How Can I Get Copies of Text Messages From a Phone?

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a few favourite text messages, you can transfer them to your computer to save them. The simple process requires a cell phone that is compatible with a data cable and the appropriate drivers for your cell phone. Although most wireless phone companies store a copy of your messages for several months, they typically are unable to obtain these text message transcripts without a court order.

Install the drivers for your cell phone into your computer. This CD should have been included with your cell phone. If you have lost the CD, download the drivers from the website of the company that manufactures your cell phone.

Hold the power button your cell phone until the phone powers down.

Lift the plastic cover on top of the data port. Plug a USB data cable into the cell phone's data port. In many phones, the data port is the same as the port that connects to the charger.

Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB port of your computer. Click "USB" on your phone, if your phone gives you the option of selecting "USB" or "Charge."

Double-click on the "My Computer" icon, or "Finder" on a Mac. Right-click on the icon of the phone and scroll to "Explore."

Double-click on the "Messages" icon. Press the keys "Control" and "A," or "Command" and "A" on a Mac. Right-click on the highlighted messages and scroll to "Copy."

Double-click on the "Documents" tab of the "My Computer" or "Finder." Right-click on an empty area in the window and scroll to "Paste."


Save your text messages frequently if your phone automatically deletes old text messages.

Things You'll Need

  • Data cable
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