You can use various tricks to print your iPhone text messages without compromising their security. From copying the messages into an email body and printing them, taking screenshots of the conversation and printing them, to using software to save your text messages into PDFs before printing them.
Printing your text messages is essential, especially when you want to keep meaningful conversations of your crucial business discussions, legal evidence, or heartfelt conversations with your loved one in records.
Read on to learn how to print iMessages and preserve those meaningful messages in a tangible form!
1. The Magic of Screenshots
Capture the essence of your conversations with these trusty knights of preserving the digital experience. You can maintain a snippet of your conversation in a single frame by pressing a couple of your iPhone buttons.
Press your iPhone’s side and volume up buttons simultaneously to capture a screenshot. If your iPhone model has Touch ID, simultaneously press the side and home buttons to take a screenshot. Press the top and home buttons simultaneously if it has Touch ID and the top button.
Remember to press whichever buttons you have on your iPhone simultaneously and release them as quickly as possible.
Immediately after you take the screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears on your iPhone screen, most likely in the lower left corner. You can tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe it to the left to dismiss it.
If you’ve taken many screenshots, you’ll find them in your Photos app as images. To locate them, click on the albums, then media type, and select screenshots.
Tap on the screenshot image you want to print. You’ll see a square icon featuring an upward-pointing arrow. Scroll through the options to access the “Print” button, and tap it to start printing.
2. Transfer Your Messages and Print Them via Your Email
With this option, the process is a little tedious and doesn’t save the contact information of the other party involved in the conversation. That means you won’t be able to tell who said what or the dates and actual times the conversation happened.
This method is also tedious because you can only copy one message at a time. Thus, it’s not your best solution if you have a large amount of data.
But if you want to preserve or print just a few conversations, here is how to do it.
Open your text message app on your iPhone and choose the conversation you want to print. Long press on the message until a “Copy/More” dialogue pops up. Now click on “copy.”
Navigate to your email app on your iPhone, open a new message file, and paste your text. Enter your other email address and tap “send.”
Access your email account from a computer, navigate to the email with your text messages, and print them.
3. Utilize Cloud Storage
With a few taps, you can easily save and print your text message through the digital cloud. You can access it anywhere through the digital cloud on any given device.
With cloud storage, iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive—take your pick!
To save your text messages on the cloud storage services, upload them as screenshots or copy them as text and paste them into the platform.
Using cloud storage makes them easily accessible for future reference.
4. Decipher TextMessage
This desktop software allows you to seamlessly save and print text messages from your iPhone in just a few easy steps.
First, create a backup of your iPhone on your computer and;
Step 1: Link your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.
Step 2: Open the Decipher TextMessage application on your computer.
Step 3: Within Decipher TextMessage, select the desired contact whose text messages you wish to print
Step 4: Save the selected text messages by clicking the “Export” option.
Step 5: Locate the saved PDF file and open it.
Step 6: Select the “Print” option from the PDF viewer to generate a hard copy of the text messages.
AirPrint is like the DJ of the printing world, wirelessly connecting your iPhone to a compatible printer. The tool allows you to print your screenshots effortlessly.
With AirPrint, you don’t need tangled cables!
To use AirPrint, ensure your iPhone and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Additionally, ensure your printer supports AirPrint. This Apple guide has an outlined process for how to print using AirPrint.
6. EaseUS MobiMover
This tool allows you to back up your iPhone text messages and print them from a computer.
Here’s how to go about it:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC via cable.
Step 2: Launch the EaseUS MobiMover and tap the “Trust” option on your screen.
Step 3: Select “Phone to Mac” and click “Next.”
Step 4: Next, tick the “Messages” category and select “Transfer.”
You’ll find your messages as an HTML file, which you can open using any browser. Proceed to print your text message files.
You can download AnyTrans software on your Mac or Windows PC and transfer text messages for easy printing. You’ll need to download and install the program on your computer and launch it.
Step 1: Link your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable.
Step 2: Once you launch the program on your PC, locate the “Messages” option and click on it. AnyTrans will first ask you to back up your messages. Choose a location on your PC where the backup file will be saved.
Step 3: Once the backup process is completed, your messaging app will display on your computer’s screen; select the conversations you intend to print.
Step 4: After selecting your conversations, click the “TO PC” option to view different formats to export the text messages. Select the “Export as PDF‘ option.
Step 5: Choose the location to place/save the pdf file.
Step 6: Once you select the folder to place the file, navigate to where the file is and print your messages.
A bonus tip!
Besides the tips above, you can request a copy of your text message history from your phone carrier. This can be a process, but if it involves evidence you must provide in court, go for it!
With your newfound expertise, you can turn virtual communications into tangible memories. Take screenshots of your conversations and print the image, copy your texts, and paste them on an email body to print them. You can also use third-party software to help you print your iPhone text messages.