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

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 7, iOS 11. 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

You will want to start by downloading and install dr.fone. Once that has been taken care of, connect your iPhone to one of your computer's available USB ports using your phone's charging cable. Run the program and from the main window, choose "Data Backup & Export".

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Step 2. Scan for iMessages on your device

The software will then look for your iPhone. Once it detects your iPhone, it will display all of the different file types available for your to backup or export to your PC. Since we want to backup iPhone messages to pc as well as backup iMessages to pc, we will choose "Messages & Attachments" and then we'll click "Backup" to continue. Keep your iPhone connected during the whole process as it will take some time.

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Step 3. Preview and save iMessage history to your computer

Once the backup process is complete, you'll see all of the data in the backup file as shown below. The power of this tool is your ability to customize how much, or how little, you send to your PC. Choose what you would like to include and then click the “Export to PC” button. It will create an HTML file of your selected content on your computer.

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

The second option I want to show you is MobileTrans Phone Transfer. MobileTrans Phone Transfer is another slick piece software that will allow us to backup iMessages to pc and/or backup iPhone messages to pc. The feature of the software that impressed me the most was how you could transfer all iMessages and SMS messages in one click.

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How to backup iPhone messages to pc and backup iMessages to pc in one click

Step 1. Select "Back Up Your Phone" feature

Start off by downloading and installing MobileTrans Phone Transfer. Once installed, connect your iPhone to one of your computer's available USB ports using the phones charging cable. Run MobileTrans and select "Back Up Your Phone".

select back up your phone

Step 2. Select iPhone data to transfer

MobileTrans Phone Transfer will now try and detect your iPhone. After MobileTrans Phone Transfer detects your iPhone, you can tick "Text Messages" on the window and click on "Start Transfer" to transfer our iPhone messages and iMessages to PC or Mac. Even though they are not specifically mentioned in the option, iMessages are included in the “Text Messages” option.

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save imessages to PC or Mac

You will want to make sure that you leave your iPhone connected the whole time it is transferring your data to your pc as this will take some time.

Step 3. Check our iPhone messages and iMessages on computer

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

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backup iphone imessages to PC

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

The final option I want to show you is backing up your phone using iTunes. There are two major pitfalls to using iTunes. First, it backs up everything on the phone with no ability to specifically select what you would like backed up. Second, it saves the backup in a format which makes the files unreadable on your pc. While it might not be as handy, iTunes can still be a viable option to backup iPhone messages to pc and to backup iMessages to pc.

Steps for using iTunes to complete a backup of your iPhone

Step 1: Connect you phone with iTunes

If needed, start off by downloading and installing iTunes. Connect your iPhone to one of your computer's available USB ports and run iTunes. iTunes will detect your device and show your device in the left side of the window.

Step 2: Initiate full backup to your pc

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: Verify and rename backup

After we backup our iPhone data to the computer with iTunes, we can go to "Preferences" > "Devices" to verify it worked or to give it a more meaningful name. If you are unsure how to find the backup's location, you can read this article: How to Find iPhone Backup Location

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Conclusion

Phew! We made it through all three and without too much difficulty. All three of these options have their pros and cons and your decision will depend mostly on the features you are looking for. If you are wanting more control over what you backup you will likely want to use dr.fone. If you are looking for something with a little more simplicity, or if you want to do a simple phone to phone transfer, you might choose MobileTrans Phone Transfer. Finally users looking for a complete backup of their iPhone will want to use iTunes.

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