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How to Download iMessages in 6 Easy and Quick Ways?


Nowadays, iMessages play an important role in communication for iOS users. Because it seamlessly blends text messages, photos, videos, and more. However, sometimes, you may want to download the iMessages from your iPhone for various reasons, such as backup, print, transfer and so on. So, here is a question: how to download iMessages from iPhone? You are lucky; this article lists the basic methods to download the iMessages from your iPhone. Please check it out.

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Way 1. How to Export iMessages with Copy-Paste Feature

The simplest method is to use the copy-and-paste function. But it's important to note that this method is only suitable for a small number of messages. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Highlight the text or media in the iMessage.

Step 2. Tap "Copy" or use the appropriate keyboard shortcuts.

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Step 3. Paste the content into a note, email, or any app that accepts text or media.

Way 2. How to Download iMessages from iPhone via Screenshot

Another quick method is to use screenshots. Simply open iMessages, select the message screen you want to save, and take a screenshot. Once you have saved the screenshot, you can transfer it to other devices or storage locations.

Way 3. How to Download iMessage History to PC/Mac via iOS Assistant [Fastest]

If you want to download your iMessages to your computer, you can use Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It is a powerful software that can help you manage and transfer your data from iPhone to your computer, and vice versa, not limited to messages. And it supports various formats such as HTML, CSV, TXT, and more. With this software, you just need one click can do this successfully.

Key features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Download iMessages to your computer selectively and quickly without losing data.
  • One-click backup and restore of all content on iPhone/iPad/iPod.
  • Freely edit, add, and delete data information stored on iOS devices directly on PC/Mac.
  • Support various file types, including contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, notes, bookmarks, books, calendars, applications, and more.
  • Universally compatible with all generations of iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Here is how to download all iMessages to the computer using iOS Assistant:

01After downloading and launching the software, establish a connection between your iPhone and computer using a USB data cable. The program will quickly detect your device. Click on the "Trust" option on your device and then click "Continue" to proceed.

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02Once the computer completes a thorough and fast scan, you will see an interface similar to the one shown in the picture below.

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03Navigate to the "Messages" category to view and preview all conversations within the program. You can freely select specific texts to download, and after selection, simply click the "Export" button and specify your preferred output format. The software will immediately start downloading iMessages to your computer.

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Way 4. How to Download iMessages with iCloud

You can also access your iMessages on your other iOS devices via iCloud. Just make sure you have backed up the iMessages to your iCloud and use the same iCloud account to log in. Here is how to export entire iMessage conversation via iCloud:

Step 1. When setting up a new iPhone and signing in with the same Apple ID used on the old iPhone, open "Settings".

Step 2. Tap [Your Name] > "iCloud".

Step 3. Turn on "Messages".

Step 4. Now, all iMessage history from one device will be downloaded.

download imessage history via icloud

Way 5. How to Export iMessages to Mac Directly

If you are a user of a Mac computer, you can easily access your iMessages on your Mac via sync. Here is how to download iMessage history to Mac:

Step 1. On your iPhone, open "Settings", then select "Messages", and enable the "iMessage" and "Sync on Other Devices" functions. (iMessages not syncing on Mac?)

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Step 2. On your Mac, open the "Messages" app, log in with your Apple ID, and then enable the "Sync on Other Devices" function.

Step 3. Wait for some time to allow your iMessages to sync between your iPhone and Mac.

Step 4. On your Mac, open the "Messages" app, and you will be able to see all your iMessage conversations from your iPhone.

Way 6. How to Export iMessage Conversation via Email

Another common way to export iMessages is using email. Just select the iMessages you want to export, then send them to your email through the email option. Here is how to download iMessages from iPhone via email:

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

Step 2. Hold down on any text within the conversation and select "More".

Step 3. Click the checkbox next to the text to select the entire conversation.

Step 4. Once selected, click the forward icon to create a new message.

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

Step 6. Check the messages on the target device.

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Way 7. How to Export iMessages from iPhone via SQLite

If you are an advanced user with a certain level of understanding of databases, you can also export your iMessages from iPhone using SQLite. This requires some technical knowledge, but it is an effective option for users who seek more control over the process. Here is how to export iMessage conversation via SQLite:

Step 1. Navigate to Finder on your Mac, then click on "Go" in the top menu and choose "Go to Folder".

Step 2. Next, type "~/Library/" in the field and press "Go".

Step 3. Simultaneously press "Command + Shift + Period" to ensure hidden folders are visible.

Step 4. Proceed to launch the "Messages" application and locate the "chat.db" file.

Step 5. Copy this file and paste it to the desired location, such as the desktop.

Step 6. Right-click on the copied "chat.db" file and select "Open With", then choose "DB Browser for SQLite".

Sum Up

The above are all the methods on how to download iMessages. You can choose the methods you like or suitable for your situation from them. But in my opinion, Coolmuster iOS Assistant is the best choice. It can not only help you download iMessages from your iPhone to your computer but also can help you manage your other iPhone data with ease. Download and try this software by yourself and I believe you will appreciate its features.

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