Sending text messages – or iMessages, SMS and MMS – is one of the most important things that people expect from their smartphones, even more so than phone calls. For many, the most important way to stay in touch with friends and family. We send dozens of messages in one day with silly jokes, important information, pictures and videos. These messages may be forgotten over time or lost due to a simple mistake. Many of us accidentally deleted a text conversation or failed to secure our smartphones or tablets before upgrading.
The easiest way to save text messages is to save them, but that's not always as easy as it sounds. You can not save a text as easily as a picture, but it is certainly feasible – it only takes a few steps. Luckily, we're here to show you how to save text messages in Android and iOS.
If you're using iMessage, read our guide to using iMessage in iOS 10 and iOS 11 or go to our tips for the top 15 iMessage apps.
How to save text messages in iOS
Before you start saving text messages, you should install iTunes. Some people are not keen on Apple Music and iOS Sync, but it allows you to make a backup of your iPhone or iPad in iTunes. Yes, you can create and save backups with iCloud, but it will be easier to get your lyrics (and other data) via iTunes in the future. You can download the latest version from here. If you prefer not to use iTunes, skip the next two steps and go directly to the "Use only iExplorer" section.
Step 1: Backing Up and Saving Text with iTunes  When you create an iOS backup, most of the data stored on your device is stored, including iMessages, SMS, and MMS messages. If you have not done so yet, make it a habit to create regular backups.
- Start iTunes. Then connect your iOS device to your computer.
- In iTunes, select your iOS device by clicking the icon in the upper-left corner of the window.
- Go to Summary – You should see a section labeled Backups on the right. Under Manually Backup and Restore, choose Secure Now . Once the backup process is complete, sections Latest Backups should be updated to show your latest backup. Alternatively, see Settings> Devices (Mac) or Edit> Settings> Devices (Windows) to see if the backup was successful.
Step 2: Access Your Backup Messages with iExplorer
Your messages are now being saved, but that's just the first part of the process. If you want to access it anytime on your computer, you need more software. Enter iExplorer, a premium program for MacOS and Windows that can, among other things, browse your iTunes backups and retrieve your various messages. It's $ 40 for the basic version, but you can also use the demo version for a limited time.
- Download iExplorer and follow the installation steps. Mac users need to run OS X 10.9 or higher, Windows users need Windows 7 or higher. Then start iExplorer.
- In iExplorer, look for Browse iTunes Backups in the left-hand column and select the backup from which you want to retrieve messages. Within this backup, select News .
- iExplorer calls your text messages with a conversation list on the left. Select a conversation to see your messages on the right, including all pictures and videos attached to them. You can also sort the conversation list by name, date, and number of messages.
- After choosing a conversation, you can export it as a PDF, TXT, or CSV file. You can even export the pictures or attachments.
Use only iExplorer
While the iExplorer can retrieve text from an iTunes backup, it can also retrieve text directly from your iOS device. It's perfect for anyone who wants to avoid iTunes as much as possible.
- Start downloading and installing iExplorer. Then start the program and it should open on the Device Overview screen.
- Next connect your iPhone or iPad. In the left column, click the name of your device. On the Device Overview screen, click Data> Messages . Remember, if you have never created a backup on your computer, you will only see one option for Loading Backup Data . You must first back up iExplorer before you can access your messages. So click on it to start the process. When you're done, continue to the next step.
- The iExplorer loads all the messages that are currently on your iOS device. The left column contains a conversation list. If you click on one of the conversations, they will be displayed in the right column. You can sort conversations by name, date or number of messages, and filter conversations to show only pictures, videos, or attachments.
- You can view entire conversations, including attached media and documents, using the export options below the open conversation. They can be exported as a PDF, TXT or CSV file.
Wondering if there are other ways to secure your iPhone? You can try these six iTunes alternatives.