Exporting Your Text Messages

Texting is a quick and easy way to communicate with friends and colleagues. Texts are typically short and succinct and can even include photos, videos and audio clips. The downside is they’re only on your phone, which makes it difficult to save them. Sure, you can always copy and paste individual messages but what if you want to save an entire conversation? Or even every text on your device?

iOS (iPhones & iPads)

  • The best solution is iExplorer. There’s both a Mac and a Windows version and it’ll cost you $35.
  • Another option is PhoneView, but it’s Mac only and runs $29.95.
  • There’s also CopyTrans Contacts. It costs $14.95 and is Windows only.

If you have an Android device the best solution is SMS Backup & Restore. Unlike the iOS solutions, SMS Backup & Restore runs on your Android device so you don’t even need a computer. And best of all, it’s free!