iPhoneTips & How-to

How To Export Text Messages to PDF Files

February 8, 2012 — by Simon Ng1


iPhoneTips & How-to

How To Export Text Messages to PDF Files

February 8, 2012 — by Simon Ng1

iphone text messageWe have covered how you can export your text messages on iPhone to CSV and keep it on computer. So how do you export the SMS as a PDF file? Here we will show you two ways to do it.

1. Messages2PDF (Jailbreak Required)

Recently an iPhone developer has put up a cydia app called Messages2PDF that allows you to export your text messages to a PDF file.

The app is very simple. Once installed, you can launch it from your iPhone’s home screen. The app reads all the text messages from the Messages app and displays them in a list. You simply select the text messages you want to export and follow the procedures to export them as a PDF file. After the PDF file is generated, you can send it to your email account via its built-in mail function.

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Messages2PDF is available through cydia for $1.49. You need to have a jailbroken iPhone to install the app. For procedures, you can check out our step-by-step jailbreak guide for iPhone.

2. PhoneView

Developed by Ecamm Network, PhoneView is an alternative solution for exporting SMS to PDF files. PhoneView is a backup tool for iPhone that allows you to backup different kinds of data such as call log, contacts, notes on iPhone. Apparently it also lets you save SMS as a PDF file.

PhoneView Messages

PhoneView offers a simple and intuitive interface. After you connect your iPhone to computer, you can click on Messages and the application automatically reads all your text messages on iPhone. It may take some time to read your text messages. Just wait for a couple of minutes and PhoneView displays your text messages in the form of conversation. To save the messages as PDF, click “File” and select “Save as PDF…”.

From my test, PhoneView works as advertised and it’s a comprehensive backup tool for iPhone. However, the tool is not free and costs $19.95. The company provides a demo version of the software, which is available for free download. If you’re interested in it, you can download the demo version to test it out.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of simonblog.com