How to Save Text Messages From Your Cell Phone

Written by louise balle
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It is a great idea to save important text messages so that you can refer to them later. For instance, a saved text message might help you win a case, if you need to prove that someone made a statement to you. You can file the messages for safe keeping on your phone or transfer them to your computer. Keep in mind that if you don't save your texts, they will automatically expire from your phone after a certain amount of time (usually about 90 days).

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Things you need

  • Computer (optional)
  • Word processing program (optional)

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    To Your Phone

  1. 1

    Open the first text message that you want to save on your text messaging list.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Options" menu (click your "Menu," "Preferences" or similar key to access your text messaging options). Select "Save" under the "Options" menu.

  3. 3

    Return to the list of text messages and again click your "Menu" or similar key. This time click "Open Saved Messages" or the similar option to ensure that your message has been saved into a new folder. When saved in this folder, the handheld will not delete the message automatically after a certain amount of time.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process for all text messages that you want to save.

    To Your Computer

  1. 1

    Open the text message that you want to save. Click the "Menu," "Preferences" or other key to access your various actions related to the text message again. Click "Forward" or "Forward As."

  2. 2

    Choose the option to forward the text message to your e-mail account.

  3. 3

    Open the text message in your e-mail account on a computer. Click inside of the message frame of your e-mail account and press CTRL + A to select the entire contents of the email (including headers).

  4. 4

    Copy (CTRL + C) the contents of the email and paste them (CTRL + V) into a blank Notepad or Microsoft Word document.

  5. 5

    Repeat this action for each text message that you want to keep. Save the word processing document to your computer's hard drive.

Tips and warnings

  • If you plan to use a text message to prove something, such as for a court case, save it on your phone as described in the first method because it is easier to prove that the message is authentic. Bring your cell phone into court. The second method is best if you only want to keep the messages for your own reference.

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