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Unlike some native iPhone apps, Messages does not support direct AIrPrint printing. The Photos app does support AirPrint printing, and creating a screenshot of a text message and then opening it as an image is simple. Open the text message on the iPhone and then press and release the "Home" button and the "Sleep/Wake" button simultaneously. You'll hear a clicking sound indicating the phone saved the screenshot.

 

An uncomplicated way to print the contents of a text message is to email it to yourself. Open the SMS message that you want to print; tap and hold the message for a couple of seconds. Tap the "Copy" button to copy the message text to the clipboard. Open the "Mail" app on your iPhone, enter your email address in the "To" field and then tap inside the message body text box and tap the "Paste" button when it appears to paste the contents of the text message. Tap "Send," open the email on your desktop computer and print it out on your local printer. You should note, though, that the time and date information does not transfer when you copy and paste the SMS message in an email.

 

If you don’t want to purchase an app or application to view and print your messages on a computer, there is a way to access the messages directly from an iTunes backup of your iPhone on a PC. The method used to view and print a message from an iPhone backup is not particularly straightforward and requires a little more work than other methods, but it is practical if you don’t have access to an AirPrint printer or want to avoid paying for a commercial application. To access the text messages you want to print, perform a backup of your iPhone in iTunes on your PC as you normally would. After completing the backup, open File Explore by pressing "Windows-E" and then navigate to the "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\" folder. Locate the file in the folder with the ".mdbackup" or ".mddata" file extension, right-click it and click "Open with Notepad." Scroll down to the messages you want to print, highlight the message text and then print it out from Notepad.

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