How to Export iPhone Text Messages to Mac or Windows

Messaging is in the vogue today as people love sending funny messages to their friends. Instead of spending time in calling, people enjoying texting messages. Interesting videos, emotive images say a lot more than what you can say in thousands of words.

Supposing one of your friends has sent you cool messages which you want to transfer to your Mac or PC, how would you do it? Well, you can transfer your iPhone files to Mac through iTunes but you wouldn’t be able to manage and edit your iPhone messages in the more meaningful way. Here is an efficient tool called iExplorer 3 that lets you not only export your messages to Mac but also allows you to edit them as per your wish.

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How to Export Text Messages from iPhone to Mac or Windows

iExplorer 3 allows you to transfer messages to your Mac and PC in the easiest possible way. Unlike other apps, it doesn’t involve much round about process. With the use of this app, you can easily load, read and save text messages. Here is more.

How to Transfer Text messages from iPhone to Mac

Step #1. Download iExplorer 3 for Mac or Windows, and Launch it. (Note: If you are using mac then make sure to move iExplorer to Applications folder.)

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Move iExplorer 3 to Applications on Mac

Step #2. Connect your iPhone to Mac or PC.

Step #3. Now, you will see your iPhone overview screen. Click on Data and then go to Messages. Or optionally, you can directly access Messages from by clicking Messages under backups on left menu.)

Click on Data in iExplorer in Mac or PC or

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Click on Messages from Left Sidebar

Step #4. When you click on Messages, this app will load text message. Your conversation threads will appear on the screen.

Step #5. Click on any thread or individual message and click on Export Conversation (You will have options to export your messages in PDF, CSV or TXT formats.)

 Export iPhone Text Messages to Mac or PC

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In case you are lazy to connect your iDevice to your PC/Mac

Step #1. Open iExplorer 3 that you have already download.

Step #2. Click on Browse iTunes Backups.

Browse iTunes Backup Through iExplorer 3

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Step #3. Click on messages from left menu (It will show you the message from latest backup from iTunes.)

Step #4. Click on desired message thread or message and click on export conversation.

Export Text Messages fron iTunes to Mac or PC

In both the cases you can sort the conversations by date, name etc.

Along with that, you will also get an option to transfer all the attachments in at one go.

It also lets you filter as well export videos, images or vCards among other stuffs in the conversation thread. Moreover, check out how much space a particular conversation has consumed if you want to explore more.

Apart from this you can also access your contacts, view your phone call log, calander events, safari history, notes, photos, apps, media library, voice mails etc.

That’s it!

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. Utilities like FonePaw iOS Transfer, iExporer, etc. are better than iTunes to manage iPhone. They allow me to preview and export SMS to Mac.

  2. good advice, but it is a little difficult maybe, for lazy people who do not even want to learn the guidence, what about a rather easy way, try FoneTrans, just a little click, the transferring issue will be done.


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