How Text Collector works

Printing your Text Messages seems simple, right? Well, it’s not quite as easy as it seems. Luckily, Text Collector handles the tricky parts for you.

There are things it doesn’t do, however. If Text Collector won’t work for you, check out the alternatives.

If you’re having trouble with a collection, email

How to convert text messages to PDF

Text Collector allows you to gather all (or some) of your text messages into a shareable file format, called a collection. A collection is a static copy of your messages at the time the collection is made, optionally filtered by date. Collections do not change once complete.

  1. Tap the New collection button.

  2. To make a collection based on a date range, select your Starting and Ending dates. (To collect all your text messages leave the date fields blank.)

  3. Tap the Collect messages button.

  4. Once the collection is complete, you can open it and:

    • Scroll through all collected messaged using the Next and Previous buttons

    • Tap the Find button to view messages from a particular individual

    • Tap the Share button to “zip up” for export

      You have the option here to export either the conversation you’re reading or all conversations.

      Unlocking the share feature requires a small one-time purchase.

  5. Share with yourself to copy the zip file to an ordinary computer.


Collections are only on the phone until you share them. To save a copy elsewhere, “share” it with yourself.

On a home computer, you can unzip the zip and print the conversations you need.

Email works well for sending relatively small collections, generally up to several thousand messages. For larger collections, online storage options like Google Drive or Dropbox work better.

These instructions are also available as a screenshots.