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Fastest way to save text message conversations

Trust us, there is no easy way of exporting text messages from an iPhone to a format that is suitable for printing.You can create screenshots, you may argue, but if we’re talking about a text conversation with hundreds of messages then forget about it. It’s doable, of course, but it will take forever.You could try and send the text messages as emails but all you are going to get is a mess of plain text files with no time stamps nor any other relevant details. Readable? Yes. Usable? Barely. Believe us, we tried.There are tons of so-called text exporters in the iOS App Store but some are misleading and they all require a computer anyway. Most of these apps aren’t free and don’t even have trial versions. Your hard earned cash is on the line whenever you risk trying these out.For text message backups, viewing and printing, you’re better off using a third-party application on your desktop.For Mac users, the best software we found is ecamm’s PhoneView.PhoneView taps on your iPhone’s data via USB or wirelessly so you can save, search and view your SMS text messages, iMessages and WhatsApp messages on your Mac, complete with any image or video files embedded within them.You could then export these message threads as neatly presented PDF files, all ready for printing.PhoneViewPhoneView can access your call log and voicemails too. You can view, search, then export your call log for printing. You can even listen to your saved voicemails within the software itself and export them to iTunes.Better yet, PhoneView has a Media Mode that will let you copy photos, music, movies and books from your iOS device to your Mac. All of this functionality is available instantly and you don’t even have to hack or perform any of that jailbreaking voodoo on your device.Unfortunately, ecamm’s PhoneView is only available for Mac at this time. It has a free version that puts a hard limit on the items you can view. The paid version, which they sell for $29.95, will unlock all functionality and free lifetime updates.If you are looking for an easy and elegant way to export your iPhone’s text messages or just about any other type of data on a Mac, give PhoneView a try.

Bonus: For Windows Users

Windows users, don’t feel left out. You could try the comparable application AnyTrans instead. AnyTrans exports all your personal data and media from an iPhone to your computer too. It could backup all your text messages and export them as PDFs similar to how PhoneView does it.AnyTrans has a seven-day trial but the full version is a bit pricier at $39.99. Click here if you want to try AnyTrans now.
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