While our smartphones are capable of countless extraordinary feats, one of the most common is to send a text. Whether it 8217;s through iMessage, SMS, or MMS, for many, text messages are the primary way we stay in touch with friends and family. We send countless messages every day, whether we 8217;re checking in on dinner plans, sharing a cute cat GIF, or sending work-related info. These messages can be forgotten over time or lost because of a simple oversight. Many of us have accidentally deleted a text conversation or neglected to back up our smartphones or tablets before an upgrade, and we can end up losing everything.
The simplest way to preserve text messages is to save them, but doing so isn 8217;t always as straightforward as it sounds. You can 8217;t save a text as easily as an image (raise your hand if you haven 8217;t taken a screenshot of a text conversation. Put your hand down, you 8217;re lying), but it 8217;s certainly doable 8212; it 8217;ll just take a few more steps. Luckily for you, we 8217;re here to show you exactly how to save text messages from your iOS or Android phone.
Step 1A (PC or Mac OS Mojave and earlier): Making backups and saving texts using iTunes
Making an iOS backup will save most of the data stored on your device, including iMessages, SMS messages, and MMS messages. If you haven 8217;t already, make a habit out of creating regular backups.
Step 1B: Making backups on Mac OS Catalina
You 8217;ll see under Locations in Finder that your iPhone is mounted like an external drive. After selecting Trust you 8217;ll be presented with a layout very similar to the old iPhone layout within iTunes.
Here you can select Back Up Now and that will create a backup just like you would through iTunes.
Step 2: Accessing your backed-up messages using iExplorer
Your messages are now saved, but that 8217;s only the first part of the process. If you want to be able to access them on your computer whenever you want, then you need some more software. Enter iExplorer, a premium program for MacOS and Windows that can, among other things, sift through your iTunes backups and retrieve your various messages. It 8217;s $40 for one license of the basic version, but you can also use the demo version for a limited time.
Using just iExplorer
While iExplorer can pull texts from an iTunes backup, it can also pull texts directly from your iOS device. It 8217;s perfect for anyone who wants to avoid iTunes as much as possible.
Using SMS Backup & Restore
Step 1: Start by downloading and installing the app to your Android device. Launch it, and you should be taken to the main menu.
Step 2: Tap Set up a backup to begin creating a new backup. From here, you can choose what information you want to save, which text conversations, and where the backups will be stored. There are currently options for saving your texts directly to your phone, Google Drive, or Dropbox. You can also save the emojis attached to the texts, as well as name the backup files so they 8217;re easy to identify.
Step 3: If you don 8217;t want to manually save your text messages, you can set a schedule designed to back up your information automatically at specified intervals. You can do this in the app 8217;s settings, which are accessible via the hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner.
Viewing, restoring, and migrating texts
Step 1: You can view your saved messages by going to the main menu and tapping View Backups, where you 8217;ll be able to access them in XML format. You can also change the local folder they 8217;re saved to in the app 8217;s settings.
Step 2: If you 8217;re upgrading to a new smartphone, you can use SMS Backup & Restore to transfer your texts between devices. There are a few ways to do this, including the apps 8217; own Restore and Transfer features.