How to Print Text Messages From Any Phone ?

There are several reasons why people print text messages from their phones, but the main ones are to keep records of proof of information, and/or back up the messages in case of theft or phone crashes.
Whatever the reason may be for you, the following methods will help you learn how to print text messages from Android or iPhone.
Some require a computer (PC/Mac), while others can be done directly from your phone. And, as you’ll see below, there’s no easy way to print text messages, probably because they were never intended to be printed. So, in order to print text messages, you have to mostly rely on screenshots so that you can easily see who said what and in what order.

Android to printer (directly)

Take a screenshot
man with mobile phone connected to printer
The fastest way to print text messages from Android phones is by taking a screenshot. This can be done through the phone’s built-in screen grabbing features, which vary based on the Android phone type and operating system in use. To do this:
  1. Download Google Cloud Print app to your phone, from Google Play Store.
  2. Once installed, open the app and tap Settings to integrate it with your Android phone.
  3. Sign in to your Google account when prompted.
  4. Choose your printer type from the options (select Other options if yours isn’t listed). This process integrates the app with your phone.
  5. Open the Photo Gallery on your phone.
  6. Open Screenshots folder and locate the screenshot you want to print.
  7. Open the image and tap the Share icon.
  8. Select Cloud Print.
  9. Confirm that you want to print the photo file, then adjust page layout and settings to your liking.
  10. Tap Click here to print.

Android to Windows/Mac

Using Screenshots
Once you have a screenshot of the message you want to print, you can print it the same way you would any other image. To do this:
  1. Using a USB cable, connect your phone to your PC/Mac. Ideally, this should open up a new folder which has the contents of your phone. If you have a memory card, the folder will show two options: Phone or Card.
  2. Double click on the Phone folder as this is the default location for your photos.
  3. Open the Pictures folder by double-clicking on it.
  4. Double-click Screenshots folder to open the image.
  5. Right click and select Copy.
  6. Paste the image on your computer’s desktop.
  7. Right click on the image and select Print.
  8. Select your printer, the paper size, quality, and number of copies.
  9. Click Print.
Using email
Printing text messages from your phone via email can be daunting if you have multiple messages, but it still helps. To do this:
  1. Open the message you want to print.
  2. Down-press the message and select Copy message text.
  3. Go to your email app, and open a new Compose message window.
  4. Paste the message you copied from your phone.
  5. Type in the email address you want to send to (preferably your own).
  6. On your PC, open your email inbox, and copy the message.
  7. Paste it to a Word document, then click File and select Print. Adjust the settings to your liking, and print the document.
Note: This email method works the same when printing text messages from Android to Mac, as it does with Android to Windows.

iPhone to printer (directly)

Take a screenshot
man with smartphone connected to printer
iPhone 8 or earlier, and iPhone X
How to print a screenshot from your iPhone 8 or earlier, or iPhone X:
  1. Confirm if your printer is AirPrint-enabled. The details of this can be on your printer’s manual, or from the list of AirPrint-enabled printers.
  2. Ensure your iPhone and printer are connected to the same WiFi network.
  3. Go to your image (screenshot) and press the three dots, or app’s share icon, or the blue box (with the up arrow).
  4. Tap Print.
  5. Tap Select Printer and choose your printer.
  6. Select the number of copies and/or other options.
  7. Tap Print in the upper-right side of your screen.

iPhone to Windows/Mac

Using email and Word
  1. Open the message you want to print.
  2. Down-press the message and select Copy message text.
  3. Go to your email app, and open a new Compose message window.
  4. Paste the message you copied from your phone.
  5. Type in the email address you want to send to (preferably your own).
  6. On your PC/Mac, open your email inbox, and copy the message.
  7. Paste it to a Word document, then click File and select Print. Adjust the settings to your liking, and print the document.
Print screenshots from your iPhone to Windows/Mac via USB cable
To do this, send the image as an attachment to your email, then download it from your email, save it to your PC/Mac, and send to print.
Another way to print screenshots from your iPhone via Windows/Mac is by connecting your iPhone to PC/Mac via USB cable, and then print by by doing the following:
On Windows
  1. Connect your iPhone to PC using a USB cable.
  2. On your iPhone, you may see a notification with Trust or Don’t Trust.
  3. Tap Trust.
  4. A notification asking ‘Tap to choose what happens with this device’ will come up. Tap on it.
  5. Select Import photos and videos. Your image(s) will be saved on your PC in ‘My Pictures’ folder.
  6. Find your image, right click on it and select Print.
On Mac:
  1. Open Photos on your Mac.
  2. Using a USB cable, connect your iPhone to Mac.
  3. Click Import on your iPhone.
  4. Select the screenshot image you want to export to Mac.
  5. Click Import XX Selected or Import All items to start the transfer.
  6. Go to your screenshot and press the three dots, or app’s share icon, or the blue box (with the up arrow).
  7. Tap Print.
  8. Tap Select Printer and choose your printer.
  9. Select the number of copies and/or other options.
  10. Tap Print in the upper-right side of your screen.
  11. Select your printer, the paper size, quality, and number of copies.
  12. Click Print.

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