3 Reliable Ways to Export Text Messages from iPhone to PDF


As we all know, messages play an important role in our daily life and work. Sometimes, we might need to save text message records from an iPhone for backup, sharing, or as evidence. At this time, exporting text messages to a PDF file is an effective method. This is because PDF files are not only easy to store and view but also preserve the integrity of the original information. Then, how do you export iMessages? This article will introduce several methods to export text messages from iPhone to PDF. Let's take a look together.

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Part 1. How to Export Text Messages from iPhone to PDF via Coolmuster iOS Assistant

Coolmuster iOS Assistant is a skilful iOS manager tool that can help users export multiple text messages from an iPhone to a computer with just one click. Besides, you can preview and selectively select the wanted messages to export from your iPhone among thousands of texts. In addition to messages, it also can manage other data on your computer.

Key features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Export contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, calendars, apps, bookmarks, etc., from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to a computer or iTunes for backup.
  • Import contacts, calendars, iBooks, bookmarks, iTunes backups, etc., from the computer to your iDevice.
  • Edit iPhone information on a computer, like contacts, bookmarks, etc.
  • Back up and restore iPhone data on a computer in one click.
  • Support almost all iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 15/15 Pro.

Here is how to download my text messages from iPhone to PDF using iOS Assistant:

01Install this tool on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

02The software will automatically detect your iPhone. Tap the "Trust" option on your iPhone if asked, and hit the "Continue" option to move on to the next steps. Once connected, you will see the main interface below.

the main interface of ios assistant

03Choose "Messages" from the left panel, preview and check the desired messages, and click the "Export" button to save them to your computer in the HTML format.

export text messages to html

04Open the HTML file you just exported with Chrome > Press the "Ctrl + P" keys simultaneously and choose "Save as PDF" beside "Destination" > Hit the "Save" button to save the file in PDF format.

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Part 2. How to Save Text Messages to PDF with Messages App on Mac

If you have a Mac and you have synced your messages to your Mac via iCloud, it's easy to export iPhone SMS to PDF using the Messages app on Mac. However, you may need to scroll up multiple times in the Messages app on Mac to load all past messages, so this method is more suitable for messages saved for a short period. To export text messages from iPhone to PDF for free, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.

Step 2. Choose the conversation you want to save as a PDF.

Step 3. Click on the "File" option in the menu bar.

Step 4. Select "Print" from the drop-down menu.

clcik print on your mac

Step 5. In the print dialogue, find the drop-down menu at the bottom centre and select "Save as PDF".

how to save text messages to pdf with messages app on mac

Part 3. How to Export iPhone SMS to PDF by Screenshot

Unfortunately, unlike the method using your Mac, Apple does not offer any convenience for iOS devices to download texts to PDF directly. In such a situation, what you can do is take screenshots of the messages you want to export and then save them as PDFs.

However, this method is not suitable for a large number of messages because it is very time-consuming. Here is how to convert text messages to PDF:

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Find the conversation you want to screenshot and take screenshots.

Step 3. Then, go to the "Photos" app > Tap the "Albums" tab > Select "Screenshots" > Choose the screenshots you want to convert to PDF.

Step 4. Tap the "share" button in the bottom left corner > Select "Print" > Choose a printer > Tap "Print" in the top right corner, and your message screenshots will be printed as a PDF file.

convert text messages to pdf by taking screenshots

What's more, you can also read this article to learn how to directly convert photos to PDF. Of course, you can also copy and paste the messages you want to export to PDF to a Word document. After that, convert Word to PDF to export the messages.

In a Nutshell

With the solutions mentioned above, you can swiftly export text messages from iPhone to PDF without difficulties. Considering efficiency and preferences, Coolmuster iOS Assistant comes to the top of our recommendation list. You can preview all message details and export all wanted messages in batches in a PDF file. Additionally, you can also export text messages from iPhone to other supported formats.

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