How to Print Text Messages from your iPhone

Usually when we get texts we just read the message, reply, and go on with our day. Sometimes, however, you get an important text that you need to save or document, either for legal reasons or to keep a paper trail of important communications. In this article, we'll cover how to combine screen shots with AirPrint to create a paper trail for your text messages. Read on to learn how to print and organize your text messages.

How to Print Texts Using Screen Shots

For this method to work, you'll need an AirPrint enabled printer. Check out Apple's list of available printers to see if your printer offers AirPrint or to help you purchase a printer. Then, follow these instructions:

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  • First, select the conversation you'd like to print.
  • Next, take a screen shot. You might need to take multiple screen shots in order to capture the whole conversation.
  • Now, go to the Photos app.
  • Select one of the images you'd like to print.
  • Tap Share.

  • From here, you can tap multiple images to add to your selection.
  • Swipe left on the bottom menu and tap Print.

  • Designate how many copies you'd like to print with the plus and minus buttons.

  • Now tap Select Printer. Select your printer.

  • Tap Print.

To make sure your images are in order, I recommend either numbering the screenshots via markup by editing each one before printing, or after printing going back through the text message on your iPhone and laying out your printed your pages to match the thread of the text. Then, you can number your pages with a pen so that your pages stay in order. Now you can staple, file, and share the document as needed.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer at iPhone Life. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Maharishi University of Management and his work has been published in the Rio Review and Breathe Free Press.