How to Download iPhone Texts to a PC

By Scott Knickelbine

There are many ways to transfer text from your iPhone to your PC. There are wireless transfer applications that transfer content directly from your phone to your computer, and there are websites like Google Documents where you can upload documents from your phone and download them on your PC. But the simplest transfer method of all is simply to email the text to yourself. Using the iPhone's copy and paste functions, you can transfer text from nearly any application to your PC in just moments.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • Email account
  • Computer
  • Internet access

Step 1

Select the text you want to transfer from your iPhone by touching and holding your finger on it until a blue frame forms around it. Tap on the word "Copy" to copy the text to the clipboard.

Step 2

Open your email application on your iPhone by tapping on the "Mail" icon.

Step 3

Start an email by tapping on the "Compose" icon in the lower right corner of your iPhone.

Step 4

Enter your email address in the "To:" field.

Step 5

Tap and hold your finger in the message area until the magnifying glass appears, then release. Tap the "Paste" button to paste the copied text into the message field.

Step 6

Tap the "Send" button in the upper right hand corner of the iPhone screen to send the email.

Step 7

Open your email application on your computer, and open the email you just sent.

Step 8

Copy and paste the text from the email into any application.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can enlarge the text you select on your iPhone by tapping and pulling one of the blue dots, or "handles," on any side of the copy frame.
  • Look for an envelope-shaped icon or a "Share" button in your iPhone app; this usually allows you to automatically attach the document to an email.
  • If you need to preserve the formatting on your text document, it's better to upload the document from your iPhone to a document storage site like Google Documents, and then download it from there to your iPhone. Some iPhone apps have a dedicated button to allow this.
  • This procedure only transfers text; any formatting will be lost.