A friend of mine would like to print or save a conversation from Messages on an iPhone. The configuration is iPhone SE 2:nd generation with iOS 16.5 and a MacBook Pro (middle 2012) with Mojave 10.14.6. Is there a way to transfer messages from the iPhone to the Mac? And is there a way to print/save a message conversation from the Mac. Or are there other ways to accomplish this?
I know it is easy get a pdf-printout of a message conversation in Ventura, just select it, chose Print and select PDF. The result is a PDF-file formatted as the conversation.
Do you have an AppleID? If yes, use the credentials to log-in in the Messages App under Preferences/Accounts. If not, get one, it’s free.
I have over the years met many people who are not aware that the messages app on the Mac is really useful. They associate text messages firmly, but exclusively with an iPhone, but that hasn’t been true anymore for many years.
I don’t know iMazing, but would rather think you don’t really need it.
To get all of the messages over, you would also need to turn on Messages in iCloud for both the iPhone and the Mac. Signing in to iMessage now will only bring in future iMessage messages, plus you’d also need to turn on SMS forwarding to the Mac in order to get those messages over.
I am 99% sure that Messages in iCloud works with High Sierra.
Still, iMazing is designed to do this. Also, in Message on Ventura just now, I did File | Print for the message thread with my wife, and it said it would print on 10 pages. I thought it has to be more than that. I had to start scrolling up in the messages thread for it to recognize more. Each time I scrolled up a while and did File | Print, it recognized more pages each time (25 pages, then 37, then 53.) It took me a while to get to the top of the thread - every time I dragged the scroll bar to the top, more messages would appear - and then when I tried to Print, the app crashed, and when re-opened I was back to 10 pages again.
So I’m not sure File | Print does a full historical printout of a message thread without manually scrolling to the first message in the thread.
TidBITS helped me in a similar situation. As I recall, the solution was to turn on Enable Messages in iCloud. (In Big Sur, that’s at Messages > Preferences > iMessage > Enable Messages in iCloud. If it’s not there in Mojave, see if it’s somewhere nearby.) I don’t recall if it was necessary to find a similar switch on the iPhone; if this doesn’t work, look for something on the iPhone. Good luck. (There is a Sync Now button on the Enable Messages in iCloud line on my Mac. That might load old messages.)
I agree – if you work on a Mac, there are few reasons to use Messages on a phone. A few years ago a colleague texted me and after a bunch of messages asked me, “How can you type so fast on a phone ?” – My answer: “I DON’T type on a phone, I type on a [Mac] keyboard” :)