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How to Export Text Messages from iPhone to PDF?

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Heather Marston

August 23, 2018 (Updated: August 23, 2018)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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My 10th wedding anniversary is coming up soon, and I would love to surprise my wife with a printed collection of some of our text messages. The problem is that going through the thousands and thousands of messages on my iPhone is extremely tedious and time-consuming. Is there a way to export text messages from iPhone to PDF, so I could select the best ones on my computer?

Besides surprising one's spouse with a unique gift, there are many other reasons why you might want to export text messages from iPhone to PDF. Maybe you use text messages to exchange important business information and want to have a reliable backup that you can read on any device. Or perhaps someone is threatening you, and you need to collect evidence for the police. Regardless of what your reason is, this article will teach you how to export text messages from iPhone to PDF in a few simple steps.

Step 1. Export Text Messages from iPhone

First, you need to download your text messages from iPhone to your computer. This is where iMyFone iTransor comes in. This easy-to-use backup and restore application puts you in charge of your own data, allowing you to export everything from messages to photos and videos to contacts and other types of data directly from your iOS device, iTunes backups, or iCloud backups.

iMyFone iTransor is compatible with iOS 11.4, iOS 12, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, and you can try it for free on Windows or macOS.

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How to Export Text Messages from iPhone via iTransor?

  • To export text messages from your iPhone using iTransor iOS Data Exporter, you need to launch the program and then connect your device to your computer and make sure the program recognized it correctly.
  • Then, select the Export from Device option on the Export from Device & Backup screen.


  • You will see a long list of supported types of data. Select Messages and click Next.


  • iMyFone iTransor will analyze your device and present you with a preview of your data. View the text messages you need to export and click the Export button to finish the export process.

view messages before exporting

iMyFone iTransor exports text messages either as an HTML or xls file. The former preserves the original display just like what on your iPhone screen, while the latter is the file format used by Microsoft Excel, making it perfect for bulk editing. If neither of the two file formats supported by iMyFone iTransor suits your needs (actually it will supports more formats in future updates), you can easily create a PDF file from the HTML file by following the steps below.

Step 2. Convert HTML File to PDF

To convert an HTML file to PDF, download the free trial version of Adobe Acrobat DC and select the Convert Web Page to PDF option from the Convert menu on the Adobe PDF toolbar. Then you will have a copy of your text messages in PDF format.

Tip. How to Back Up Text Messages on iPhone for Free?

Apart from exporting your text messages as a PDF file, it's also useful to have a complete backup that you can turn to if something ever happens to your device. This is something iMyFone iTransor can help you with as well. Simply select the Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud from the main screen and follow the directions to back up your messages totally for FREE.


As you can see, backing up iPhone text messages to PDF with iMyFone iTransor iPhone backup and restore tool could hardly be any easier. You can also use it to create a full or partial backup of your device with just a few clicks and for free, making it a must-have tool for every iOS user.

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