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How to Save Text Messages to Computer from iPhone

This article guides you how to save text messages, iMessages and WhatsApp chats on your iPhone to your computer in a HTML format. TouchCopy, the app used to backup your messages, will also save all images, videos and audio messages sent or received as part of your iPhone conversations when you copy your messages as HTML files.

Check out our Droid Transfer page if you need to save Android messages in HTML format.

Save Text Messages from iPhone

Follow these steps to transfer text messages from your iPhone to your computer.

  1. Download, install and activate TouchCopy.
  2. Run TouchCopy and connect your iPhone
  3. On the "Messages" tab, select the messages you'd like to save.
  4. Press "Copy Messages" and select a location on your PC or Mac for your messages to be stored in.

How to Save Text Messages to Computer from iPhone

Detailed Descriptions of what TouchCopy can do with you iPhone messages can be found below.

Viewing your iPhone Messages

Save iPhone Messages To view SMS, MMS, iMessages and WhatsApp conversations on your iOS device, click the Messages icon in the category list in TouchCopy.

TouchCopy displays a list of contacts with whom you've had SMS & 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.

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.

Your WhatsApp messaging contacts and conversations are displayed under your SMS contact list, as shown below.

Transfer iPhone messages to your computer

Copying Messages to your PC or Mac as HTML

How to save text messages to computer: With a contact selected and a conversation displayed, click "Copy Selected Conversations" in the TouchCopy control bar to save that conversation to your computer. Select multiple contacts to copy multiple conversations at the same time. You can chose 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:

Saving Images and Videos sent with your Messages

If your conversations also contain images or videos (MMS), TouchCopy will also copy these to your computer and embed them 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.

Group Messages

Cleverly, 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.

Publisher: Wide Angle Software