Export Texts from iPhone 5?

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  1. MotionMan

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    Is there a way to export texts from an iPhone 5, like into a computer text file?

    If it matters, I sync the phone to iTunes on a Mac running Mountain Lion.

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    Any other thoughts?

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    Are you asking if there's an officially sanctioned, built-in, way?
     
  6. MotionMan

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    No.

    However, I would prefer a free way that does not require installing another app on my phone or Mac.

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    There is no way to do it without a third party application, but iBackup Viewer is free and can export texts in PDF or text format.
     
  8. Childs

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    Off the top of my head there are two low ball ways that you can do this for free. Edit the sms, and forward it to email. Or simply copy the text, and then paste it into a note, email, etc.
     
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    Yeah, I am just strange that way. Rather than install another app, I was hoping there was a way to find where the files were stored on my Mac (or phone) and be able to extract the information from there.

    This is not an ongoing project. I really just need it for a set of texts that took place during a particular time period (and there are too many to copy, paste and e-mail).

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    Hmm, so you want something that can pull down an SMS file without leaving eviden--ahh I mean, an app on the screen.

    Hmmmmmmmm :whiste:

    Just teasing.
     
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    It's amazing that with all the crap they put on the phones that Apple's genius engineers can't build something like this into the phone. Look at how long it took for them to do the Do Not Disturb.
     
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    Mac.

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    I thought you could back up text messages via iCloud? Am I wrong?
     
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    You can, but its all or nothing I believe.
     
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    I recently had an impossible time trying to help a friend import/export csv files on an iPhone.
     
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    I use to use this publisher's DiskAid and it worked great. But then their meal ticket was to not support future iOS version and instead simply reinvent their own wheel by changing the product name for the newer iOS versions. That basically meant previous owners had to buy again.

    Sorry, not going to follow that one trick fony (ahem, pony).