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How to Save Text Messages to Computer from iPhone

This article guides you in how to save text messages, iMessages and WhatsApp chats on your iPhone to your computer in a HTML and Text formats.

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How to Save Text Messages to Computer from iPhone

Viewing and searching your iPhone Messages

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. Run 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 SMS, WhatsApp & iMessage conversations.

Clicking on the contact in the list shows the text (SMS), multimedia (MMS) and iMessages sent and received in that conversation. You can also search your contact list by name to display all messages by a particular contact.

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 below.

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. You can cancel this filter by choosing to show all messages under the Set Date Range option.

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.

Transfer iPhone messages to your computer

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

Search iPhone Messages

Save Text Messages from iPhone as HTML

Follow these steps to transfer text messages from your iPhone to your computer as HTML:

  1. View your messages in TouchCopy as described in the previous section.
  2. On the "Messages" tab, select the messages you'd like to save.
  3. Press "Copy Messages" and select a location on your PC or Mac for your messages to be stored in.
  4. Click "OK" to start the copy your messages.

Save all iPhone messages at once: If you wish to copy all your text messages, iMessages and WhatsApp messages in one go, when your messages are loaded in TouchCopy click on "Copy Messages" without selecting any of your conversations. TouchCopy lets you choose where on your computer you'd like to save your messages, the default save location is usually your desktop.

Save selected messages to computer: With a contact selected and a conversation displayed, click "Copy Messages" in the TouchCopy control bar to save that conversation to your computer. You can also select multiple contacts by holding down the Shift key and selecting conversations you wish to copy at the same time. You can choose the save location for the copied messages within TouchCopy.

TouchCopy saves the selected conversations as .html files, with each .html file named after the individual contact. You can open these .html files using a browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer.

Check out our video on how to save iPhone messages to computer:

Save Text Messages from iPhone as Text

If you just want a bare bones copy of your text conversations, this option is for you. Saving as Text will produce a plain-text document of your chosen conversation. If you want to save your attached images and videos too, you'll need to save as HTML with "Copy Messages" instead.

Follow these steps to save iPhone messages as Text:

  1. View your messages in TouchCopy as described in the previous section.
  2. Click the "Messages" tab and select the conversation you'd like to save.
  3. Press "Save Text" and select a location on your PC or Mac for your messages to be saved to.
  4. Click "OK" to copy your selected conversations in text files.
Save iPhone Messages as Text

Saving Images and Videos sent with your Messages

If your conversations contain images or videos, TouchCopy can also copy these to your computer. You'll need to use "Copy Messages" to save as HTML and the images/videos will be embedded in the .html file saved. TouchCopy will create an additional folder containing images and videos sent as part of your MMS and WhatsApp conversations. The images are saved as JPEG files, whereas your videos are saved as Quick Time Movie (.mov) files, so you can easily view and play these back on your PC or Mac.

Images will also be embedded in your saved document if you choose to save as PDF, however, when saving as Text, images and videos are omitted.

Want to save ONLY your image attachments? If you want to save your photos, but aren't too fussed about saving your text, this is totally possible with TouchCopy.

To do this, click the conversation with the photos you would like to save. You'll now see 2 tabs at the top of the preview window: Conversation and Images. Click "Images".

Here you can see all the images sent and received in your selected conversation. Hit "Copy Images" to copy them all, or select the desired ones first.

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