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Free to Transfer Messages from iPhone to PC/MAC computer in a Readable File Format

by Edwin Liu | May 30, 2013 14:49 PM
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Nowadays, Message has become one of the most important functions for iPhone users. They often prefer to communicate with friends, families, colleagues and others through sending messages. Especially, with the releasing of iOS 5, its iMessage function is welcomed by all iPhones users. As sending messages through iMessage is free, now they choose to talk about more through this channel very often.

This has led to one result: Their iPhone becomes reject new incoming messages as too many messages are stored in mailbox. But they don’t wanna delete any one because among them there are too many precious text messages and MMS which were sent by parents, friends and other people. So, they want to transfer them to computer for backup so that they will have space for new massages. Now question is coming: Are there any free ways to transfer messages (include text message, imessages and MMS) from iPhone to computer? The answer is absolutely Yes!

As we know, iTunes can backup everything in our iPhone. So, the first method is to backup through iTunes. When your iPhone is connected to computer, iTunes will backup your iPhone automatically. But you have to make sure it is backed up to “This Computer”, if not, as some iCloud users may choose to backup to iCould before, you have to change the option to “This Computer”, then click “Back up now” button. After you finish this, you can search your iPhone message data files in your computer, and the file name should be 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. As there are different versions of operating process, the file should be backed up in different path.

  • For Windows XP, the file should be at: OS hard drive > Documents and Settings > [your username] > Application Data > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup;
  • For Windows 7&8, the file should be at: OS hard drive > Users > [your username] > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup;
  • For Mac OS X, the file should be at: User > Library > Application Support > MobileSync > Backup.

Inside the Backup folder, you will see one or more folders named with random numbers and letters. Click the most recently modified folder. In this folder, you will be able to find 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28, after that, you can go to this site http://iphone-sms.com, and upload the founded file to it and export it to Excel, PDF or HTML.

The above method sounds a little difficult and complicated. So I will give you another method: to copy all of the messages one by one to your Notes or make screenshots of them and then send by E-mail. And then you can download them to your local. This method may sound easy, however, it is cost you much when you operate actually.

So, now I recommend you a third Party software 4Media iPad Max Platinum, with it you can transfer all the messages including text messages, imessages and MMS from your iPhone to local hard drive easily and quickly, and all the transferred messages are in "Html File" or "Text File", you can view or even print them conveniently. And it can support all serious of iPhones, from iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4, 4S to the latest iPhone 5, and other iOS devices are also available in it.

4Media iPad Max Platinum has both Windows Version and Mac Version. Here I will take the Windows Version as an example, Mac users can go to download the Mac Version and refer to the following tutorial as well because the operating process of the two version are similar.



Run 4Media iPad Max Platinum in your PC. Connect your iPhone to computer, the application will recognize it automatically and show its information on the right interface.

Second, click the “Message” on the left panel of program, and all iPhone messages info such as Address, Date, Message, etc. are shown in the right interface.

Third, check one or more messages, and click "Export Messages" button, you can choose "Selected Messages" or "All Messages" for exporting to computer in the dialog box, and locate the target folder in the dialog box that appears. In addition, you can choose "Html File" or "Text File" as the type of export file. Then click "OK" button to start exporting.


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