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Methods for printing messages from your iPhone

Ever need to print a message from your iPhone? Most of us have. 

For instance, folks engaged in a lawsuit may need to print their iPhone messages and use them in court as evidence. Or messages on your smartphone may be needed to keep a paper trail of important communications.

Ways of printing iPhone messages

Method 1: Using Screen Capture 

You can use the iPhone’s own Screen Capture tool to take a screenshot of Messages. Open the Messages app and tap the conversation you’d like to print. Then take the proceeding steps depending on your iPhone model.

On an iPhone 13 and other models with Face ID:

° Press the side button and the volume up button at the same time. 

° Quickly release both buttons.

° After you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe left to dismiss it. 

On iPhone models with Touch ID and a side button:

° Press the side button and the Home button at the same time. 

° Quickly release both buttons.

° After you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe left to dismiss it. 

On iPhone models with Touch ID and a top button:

° Press the top button and the Home button at the same time. 

° Quickly release both buttons.

° After you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe left to dismiss it. 

To view the screenshots, open Photos, then go to Albums > Screenshots. Now:

° Tap one of the images you’d like to print.

° Tap the Share icon.

° Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Print.

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

° Now tap Select Printer.

° Tap the printer you’d like to use.

° Tap Print.

There are some disadvantages of using Screen Capture to print messages. It’s troublesome and inconvenient if there are lots of messages to print since it’s hard to capture a long dialogue. Also, it’s bothersome if you need to check the order after printing if multiple screenshots are taken.

Method 2: Using AnyTrans

Another, better option is to use AnyTrans, a utility that handles nearly all types of iPhone data. With it, users can select and print any message and thread they want with a single click.

AnyTrans can not only handle and print messages in iPhone, but also the messages users save on an iPad, iPod touch, and even an iTunes backup . All data — including date, time, images, and stickers — will be retained in the printed paper.  To print message form an iPhone with AnyTrans:

°  Free Download AnyTrans . Run & install it. Then connect your iPhone to the computer with its USB cable.

°  In Device Manager, choose Messages.

Note: If you find nothing after clicking Messages, this means you haven’t created the backup on your iPhone and AnyTrans can’t read your iPhone’s messages. You just need to create one. In the same window, you will find a note at the bottom, says: “You Haven’t backed up your device on this computer. Please click the button below to create a full backup. Back Up Now.” Click on “Back Up Now”, then you will see all the messages on your iPhone after this process finishes.

° Select the message conversations you want to print > Click Print.

° Step 4: Confirm the messages that you need to print > Then Click Print Now.

You can also view this video to see how to print text messages from iPhone using AnyTrans:

Bonus Tip: Print WhatsApp Messages from iPhone:

AnyTrans also helps backup and exporting WhatsApp (as well as Line and Viber messages) to the computer in HTML file, and you can print them from your computer too. 

Download AnyTrans, run it, then:

°  Choose Social Messages Manager, and click WhatsApp. You will see three options: Backup, Restore, and iPhone to iPhone. Click on Backup to make a backup of your WhatsApp messages on the computer.

AnyTrans will start backup your WhatsApp messages to the computer. When it’s done, click View to see them on your computer, and now you can print them from your computer.

You can view even more info by clicking here and here

the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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