How to Save a Text Message on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Save a Text Message on iPhone

If you want to save a text message on your iPhone for future reference or to share it with someone, there are a few simple methods you can use. In this article, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Whether you want to save an important conversation or keep a record of sentimental messages, we’ve got you covered.

Method 1: Taking Screenshots

One of the easiest ways to save a text message on your iPhone is by taking screenshots. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone and navigate to the conversation that contains the text message you want to save.
  2. Press and hold the Power button (located on the right side for newer iPhones, or on the top for older models) and simultaneously press the Home button (located at the bottom center).
  3. You will see a flash animation and hear a camera shutter sound, indicating that a screenshot has been taken.
  4. The screenshot will be automatically saved in your Photos app under the “Screenshots” album.
  5. To find and access your saved screenshot, open the Photos app and go to “Albums” > “Screenshots”.


Remember that screenshots capture everything visible on your screen at that moment. If there are multiple messages in your conversation, you may need to take multiple screenshots to capture all of them.

Also note that this method only saves the text message itself; it does not preserve any additional information such as timestamps or sender details.

Method 2: Forwarding Text Messages

Another way to save text messages is by forwarding them to yourself via email. This method allows you to have a digital copy of the message with all the relevant details. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the Messages app and select the conversation containing the text message you want to save.
  2. Tap and hold the specific message bubble until a menu appears.
  3. In the menu that appears, select “More..”.
  4. You will now see checkboxes next to each message in the conversation. Tap on the checkbox next to the text message you want to save.

    You can select multiple messages if needed.

  5. At the bottom of your screen, you will see a toolbar with various options. Tap on the arrow icon (forward) located at the bottom left corner.
  6. A new message composition window will open with your selected text messages already inserted in it.
  7. Enter your own email address in the “To” field, add any additional information if desired, and tap “Send”.

When forwarding text messages via email, make sure that your email account is properly set up on your iPhone. Also, keep in mind that this method includes all relevant information such as timestamps and sender details, making it a more comprehensive way to save text messages.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Apps

If you prefer a more advanced approach or need additional features for saving and managing your text messages, there are several third-party apps available on the App Store. These apps offer various functionalities such as exporting text messages to PDF or other file formats, organizing conversations into folders, or even automatically backing up your messages to cloud storage.

To find and install such apps, go to the App Store on your iPhone and search for “text message backup” or similar keywords. Read reviews, compare features, and choose the app that best suits your needs.

Follow the app-specific instructions to save and manage your text messages effectively.

In conclusion, saving a text message on your iPhone is a straightforward process. You can take screenshots to capture specific messages or forward them via email for a more comprehensive backup.

Additionally, third-party apps offer advanced features for managing and exporting your text messages. Choose the method that works best for you and ensure that you have a reliable backup of your important conversations.

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