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Transfer iPhone text messages (SMS), MMS, and iMessages to your Mac or PC computer?

With iMazing, you can easily save conversations from your iPhone's Messages app in various formats:

  • PDF – preserves the Messages' app bubble style.
  • TXT – raw text format.
  • CSV – format compatible with Excel, Numbers, or Sheets.
  • Attachments – attached files only (e.g. photos, videos, contacts, …)

Who is this guide for?

Anyone who wants to:

  • easily save or backup text messages to their computer or to an external drive.
  • export their attachments for safe keeping before deleting them.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing.



To export your messages to your computer:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device.

  2. In the left sidebar, select Messages.  To view your most recent messages, you may need to refresh your data.

    How to save iPhone text messages, SMS and iMessages to your computer

  3. Select the conversation(s) you want to export.

    By default, iMazing will export your entire conversation. If you only want to export specific messages, select them now.

  4. In the bottom toolbar, click one of the Export buttons. This will open a save panel dialog box.

  5. In the dialog box, select where you want to export your files and click Choose.


  • Use the CTRL/Command, or SHIFT keys to select multiple contacts or messages.*

What to keep in mind

  • If you want to transfer your messages to a new iPhone, you'll need to create a backup of the old phone, then restore that backup to the new iPhone.
  • You can change your Data export delimiter to Comma, Tab or Semicolon from iMazing's preferences:

    • Mac: iMazing > Preferences… > Other Data
    • Windows: Edit > Preferences… > Other Data

    How to save iPhone text messages, SMS and iMessages to your computer

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Updated 15 Mar, 2016
by iMazing Team


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