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How to Print Your Text Message Conversations

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How to Print Out Text Messages for Court

Keeping a backup of your text messages is simple enough, however you might have some text message conversations that you need to print out and keep on paper, and use this either as evidence in court, or simply in your personal archive.

This article covers a couple of tools which will print messages from your iPhone or Android phone with all the information about the messages at hand: sent messages, received messages, contact's name and number, dates and times, emojis and images.

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Extra: Print a few messages using device screenshots >

How to print text messages and WhatsApp chats from iPhone

TouchCopy can access and copy any data from iPhones, iPads and iPods (there's no limit to the number of mobile devices that you can use with one TouchCopy license). In addition to text messages, TouchCopy can also save and print your MMS, iMessage and WhatsApp conversations for your reference, or for example for a court case.

The image below shows an iPhone message conversation displayed in TouchCopy. Please note that WhatsApp messages are displayed below all text message conversations in TouchCopy.

How to print text messages from iPhone for Court
How to Print Text Messages on iPhone

 

To print out iPhone text messages for court, follow these steps...

  1. Download and install TouchCopy on your computer.
  2. Run TouchCopy and connect your iPhone.
  3. Click the 'Messages' tab and locate the contact whose conversation you wish to print.
  4. Click the contact's name to view that conversation.
  5. Hit 'Print'.
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If you only require certain messages, rather than an entire conversation, you can set date-ranges in TouchCopy to select and print only messages between certain dates.

TouchCopy will display and print your messages in a familiar way as shown on your iPhone and includes all message data including: contact's name/number, dates/times messages were sent/received, and any emojis or images in the message. As such, all information needed will be printed with your messages.

For a visual guide on how to print out messages using TouchCopy, check out our video below!:

How to print text messages from Android

For copying or printing messages from an Android phone, we'll need Droid Transfer.

Droid Transfer can access your Android device's data and copy it to your PC or print it out. The software can find any SMS or MMS message conversations on your device, and print them in the order they were sent. Check out the image below where a conversation is displayed from the connected Android device.

How to print text messages from Android for Court
How to Print Text Messages on Android

 

Follow these steps to print Android messages...

  1. Download Droid Transfer on your PC and run it.
  2. Get the free Transfer Companion App on your Android phone.
  3. Scan the Droid Transfer QR code with the Transfer Companion App.
  4. The computer and phone are now linked. Hit the 'Messages' tab in Droid Transfer to view all message conversations.
  5. Select a message conversation and click 'Print'!

Transfer Companion:

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Droid Transfer:

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If you don't want to print an entire conversation, you can even set date-ranges in Droid Transfer to select and print only messages between certain dates.

Droid Transfer will print all message data including: contact's name or number (or both!), the date and time the message was sent or received, and any emojis or images included in the message. Conveniently, printed message data is presented in a familiar way, similar to that as displayed on your phone.

For a visual guide on how to print out messages using Droid Transfer, check out our video below!:

Extra: Print a few messages using device screenshots

The best ways to print out messages from iPhone or Android can be found above.

However, if you only need a few messages printing out you could simply use screenshots of the messages on your device.

The steps required to accomplish this are slightly different from device to device, but we'll cover the majority below.

Print out screenshots of your iPhone messages

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. Open the conversation you need to print and scroll to the portion you need.
  3. Take a screenshot.
    • iPhone X and later: Press and hold both the right side button and the volume up button at the same time.
    • iPhone 8 and earlier: Press and hold both the power button and the home button at the same time.
  4. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select your screenshot (you can select multiple photos by tapping "Select", then tapping your desired screenshots).
  5. Tap the "Send" icon, then send the screenshot/s to your email address.
  6. Now you can open the email on your computer and print out the attached screenshot!
How to print screenshots of iPhone text messages
How to print screenshots of iPhone text messages

Print out screenshots of your Android messages

  1. Launch the Messaging app on your Android.
  2. Open the conversation you need to print and scroll to the portion you need.
  3. Take a screenshot.
    • Press the Power button for a few seconds. Then tap Screenshot.
    • If that doesn't work, press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
  4. Open the Photos app on your Android > tap the menu icon > tap "device folders" > open the "Screenshots" album.
  5. Select your screenshot (enable multiple selections by tapping and holding a screenshot. You can now tap multiple screenshots to select them).
  6. Tap the "Share" icon, then send the screenshot/s to your email address (using the Gmail or Email app).
  7. Now you can open the email on your computer and print out the attached screenshot!
How to print screenshots of Android text messages
How to print screenshots of Android text messages

Can text messages be used in court?

Those of you who need to print iMessages, text messages and WhatsApp conversations as evidence in a court case, might be wondering if messages can be used as evidence in court. Please note that although we have been told by our customers that they have successfully used TouchCopy and Droid Transfer to print messages and present them as evidence in court, we don't have access to details of any such cases, or any involvement with any of the cases. Additionally, Wide Angle Software cannot guarantee forensic accuracy of any data recovered while using our products.

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