A reader, Jetty, writes: “I am on a HOA board in my subdivision and have a lot of texts from other board members. I would like to find some way to print them or transfer them somewhere to print them. I have talked to AT&T and they suggested screen shots. My iPhone is a 5S and I do not have email on my phone. If you could help me, I would be so grateful.”
The solution largely depends on how many texts we’re talking about here, since Apple doesn’t have an option to easily export all text messages from an iPhone. If it’s a few dozen texts, it might be easiest to copy/paste the text from each message into a free service such as Google Docs (you can download the Google Docs app and sign in with a Gmail account). Once there, you can access the Docs on a computer and print it, or print directly from your phone to a wireless printer.
If you have a Mac computer and use the same Apple ID on it, you may be able to access these same texts in the Messages app and print directly from there. There are also ways to access the phone’s text database when you sync your phone with your computer and dig into the backup file directories, but it’s a cumbersome process.
If it’s worth $40 to you, the path of least resistance would be to download software such as iExplore (macroplant.com/iexplorer), which makes it easy to get a PDF export of all your texts to a Mac or Windows PC. The demo version might give you enough access to copy and paste the text yourself.
Good luck rounding up those messages!
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