How to Forward a Text Message to Email

Send it to your own or someone else's email straight from your Android or iPhone

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If you want to save a particularly funny text message or you need to make sure you don't lose track of important information, one of the easiest ways is to forward your text to your email account. Here's how to forward text messages from your iPhone or Android phone to your email account.

How to Forward Texts Messages to Email on iPhone

You can forward texts to your email on iPhone without any third-party apps.

Forward iPhone texts to email
  1. Open your Messages app and navigate to the conversation you want to forward.

  2. Press and hold the message until additional options appear.

  3. Press More.

  4. A series of circles will appear beside your messages. Select the messages you want to forward.

  5. After these have been selected, press the Forward button. It will be a right-facing arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  6. In the To: field, enter the email address you want to send the texts to.

  7. Tap Send.

Messages will be sent as plain text, without any indication of which participant said what. Images, video, and text can also be forwarded in this way.

The recipient should look for an email with the format "yourphonenumber@serviceprovider.com."

When you forward the text to email, it won't be formatted. The email will have one or more attachments separated by file type that will include correct formatting. The text will be in one file unless an image or video is included, in which case the text will be broken into segments from before and after the image or video.

How to Forward Texts Messages to Email on Android

  1. Open your Messages app and select the conversation containing the messages you want to forward.

  2. Tap the message(s) you want to forward and hold until more options appear.

  3. Select the Forward option. This may also appear as an arrow.

  4. Enter the email address you want to send the texts to.

  5. Tap Send.

Due to there being many different Android phones, not all Android devices will have this feature. Some Android devices allow you to select multiple messages at once, while others don't. The stock SMS application also varies from provider to provider, but the Google Play Store has a number of third-party messaging apps (like Handcent or ChompSMS) that make forwarding texts easy.

The Google Play Store also has apps that automatically forward your texts to a pre-established email address with no prompting on your part. If you want to ensure your messages are saved so you can refer back to them later, you might want to look into one of these apps. 

One of the most popular of these is Auto Forward SMS for Android. This app is available from the Play Store and gives you the ability to forward all texts from your phone to your email, or just those from specific messages. The app also allows you to forward texts with specific keywords or send notifications when your battery gets low or you miss a call.