How to Forward a Text Message to Email

Send messages to email straight from your Android or iOS phone

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Whether you want to save a funny text message or make sure you don't lose track of important information, one of the easiest ways is to forward the text message to your email account. You could copy the text on your iPhone or on your Android, paste it into your email program to send the SMS over email, or forward it to yourself, but the methods described below perform these steps without leaving the Messages app.

Instructions in this article apply to Android and iOS devices running supported versions of the operating systems.

How to Forward Text Messages to Email on iPhone

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

These instructions apply to iPhone devices running iOS 11 and newer.

  1. From the Messages app, open the conversation you want to forward.

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

  3. Tap More.

    iMessage, message text, More button on iOS
  4. Tap the circle next to the messages you want to forward.

  5. Select the Forward button to open the New MMS screen.

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

  7. Tap the Send arrow.

    Message checkboxes, Send button in iOS

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

To find the text message you emailed, look for an email in this format:

[yourphonenumber]@[serviceprovider].com

However, the part after @ might not read exactly as your provider. For example, if your phone number is 555-555-0123 and you use Verizon, the email is sent from this address:

5555550123@vtext.com

See this email/SMS address formatting table for details on how emailed texts appear to recipients.

When a text message is forwarded to an email address, it isn't formatted. The email may have one or more attachments separated by file type. The text is in one file unless an image or video is included, in which case the text is broken into segments from before and after the image or video.

How to Forward Text Messages to Email on Android

Sending a text from an Android device to an email account is as easy as choosing the message and deciding where to send it.

This information applies no matter who made your Android phone — Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. — and is confirmed to work for Android 10 Q.

  1. Open the Messages app and select the conversation that contains the messages you want to forward.

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

    Some phones may not display these options. Instead, tap the message, tap the three vertical dots, then tap Forward.

  3. Tap Forward, which may appear as an arrow.

  4. Choose a contact.

    If the list of recent contacts doesn't include the person you want to email the text to, choose New message to enter the person's details.

    Message to forward, Forward option, person to send the message to on Android
  5. Tap the Send button.

Not all Android devices have this feature. On some devices, you can select multiple messages at the same time, while on others you can't.

The SMS application also varies from provider to provider. The Google Play store has several third-party messaging apps including Handcent and ChompSMS that make forwarding texts easy.

Other apps automatically forward texts to a pre-established email address. If you want to ensure your messages are saved so you can refer to them later, look into one of these apps. One example is Auto Forward SMS, which forwards texts from your phone to an email account, forwards texts with specific keywords, sends a notification when the battery is low, and notifies you of missed calls.