview and selectively save our iPhone data. And the iTunes backup files are not readable since they are save as SQLite database on computer. Whatever, if you don't mind this, we can still try iTunes. Let's see how to backup iMessages/SMS to computer with iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer. iTunes will detect your device and show your device in the left side of the window.

Step 2: Click "Summary". And then tick "This computer" and click "Back Up Now" in the right section of the window.

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Step 3: After we backup our iPhone data to the computer with iTunes, we can go to "Preferences" > "Devices" to check it or name the backups. If we want to find the iTunes/iPhone backup on PC or Mac, we can read this article: How to Find iPhone Backup Location

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Part 4: Conclusion

From this article,we can get 3 methods to save iMessages/SMS from iPhone to computer. Dr.Fone can allows us to preview and select the particular messages before the backup process. MobileTrans can help us to save all the text messages in one click, it is easy and simple. iTunes enable us to backup the whole device in a time. So it is easy to see that Dr.Fone is more flexible and friendly. MobileTrans is easier for us the finish the process. While as for iTunes, I believe you know it.

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