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How to print text messages from Android

You might think that something as simple as printing text messages from your Android device would be easy. Unfortunately, things are not as easy as they seem.

There is no built-in print functionality in the default Android messaging app or other standard messaging apps, but there are some workarounds that will come in handy in some cases.

This includes taking a quick screenshot of the conversation you want to print, using a third-party app, or connecting the phone to your Windows PC and printing messages from there.

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Print text messages with a screenshot

The screenshot approach is probably the easiest. It does not require any other apps or connections to other devices. And if you have Google Cloud Print set up, you can print it right from your phone.

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Find the SMS conversation you want to print. Then take a screenshot of the conversation on your Android device. If the conversation goes beyond one screen, just scroll and keep taking screenshots to the end. You might also consider taking a scrollable screenshot.

Find your saved screenshot, and select the Share icon at the bottom. Find and tap the cloud printer you have set up.

This will open the cloud printer where you can send screenshots of SMS conversations.

If you don’t have Cloud Print setup for your Android device, you can select Email on the Share page screen. Send the screenshot to your email address so you can open and print it from your computer or anywhere you have access to a printer. You can also transfer the screenshot to your computer using a cloud storage service such as Google Drive or OneDrive.

Print text messages with a backup

If printing screenshots of your SMS conversation isn’t a method for you, another option is to use third-party apps to print text messages from Android.

SuperBackup & Restore is one of the best apps for this.

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Install the app on your phone and then launch it. Printing SMS messages from this app only requires a few simple steps.

1. On the home screen, tap SMS. This will open a variety of options available for managing SMS messages stored on your phone.

2. Select button Conversations Backup on that screen.

3. Select the check box next to the SMS conversation you want to print.

If you want to print multiple conversations, you can select multiple checkboxes and backup them as well.

Back on the SMS screen, you can now choose which of your backed up SMS conversations to print.

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4. Back on the SMS screen, select the . button View backups.

5. Select the file you backed up for the text messages you want to print.

6. Click on the printer icon that appears at the top of the window.

7. Go to the cloud printing options to send the printout to your printer.

If you don’t have the cloud printer set up, you can choose to print to PDF instead. Then transfer the PDF file to your computer using Google Drive, or send it to your email account.

Print text messages using the Your Phone app

If you are having a hard time printing anything from your phone, there is another option that might work better for you. You can simply access your text messages from your computer, then print them from there.

One of the easiest ways to do this is if you have a Windows 10 PC. You can use the Your Phone Companion app. You can download and install the Your Phone Companion app for Android. You will also need to have the Your Phone Windows app installed on your PC.

If you have never used or setup this app before we have this Your Phone app guide that will help you.

note: Although there is no Your Phone app for iPhone, you can use the SMS Export app on iTunes to export your messages to PC as a CSV or XML file and print them there.
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Once you have the apps installed on your Android and Windows device, you’ll be ready to start printing text messages from your Android device.

1. Synchronize your phone with your Windows PC by running both apps at the same time. Follow any instructions to sync the two devices.

2. Select Link Messages in the home page.

3. Browse and select the text message conversation you want to print.

4. Text messages from your Android device will appear in the left pane. You can now take a screenshot of the messages to print.

Just like the process of taking screenshots to print text messages from your Android device, you will need to scroll to the next section of longer conversations and repeat taking screenshots until the entire conversation has been captured.

Printing these screenshots is no different from printing any other images saved on your computer.

Print text messages from Android

Unfortunately, there is no direct way to print SMS messages from your Android messaging app. However, there are a lot of useful solutions, as you can see above.

Printing text messages from your Android device can be very useful when you are having an important conversation with someone you don’t want to lose. Consider archiving the ones using cloud storage or on your computer to conserve space on your phone, since screenshots tend to take up a lot of storage space. Learn how to backup, restore, and transfer text messages to a new Android phone.

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