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Transfer Text Messages from Phone to Mac/Windows Computer

The amount of text messages that a cell phone can hold is limited, that's why you are frequently encounterred with a message from the phone that asks you to delete some messages so as to receive new ones. Well, the SMS you stored on your phone must contain important business information. So it is recommendable to transfer SMS from your phone (Android phone and iPhone ) to computer.

Following are several different methods for transferring text messages from Android phone or iPhone to computer. Just go through the content below and pick out your favorite way.

Part 1: Why we need to backup SMS from a phone to computer?
Part 2: Transfer SMS from Android Phone to Computer with Android Assistant
Part 3: Backup iPhone Text Messages on Computer with iOS Assistant
Part 4: Transfer Android SMS to PC with An Android App
Part 5: Transfer Android SMS to Mac with Mobile Transfer for Mac
Part 6: Bonus - How to Read SMS.xml on Computer

Part 1: Why we need to backup SMS from phone to computer?

You have memorable text messages received from your lover, your friends or your families and you wish to keep them forever. However, you cannot predict what would happen to your phone: You drop your phone, got your phone stolen or damaged, or have your SMS accidentally deleted by someone else. That is why you choose to backup them to your computer. The other reason for transferring SMS to computer is to free up your phone space. If the capacity of the text messages reached a certain degree, you will be prompted that you cannot receive new messages unless you delete some old messages.

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However, all saved messages mean a lot for you. You want to make a copy of the text messages on your computer before you delete them from your phone. (You can learn how to recover deleted text messages from Android) Now, we share two different methods to help you transfer SMS from mobile phone to computer, and what you can do if text messages are lost on your phone.

Part 2: Transfer SMS from Android Phone to Computer with Android Assistant

Transferring text messages from a cell phone to a personal computer is a simple task once you have Coolmuster Android Assistant (for all Windows versions) or Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac, a one-stop management tool for Android users to transfer files, such as SMS, contacts, photos, videos, music, apps, etc., between Android cell phone and computer. It empowers you with the full ability to manage your Android files on computer (Mac or Windows) directly. With its help, you can effortlessly extract text messages from cell phones and save them on your computer with one click. What is more, you can directly send the messages, even group messages from computer to specific cell phone.

Below is the detailed illustrated guide showing you how to transfer text messages from a cell phone to a computer by using Coolmuster Android Assistant.

Step 1. Connect phone to computer and run the program

To start with, you should connect your phone to an empty USB port on your computer via the data cable. Install and launch the Android managing tool, you will see the program will automatically detect your phone and show its detailed information in the main interface. You may need to enable USB debugging on your phone firstly.

Note: Coolmuster Android Assistant is fully compatible with all popular Android phones, including HTC, Google, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Huawei and so on.

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2. Scan and preview text messages

All files in your phone’s memory, SIM card, as well as your SD storage card will be scanned out and displayed in the left menu bar, including all income and outcome text messages. You can choose the "SMS" from the left and preview all the stored messages in details.

Note: By using this program, you can directly send messages from your computer to specific phone number.

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3. Choose output path and ready to export

Mark the text messages you want to copy to your computer and then press the "Export" button on the top menu to start the exporting. If you do not want to save the exported text messages in the default output location, you can customize a save location as you want.

Want to know how people are saying about this tool? Here is an evaluating from the person who has a background with using Coolmuster Android Assistant. Click here to read the review.

Video Tutorial

Part 3: Backup iPhone Text Messages on Computer with iOS Assistant

The recommended way to help coping iPhone text messages to computer is using iOS Assistant or iOS Assistant for Mac. As its name implies, it is specially designed to transfer and manage data on iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. With it, you can transfer text messages from your iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/6/6S to computer and restore the backup file back to your phone freely and easily. 1-click process, without any data quality loss.

Next, we will show you how to use the iOS Assistant to backup your text messages from iPhone on computer.

1) Connect iPhone to Your computer

Launch the iOS Assistant tool and connect your iPhone to the computer with the USB cable. The program will detect your iPhone automatically and display it in the primary window.

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2) Preview and select SMS for transfer

Go to the left panel where your iPhone contents are categorized and click to open the "Messages" category. All contained text messages on your iPhone will be scanned out and displayed on the right.

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3) Export SMS from iPhone to Computer

Select the text messages you want to backup and press the "Export" button which is located on the top of interface to export the selected messages from your iPhone to your personal computer.

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Part 4: Transfer Android SMS to PC with an Android App

In addition to the desktop software above, there are also many Android SMS backup applications can help you backup your phone SMS on SD card and then you can transfer the backed up SMS from SD card to computer. One of the best Android SMS backup app we want to recommend here is the SMS Backup & Restore.

Step 1. Go to Google Play Store to find the SMS Backup & Restore app, download it on your phone.
Step 2. Launch the app and tap Backup to backup text messages to SD card of your Android phone.
Step 3. Link your Android phone to computer by using a USB cable.
Step 4. Find your Android phone on the computer and open the SD card folder.
Step 5. Find the backed up SMS, which is in .xml file and copy it to your computer

sms backup restore tool

Part 5: Transfer Android SMS to Mac with Mobile Transfer for Mac

Although Android phone and Mac are running different OS, and it seems difficult to run Android on Mac. With the help of the Mobile Transfer for Mac, you can move text messages from Android phone to Mac computer without any complicated operations. In addition to SMS, it can also transfer contacts, photos, videos, apps, etc. from Android to Mac.


Step 1. Download and install Coolmuster Mobile Transfer for Mac on your Mac machine, pick up a USB cables to connect your Android phone to the same Mac. Soon, you can get the primary interface of the program like following picture.

Step 2. Choose the second option - Back up Your Phone. All the files on your mobile phone will be scanned and displayed here in categories.
Step 3. Preview and choose the files you want to backup on your Mac. Here, you should choose "SMS". Then, click "Start" button on the lower right corner to begin the SMS transfer from your phone to Mac.

Part 6: Bonus - How to Read Exported SMS.xml on Computer?

Most Android and iOS SMS backup software save the exported text messages as .xml file, .txt file or HTML file. TXT and HTML files can be read on computer directly. To read SMS .xml file, you need to draw support from a third-party tool like Notepad++, which is a free source code editor, allowing you to read the SMS .xml file without any trouble. But you can not edit the .xml file by using this Notepad++, otherwise, the .xml file will be damaged.

read sms xml file

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