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How to Print Text Message or iMessage on iPhone or iPad

iMessage is a limited featured application that does not have printing options. You can print iMessage messages via printer, but it is a roundabout method. The messaging platform does not have a direct opportunity to do so, but we can use a simple trick to make it happen.

Does iMessage have Printing options?

Apple considered plenty of aspects thoroughly and implemented the features in the platform. As a consumer, I would love to have exciting features, including printing text messages. Millions of iPhone consumers want to record text messages for legal purposes or as proof. However, Apple did not add such functions in the mobile operating system, and it isn’t available on iOS 13 or later. Instead of direct options, we have to opt for roundabout methods, and that’s what we are going to do to achieve our target.

AirPrint Images & Pictures

iMessage recognizes media content such as Photos, Images, and Pictures that you can print from the iPhone. The option works flawlessly on sent & received messages, so there’s no limitation here. Of course, you need a wireless printer that has Wi-Fi enabled. The lighting cable does not come in handy in this case, and you need a wireless device to do so.

  • Tap visual media content in the iMessage to view it.
  • Click on the “Share” icon located at the top corner for more options.
  • Tap on the “Print” option located at the bottom menu.
  • Tap on plus/minus icon to increase and decrease the number of pages and then tap on “Printer” to send.
  • iOS will search for a wireless printer around 50 meters and tap on the printer’s name to send it.

You have to turn on wireless mode and accept the incoming request in the machine, and then it will begin publishing the images in A4 size paper or whatever selected.

Print Text Messages in iMessage

Are you having legal problems? Do you want to save the digital conversation in the form of physical evidence? Allow me to show you a trick that will let you print digital conversation in a piece of paper. All you need is an iPhone and a wireless paper, and you can do the same with a Windows, Linux, or macOS PC.

  • Open iMessage conversation.
  • Take a snapshot of the conversation using the inbuilt tool.
  • Go to Photos and open the snapshot.
  • Tap on the “share” located at the bottom left side, and it will open more options to print it.
  • Tap on the “Print” feature located at the bottom right side. If it does not appear on your screen, then slide your screen on the left side, and it will show up.
  • Add more copies of the snapshot by tapping on the Plus & Minus icon and then tap on “Printer” to find and send it.
  • Turn on the inbuilt Wi-Fi in the printer, and then make the transition possible.

Device owners have to accept the incoming request in the printing machine because it doesn’t allow random incoming commands. As per security precaution, you have to take manual action and print according to the size of the paper.

Print out iPhone Text Messages from desktop

Don’t you own a wireless printer? Most of the base models don’t have every modern feature, which could lead to complications, and the combination of lighting cable & desktop comes in handy. Readers need lighting cable for data transfer and Windows, Linux, or macOS running laptop or desktop. Fortunately, a desktop-class operating system has inbuilt options, and printing machines are compatible with it.

  • Connect your iPhone using a lightning cable.
  • Tap on “Allow” on the iPhone and wait for one minute for the desktop to load the drivers.
  • Go to “File Explorer” and then click on the “Apple iPhone” device and then navigate to the folder.
  • Find the Photo or Snapshot, and then mouse-right to “Cut” and “Paste” in local storage. Do not close the Apple iPhone window or change it because the action won’t work.
  • Open the image in the desktop viewer, where you will find the print option.
  • Choose the correct settings for the snapshot to print appropriately.

Make sure to choose the printer and configure it with Windows or another operating system. I consider this solution the easiest because you can print 100+ snapshots in one-go, and don’t have to come back for manual work.

Print out Text Messages from iPhone via Email

Important work arises while we are traveling or in the middle of the road. Of course, you are not near to the printing machine or cannot access it as of now. But, you have to send the prints to the client or boss, and then you have to use the wireless method to do so. Fortunately, you can send iMessages via Email, and it is a simple process that doesn’t consume more than 1 minute.

  • Take snapshots of the iMessages.
  • Go to Photos and select one or multiple photos.
  • Tap on the “Share” button for more options.
  • Tap on “Mail” to continue.
  • You know the drill from here on.
  • Tap on the “Send” button located at the top right corner of the phone.

The Email will be sent to the recipient, but you have to configure the account. Mail is an Apple app, so don’t worry about the security, and it supports popular email providers. In my case, I have configured the Google account in the Mail app, and the Email will be sent under my email address.

Bottom Line

Now, I have shown multiple ways for the readers to print iMessages on iPhone and iPad. Of course, I could not confirm a direct route to accomplish the task. Apple might not consider this feature anytime soon as it poses security concerns, and it is one of the selling points of the company. Let us know which method has come in handy in the comment section below.

Rajesh Patil
Tech Enthusiast and Author at iTechCliq.com


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