How to View iPhone Messages on your computer

If you have a particular set of messages you need to access, but you don't know the date they were sent (or the contact the messages were with), TouchCopy can help.

Using TouchCopy's search function, you can pinpoint certain messages from your conversation history. In this way, you can easily view the messages in the familiar messaging format, copy the messages to your computer, or even print them out.

You can view and search your iPhone SMS, MMS, iMessages and WhatsApp conversations at once using a TouchCopy free trial. You'll need a TouchCopy licence if you wish to copy or print your iPhone messages.

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Viewing your iPhone messages in TouchCopy

Save iPhone Messages To view SMS, MMS, iMessages and WhatsApp conversations on your iOS device, follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install TouchCopy.
  2. Launch TouchCopy and connect your iPhone.
  3. Click on the "Messages" tab in TouchCopy.
  4. TouchCopy displays a list of contacts with whom you've had conversations.
  5. Click a contact to view your messages with them!
Transfer iPhone messages to your computer

Clicking on the contact in the list will display your conversation in the preview window to the right. This shows all of your messages sent and received in that conversation as well as other important data:

  • Texts sent and received.
  • Attached media (emojis, photos, videos, GIFS, etc.).
  • Contact details: name, image (optional) and number (optional).
  • Times and dates on which the messages were sent/received.

Your WhatsApp messaging contacts and conversations are displayed under your SMS conversations, please scroll down in TouchCopy until you get to your WhatsApp conversations as shown in the screenshot above.

Group Messages - TouchCopy even treats and organizes group messages, so they retain that format. Your group messages are displayed and copied by TouchCopy as they are displayed on your iPhone.

Viewing encrypted messages (requires data backup password)

If you previously created an encrypted iPhone backup in iTunes, TouchCopy will require a password for this backup before it will read your messages. This password is only used for TouchCopy to access messages on your iPhone and the app does not save or share this.

Save messages to computer from iPhone backup

If you prefer not to use encrypted backups with TouchCopy, so that a backup password is not needed when accessing your messages, please remove encryption from your iPhone backup, and then try using TouchCopy again.

Search for iPhone Messages

Search through your message content or contact names - You can even search for a specific contact or keyword by using the search box in TouchCopy. For example, I can type "Adam" in the search box, then hit Enter on my keyboard (or click the magnifying glass icon) to quickly find my conversation with Adam.

Alternatively, searching "pathfinder" will return the conversations in which pathfinder was mentioned! This can save a heap of time when you know what you are looking for.

Search iPhone Messages

By default, TouchCopy will show you the entire conversation which mentions your search term.

In TouchCopy's options, you can change this preference to "Only show messages matching search term". This is shown in the screenshot above and makes it super easy to home in on the messages you need.

Set a Date Range

You can filter your messages using the "Set Date Range" button in TouchCopy. Setting a date range will only return messages marked within the range specified.

This is great if you don't want to print out a huge thread of messages. You can narrow down your date range to include only the messages you need - saving your time (and paper)!

Set Date Range

You can cancel this filter by choosing to show all messages under the Set Date Range option (or on Mac, click "Date Range", then "Clear" and finally "Apply").

Publisher: Wide Angle Software