How to Export iPhone Text Message to PDF—The Easiest Way (2022)

Learn how to export iMessages to PDF to save space and keep your important messages on hand.

Need a record of your text conversation but don't want to scroll through your camera roll to find screenshots od it? If you're looking for how to export iMessage conversations to PDF, you'll get a lot of different options, from downloading apps to using your computer. But there's one method that's much easier. Here's how to export text messages from your iPhone to PDF.

How to Export iMessages to PDF

Keeping records of your iMessages or text messages can range from helpful to crucial. Whether you want to save directions someone sent you without always having to scroll back or need transcripts of correspondence for a court case, having a PDF of your text messages is an easy way to free your camera roll of screenshots and keep the messages in an easy-to-find location. PDFs are also easier to mark up and share, plus, they tend to be smaller than screenshots and therefore take up less space on your iPhone.

In order to export an iMessage as a PDF, you'll need to take a screenshot of it first. As of now, this part is non-negotiable. Once you have the screenshot, though, there's a very simple way to turn it into a PDF, even though other sources may urge you to download an app, or even get your computer involved. Neither is necessary. All you have to do is share the screenshot in Books, and you're good to go! Here's how to an iMessage conversation to PDF. For more easy iPhone how-to's, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. Take a screenshot of the iMessage conversation.
  2. Find the screenshot in your Photos app or Camera Roll.

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  3. Tap the Share button.

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  4. Scroll through to the end of the icons of sharing options.

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  5. Tap More.

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  6. Tap Books.

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  7. Your screenshot will appear in your Library in your Books app.

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  8. Tap the more icon.

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  9. You'll now be able to share it as a PDF.

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Now you're good to go!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.