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How to View Android Text Messages on Computer (PC & Mac)?

Android phone plays a significant role in human communication and connecting people to digital entertainment. And Android manufacturer keeps improving the product features and after sales service. Unfortunately, Android users are not provided with the ability to transfer SMS to PC or Mac computer directly. There are many reasons why people want to export the text messages from the mobile phone and save on their computers. Maybe for future record, or maybe they just want to view these Android messages on computer directly. But how can we save these important SMS messages to computer and view them on big-screen PC or Mac instead of the small-screen phone?

Where are text messages saved on an Android phone?

Differ from the media files like video, music and photos which are saved on the SD memory card on an Android phone and can be transferred or viewed on computer directly. Text messages database are saved on mobile phone's internal flash memory, which can not be read on computer directly. If you want to view Android text messages on PC or Mac computer, we need to draw support from professional third-party software that can help us to extract text messages from Android mobile phone and save as readable file format on computer.

Way 1: Read Android text messages on computer with Android Assistant
Way 2: View Android SMS messages on computer with Mobile Transfer
Way 3: Export Android SMS on computer for reading with Lab.Fone for Android

Read Android text messages on computer with Android Assistant

Coolmuster studio just launched its powerful software Coolmuster Android Assistant (for all Windows versions) or Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later), which can help to export text messages from Android devices to computer and save as .xml or .txt files easily. It supports almost all Android brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and so on. It also allows users to send and receive SMS via computer directly, and add, delete or edit contacts on computer. Let's take a look at its detailed user guide together. First of all, take a trail version of this Android managing tool with below buttons.

Below is the step-by-step guide showing you how to use Coolmuster Android Assistant to export and view text messages on computer. The following pictures are captured from Windows version. If you are running a Mac computer, you can also refer to the guide as below because the operations are almost the same on both Mac machine and Windows PC.

Step 1. Connect Your Android Phone to Computer

Connect your Android phone to the computer via a USB cord. Then, you will see the connected phone is detected by this program automatically. If it is the first time to run this software, you may encounter the following picture and required to enable USB debugging on your phone at first. If your device can be detected by the program, you can directly skip to the next step.

View Android Text Messages on Computer

Follow the below instruction to enable USB debugging:

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" < Click "Development" < Check "USB debugging".
2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging".
3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone" < Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging".

Once the USB debugging is enabled, click "Allow" on your phone to allow the program super user authorization when an Superuser Request pops up. Then, the parameter information of your phone, including phone model, system version and storage space size will be shown in the main interface like below.

View Android Text Messages on Computer

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

Step 2: Enter the SMS window

From the top menu, you can see all the files in your cell phone will be displayed in categories. Click the "Contacts" icon from the top and you will enter the Contacts window. By clicking on the "All SMS" option from the left panel, all the text messages in your phone will show in list on the right. Mark the SMS you want to read on your computer and click the button of "Export".

View Android Text Messages on Computer

Step 3. Start to export SMS at once

There will be a "Path" dialog appears after your click the "Export" button. Just choose an output location for saving the exported text messages and then click the "Ok" button to begin the transfer process.

After a few while, all the selected text messages will be exported to your computer successfully. You will see all the text messages are saved in readable .txt format and you can read them on the computer without any hassle. For more fantastic functions of the program, you can get it installed on your computer and try it out by yourself!

Video Tutorial

View Android SMS messages on computer with Mobile Transfer

Another way to check Android phone's text messages on computer is using Coolmuster Mobile Transfer or Mobile Transfer for Mac. It is not only a professional phone to phone data transferring tool, but also it can backup phone data on computer for further use. That's to say, it helps you to export all your text messages from your Android mobile phone to computer with only one click and save Android SMS in readable HTML or TXT file. That's not the end! You can also backup contacts, apps, music, videos, photos and more from Android to computer. Download the program from below:

Guide on how to use Mobile Transfer to check text messages on computer from Android Samsung, HTC, LG...

1. Lunch Mobile Transfer, connect your Android device and please be patient until your device is fully connected.
2. Choose "Backup on Computer" option from the main interface.
3. Open "SMS" folder and preview to select the text messages you want to transfer to computer.
4. Click "Start" button to copy those selected Android text messages on computer.
5. Now, you can read the exported Android messages on computer in HTML or TXT file format.

Export Android SMS on computer for reading with Lab.Fone for Android

Here is also a program helping you to export text messages from your Android phone to computer so that you can view them on computer with ease. It is Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android (for all Windows versions) or Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android (Mac), which is specially designed for Android users to recover lost and deleted text messages, as well as contacts, photos, videos, music, call logs and more from Android mobile phone and tablet with just several mouse clicks. Here is a detailed guide showing you how to recover deleted text messages from Android phone by using the Lab.Fone for Android. Both lost and existing SMSes can be detected by the program, so you can only choose the existing ones for exporting.

1. Download, install and launch the Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android on your computer;

2. Use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to the computer;

3. All detectable file types are displayed on the left, just click to open the "Messages" category to view all contained text messages, as well as the deleted ones;

4. Preview and select the deleted text messages you want back and click the "Recover" button.

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