These days, you hardly call or mail people. Instead, sending a text message from your phone is way more efficient, given the hectic lives that people lead today. Add to that the advent of smartphones, and all you need to talk to someone is a few taps on the on-screen keyboard and hitting the “send” icon. There! Job done. Also, text messages allow you to carry on simultaneous conversations with many people, be it friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, or even the one you have a crush on.
Sometimes, you may feel like the conversation is really interesting, and may want to have a copy of it. Well, then what do you do? Despite all your messages being stored in the backup of Apple’s computers, they still have not developed a simple solution which will let users store their messages.
Fret not, as there exist ways you can back up text messages on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how.
You can copy and paste your messages into a document and then use a word processing application to save or print them. Or, you may keep scrolling through the conversation, while taking screenshots by pressing the Sleep/Wake and Home button simultaneously. As it seems, this process is cumbersome and time consuming.
- If you store your backups on iTunes, and haven’t deleted any text messages, they have already been saved on your computer. If you’re using a Mac, to access them, first go to Home, which is your user folder. Then go to Library, then Application Support, and finally Mobile Sync. To ensure that users don’t damage their systems by deleting data which is important, Apple keeps the user library hidden by default.
- You can find this library by opening Finder, then click Go, then Home, and then select Command – J and choose Show View Options. After that, you need to check the Show Library Folder Box. When you’re inside the Library, you can access the Mobile Sync Folder. You will be presented with a plethora of confusing file names. You’ll have to search a file with the name 3d07e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. It is important that you use iTunes to back your iPhone or iPad up, instead of iCloud. Otherwise, you won’t find the file. After you find the file, copy it and paste it to your desktop.
- To ensure that working with the file does not damage the backup of your device, it is best to not work with the file that is stored in your Library. Now, you can use an SQLite application to open this file and move around through your messages. This method appears to be and is quite complex, and isn’t as elegant as you’d expect for a task pertaining to an Apple device.
This method is an easy one, as it simply involves using third-party apps that can carry out this task with ease.
One of these is PhoneView, which costs $29.95. To use this, make sure that you’re backing up to iTunes, and not iCloud. Plug your device in and it will show up in the PhoneView browser. Enter your admin passcode. Now you’ll be able to navigate through your messages and you can also export them as PDF files. Caution is to be exercised when dealing with an app that has access to data this personal.