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How to print a text message conversation

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Joe Fedewa / Instruction Geek

The easiest way to print text messages from iPhone and Android is to take screenshots of the conversation and print them. There are also alternative methods using third-party apps for both platforms.

While there are ways to back up your text messages, sometimes you need a hard copy. We’ll show you how to print text message conversations from iPhone and Android, so you have a physical copy for court or personal records.

How to print text messages from iPhone

The easiest way to print text messages from an iPhone is to print screenshots of the conversation. Apple’s default “Photos” app conveniently has a “Print” option in the sharing menu. All you need is a Wi-Fi connected printer.

First, take a screenshot on your iPhone of the text conversation from the Messages app. To do this, press and hold Power + Volume Up keys or Power + Home button.

iPhone image buttons.
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Next, open the “Photos” app and locate the screenshots in the “Albums” tab. Use the “Select” button at the top right of the screen to select multiple screenshots.

Touch "Select" and choose images.

Once they’re selected, tap the share icon (square with the arrow pointing up) at the bottom left and select “Print” from the menu.

Choose "Print".

Apple’s built-in printing options will appear. Tap “Printer” to select a printer connected to the same Wi-Fi network, adjust the printer preferences, and tap “Print” when everything looks good.

press "Print".

Alternatively, you can download third-party software on your Windows PC or Mac to print a transcript of the text conversation. This is a slightly more involved process, but it does result in a cleaner look. Read our complete guide to printing text messages from iPhone for instructions.

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How to print text messages from Android

The easiest method to print text messages on Android is to take screenshots of the conversation. You can put those screenshots into a blank document and print to a Wi-Fi connected printer.

First, open the text conversation and scroll to the part you want to print. To take screenshots on an Android device, press and hold Power + Volume Down buttons for one second.

Press the Power + Volume Down physical buttons until the screen flashes.

Once you’ve taken the screenshots, add them to a blank document in Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Insert image in Google Docs.

When you have your screenshots laid out, look for a share button in whatever app you choose to use. It may be in a menu accessed by a hamburger icon or three dots. Select “Print” from the sharing menu.

Choose "Print".

You will see Android’s built-in print dialog. You can print to a Wi-Fi connected printer or choose “Save as PDF” and transfer the PDF to a computer connected to a printer. Tap the printer icon or the “PDF” button when you’re ready.

Press print or "PDF".

To get a cleaner result, you can try using an application called “SMS Backup & Restore”. Create a backup of your text messages, which you can then print as a neat transcript. Read our complete guide to print text messages from Android for instructions.

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Please note that we are not lawyers, and if you need hard copies of text messages for legal purposes, you should contact an attorney for advice. Printing from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device is generally easy, but unfortunately not for text messages.

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