How to Export iMessages Conversation from iPhone in 2 Ways

Whether you want to save text messages from an iPhone to a computer or export iMessage conversation from your iPhone, you will learn some easy ways to do it from this guide. Read on and follow the steps to download iMessage from your iPhone with ease.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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Quick Answer:

It is not easy to export iMessage conversations from an iPhone to a computer. Overall, there are three different ways to download iMessage history. These methods include using Email, an iPhone data transfer tool, and iCloud.

The following is an overview of all methods, and each has its features. Now, you can choose and apply one to download iMessage history or export iMessage conversations from your iPhone according to the effectiveness.

💻Method 🔍Effectiveness 💎Difficulty
🥇iPhone data transfer software High - connect your iPhone to PC to export iMessage and text messages from iPhone to Windows PC or Mac. Easy
🥈Email Low - transfer iMessage history as attachments and download iMessage from iPhone to your Windows/laptop/Mac. Easy
🥉iCloud Sync Medium - sync iMessage conversations via iCloud in Settings. Easy

Method 1. How to Save Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

If you also want to save all the iMessage history from iPhone to computer, you can try the iPhone data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover. This third-party app allows you to download text messages or entire iMessage history from your iPhone to the computer and export text messages from iPhone to PDF directly. Besides, other types of iOS data like photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, and books are also transferrable with EaseUS MobiMover. (It will protect the  user privacy.) 

Here's how to copy text messages on iPhone to computer or download iMessage history with EaseUS MobiMover: 

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiMover. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen to trust this computer. Choose "Phone to PC" and click "Next".

how to export text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Select the category/categories you'd like to export from iPhone to the computer. Since you want to save iPhone messages to the computer, tick the "Messages" category. You can change the default path C:\Users\Owner\Desktop to other locations. Click "Transfer".

how to export text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to finish. The messages will be saved as an HTML file on your computer. Thus, you can view the details with a browser whenever you want.

how to export text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 3

With EaseUS MobiMover, you can transfer files between two iOS Devices or between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer without using an Apple ID. Thus, whether you want to download text messages from iPhone to the computer or add ringtones to iPhone, you can get it done using third-party tools like EaseUS MobiMover  with a USB cable. There are other ways to export iPhone text messages in addition to  using regular backups  . You can click the link to check for more workable ways. 

Method 2. How to Export iMessage History from iPhone via Email

It's quite easy to export messages or iMessage data from your iPhone using the email service. Via email, you can export iMessage from your iPhone to another device that supports email checking.  If you prefer an easy and  fast way to export iMessage history from your iPhone, follow the steps below to learn how to copy an entire text conversation on your iPhone and then export it from your iOS device as a printed document.

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone and click the conversation you want to save.

Step 2. Press and hold one of the texts in the conversation and choose "More..."

Step 3. Click the checkbox near the texts to select the entire conversation.

Step 4. After the selection, click the forward icon to create a new message.

Step 5. Enter your email address in the box and hit "Send" to export your iPhone messages via email.

Step 6. Once you download iMessage history, check it on one device.

How to export iMessages from iPhone

Method 3. How to Sync iMessage from iPhone

iMessages chats  can be shared across your devices that use the same iCloud account. With iCloud messages turned on, you can keep the messages on your devices synced and updated under the same Apple ID account. Thus, if you want to switch between your devices more smoothly, you can select iCloud to sync iMessage history across your devices using iCloud backup, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac, following the steps below.

On an iPhone or iPad:

Step 1. Open "Settings" and tap on your name.

Step 2. Choose "iCloud" and toggle on "Messages. " (you can also enable other items like screen recording.)   

On a Mac:

Step 1. Launch Messages on your Macbook Pro .

Step 2. Click "Messages" > "Preferences".

Step 3. Go to the "Accounts" tab and check the option "Enable Messages in iCloud" to backup iMessage text history.

📖Also read: how to sync text messages from iPhone to Mac


The Bottom Line: Export/Download iMessage Conversation Now

Now, you not only know  how to export iMessage conversations from iPhone or iPad but also learn how to download iMessage history  from iPhone. If you want to avoid accidental loss of your iPhone messages, you can back up your iPhone with a powerful tool like  iCloud or iTunes to keep them safe.

FAQs About How to Export iMessage Conversation

If you have any questions about how to export iMessage or download iMessage history, you may want to check the commonly asked questions below.

1. Can I see deleted iMessages from my Mac?

It depends on how many days you delete the mesaages. Once you delete a message, it would be moved into the Recently Deleted folder. You can view and recover deleted messages in this folder for up to 30 days with the same Apple ID signed in.

2. Is there a place to see deleted iMessages?

To see recently deleted iMesseges, Go to Messages > Edit or Filters > Show Recently Deleted in the Messages app.

3. Can iMessages be recovered from iCloud?

If you have backed up iMessage history to iCloud, then you can restore it from iCloud backup. If not, then you can't recover any messages from iCloud.

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Updated by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery.

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