Even though iCloud and other cloud storage services are great for storing data and personal information, it’s not always easy to choose what data you would like to save. It’s a great safety measure to have an Internet-connect backup for your iPhone or iPad, but if you want a locally saved copy of your messages, voicemails, and other data on your Mac, an app called PhoneView is the perfect solution.
PhoneView provides various ways on how to keep track of your personal data. For instance, if you use your phone for work and personal use and need to keep track of your work communication for billing and tax purposes, you may want to keep a detailed record of your call history, messages, and other communication in one handy location.
Below are the steps on how to extract messages and voicemails from your iPhone and iPad using the PhoneView app:
STEP 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a Lightning cable.
STEP 2: Download and install the PhoneView app to your Mac, then launch it.
STEP 3: Click OK on the prompt.
STEP 4: Click on the type of Data you want to copy to your Mac.
STEP 5: Click on the content you want to copy.
STEP 6: Click Copy from iPhone.
STEP 7: Choose Save Settings.
STEP 8: Click the Save button.
NOTE: PhoneView can copy a lot more than just messages and voicemails. Your call history, contacts, media files, notes, and more can all be copies to your computer for safekeeping.
PhoneView’s demo version is for free for 7 days. Take note though, the version does have some limitations like you won’t be able to extract more than 10 text messages from a conversation. The full version of PhoneView costs $29.95.