Method 4: View iPhone Text Messages on Mac via Messages in iCloud Starting with iOS 11.4, you can use a feature called Messages in Cloud that allows you to sync your messages on the cloud and your messages will become available on all of your synced devices. Jan 01, 2018 If you use the Messages app on a Mac with the same account you use on your iPhone and can see the conversation you want to keep in the desktop Messages app, you can also select, copy and paste the. 1 Transfer Text Messages by Backing Up iPhone to iTunes. ITunes is the basic backup tool that Apple offers to transfer almost all your iPhone data onto your computer, of course including text messages. And you can restore the backup back onto your iPhone to get your data. See how to transfer iPhone messages to the computer by iTunes.

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Today's instructions will explain how to download and copy iPhone text messages to any Windows or Mac computer. Once you have saved the iPhone text messages as a PDF file you can print out the text messages and iMessages including any photo attachments and forward them to anyone!

Detailed Steps

Copying text messages from an iPhone to computer is helpful for a wide array of different circumstances. Some people like to save text messages from family members or loved ones and others have a need to download or save text messages for court, trial, court, legal reasons, or for general business purposes. Whatever your specific needs are, it's easy to preserve and transfer iPhone text messages with the help of the desktop software program Decipher TextMessage.

Copy and save iPhone text messages to PC or Mac

Specific steps to download and copy text messages from iPhone to computer

  1. Backup an iPhone on your computer.
  2. Launch Decipher TextMessage.
  3. Select your iPhone.
  4. Pick a contact that has text messages you want to copy, download, or forward.
  5. Select Export to download the text messages as a PDF.

When you run Decipher TextMessage to copy iPhone text messages to your computer, all your iPhone contacts will be displayed in the program window.

After saving iPhone text messages to your computer, you can now print them out as a PDF

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  • Locate the PDF file saved by Decipher TextMessage on your Mac or Windows computer.

  • Open the PDF and review the document to makes sure the text messages you want to print are all present and displayed accordingly.

  • Choose 'print' or use the key commands “Command + P' on Mac or “Control + P” on Windows to open up the print dialog box.

  • Select 'print' and to print out the PDF of your saved text messages that you copied and downloaded.

Here is an example of what text messages look like when copied to computer as a PDF.

Time stamp and contact info on every message - Decipher TextMessage displays time stamps of when messages were both sent and received. The program will also display the contact on every single text message. This is helpful for documentation, discovery, lawyers, or court evidence. Realtors also find this feature helpful when they need to keep track of what clients sent and received specific iPhone text messages.

Privacy - When saving or printing iPhone text messages with Decipher TextMessage, all your data is private and local to your computer. The user controls everything and nothing is stored on external servers or in the cloud. Only you can access your saved text messages.

Video instructions on how to download, copy, and print iPhone text messages

Follow along to learn how to copy text messages from any iPhone to your PC or Mac. The tutorial video also details printing out text messages as a PDF document.

We hope today's tutorial has been useful and that you now know how to download and copy text messages to your computer from any iPhone. If you need further assistance, just send us a support email here at Decipher Tools Headquarters and we will write you back from either our San Francisco or Phoenix office.

Exporting Contacts from iPhone: It can be a pain to transfer data from phone to phone or between a phone and computer - but it doesn't have to be that way. This article presents 5 fool proof ways detailing how to export contacts from iPhone to computer.

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  • Extra: Import contacts into Outlook / Gmail

Method 1: TouchCopy

Our easiest and most robust method comes first in the shape of the TouchCopy software.


TouchCopy is the only tool you need for managing your iPhone with your computer. With it, you can copy all kinds of data like Music, Messages, Photos, Contacts and more.

TouchCopy is great and you can use it locally on your computer, so you don't need to worry about syncing with iTunes, or having a Wi-Fi connection for cloud services or email (as seen in our other methods).

Let's see how to export contacts to computer...

  1. Open TouchCopy
  2. Connect your iPhone with USB or Wi-Fi.
  3. Click 'Contacts' to view your iPhone Contacts.
  4. Hit 'Copy as vCard' (PC) or 'Copy to Mac' (Mac).
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Using this function will save standard vCard (.vcf) contact files to the location that you choose on your PC or Mac. You can also save the contacts directly into Contacts (PC) or Address Book (Mac) by using the relevant buttons in the TouchCopy toolbar!

You may also like: Import contacts into Outlook / Gmail

Method 2: Contact Transfer

If you have a PC using Windows 10, you'll really want to consider this option. Contact Transfer allows you to easily transfer your contacts effortlessly between iPhone, PC and even Android.

You can even create, edit and delete contacts on your chosen devices, right from your PC.

Let's see how to transfer your iPhone contacts to PC using Contact Transfer:

  1. Install Contact Transfer on your Windows 10 PC and launch it.
  2. Choose 'iOS Device' as your Source, and 'This PC' as your Destination. Click Continue.
    • Choose whether you would like to store your contacts in Windows Contacts, or as vCard files elsewhere on your PC.
    • Connect your iPhone to your PC using your USB cable. Once it has been detected, click Continue.
  3. Now you can select the contacts from the list on your iPhone that you wish to transfer to your PC.
  4. When you are happy with your selection, click Transfer.
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In order for Contact Transfer to access your contacts, they must be stored in your iPhone's local storage. If your contacts are instead stored in iCloud or another cloud platform, you'll need to download them to your iPhone.

Method 3: iCloud


iCloud is a great way to sync data like Contacts and Calendars between all of your devices. This method is great for people who like to access the same data across all iMacs, MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and iPods they own, but for others who like more control over their data, Method 1 may be more suitable.

To use this method to sync contacts from iPhone, you'll need to be connected to Wi-Fi.

Let's see how to sync contacts from iPhone to computer...

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud.
  2. Ensure that the 'Contacts' entry is toggled on (you may need to merge your iPhone contacts with any existing iCloud contacts).
  3. Next, log in to iCloud with your Apple ID from a browser.
  4. Click the 'Contacts' app icon.
    (If you don't need to save the contacts to your computer, you can skip the next steps).
  5. Click a contact, then do 'Ctrl+A' on your keyboard to select all.
  6. With all Contacts selected, click the cog icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  7. Hit 'Export vCard...' to save contacts directly to your computer

Method 4: Email

This method is great if you need to export only a couple of contacts here and there, but does not compare to TouchCopy and iCloud for bulk exports. You can export individual contacts from your iPhone via email.

In this way, you can quickly email a friend or colleague a contact's details, or even send the email to yourself so that you can access the contact from your computer. Here's how:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap a Contact you wish to send.
  3. Scroll down and tap 'Share Contact'.
  4. Choose 'Mail'.
  5. Compose your email and Send!

Your contact will be sent as an attachment, in vCard (.vcf) format, with the email.

Method 5: How to Export iPhone Contacts via Airdrop

Airdrop is Apple's amazing way to quickly transfer files between iPhone and Mac. Connect your iPhone and Mac to the same Wi-Fi network, then simply choose a file and share it via Airdrop.

If you need to export a long list of contacts, consider a different method, as you can only Airdrop 1 file at a time. As such, it can be a very long and tedious job to transfer your entire contact book 1-by-1.

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Here's how to export a contact from iPhone to Mac using Airdrop...

  1. Turn on Airdrop on your iPhone:
    • Open Control Center by swiping from the bottom of your screen, or from the top if your iPhone has Face ID.
    • Tap and hold the wireless control box to access more options.
    • Tap the Airdrop icon and select 'Everyone'.
  2. Turn on Airdrop on your Mac:
    • Launch Finder on your Mac.
    • Click 'Go', then select Airdrop.
    • Click the 'Allow me to be discovered by: ' link.
    • Ensure that you can be discovered by your iPhone. (choose 'Everyone'; or 'Contacts only' if you only wish to be discoverable by those in your contacts list).
  3. Next, on your iPhone, open the Contacts app.
  4. Select a contact you want to transfer, then tap 'Share Contact'.
  5. Tap Airdrop, then tap your Mac when it's detected.
  6. Your Mac will receive a notification. Click to accept the contact file on your Mac!

Extra: Import contacts into Outlook / Gmail

As we saw in Method 1, we can use TouchCopy to export contacts from iPhone and import them into Outlook with only 1 click. However, if you used iCloud or email to export iPhone contacts to your computer, you can still import the vCard files into your contacts manager like Outlook or Gmail.

Import iPhone Contacts into Outlook

  1. Open Outlook on your computer.
  2. Go to File > Open & Export.
  3. Select 'Import a vCard file', and then click Next.
  4. Complete the Wizard by setting your import preferences

For a complete guide, see Microsoft's guide.

Import iPhone Contacts into Gmail

  1. Open Google Contacts in your browser.
  2. Click 'More' > 'Import...'
  3. Locate your copied vCard files.
  4. Hit 'Import'!
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