4 Easy Ways to Print SMS Text Messages from Android

Android phones do not have a built-in option to print text messages, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Whether you need to print SMS messages for legal purposes or to preserve cherished memories, there are several workarounds available. In this article, we will explore four simple methods to print SMS messages from your Android device.

Method 1: Taking Screenshots

One of the easiest ways to print SMS messages on Android is by taking screenshots of the messages and then printing those screenshots. This method allows you to print messages in their original format, including emojis and images. However, it can be time-consuming if you have a large number of messages to print.

To take screenshots of messages:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Android phone.
  2. Scroll to the message thread that you want to print.
  3. Take a screenshot by pressing the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.
  4. Repeat the process for more messages.

Once you have taken the screenshots, you can print them directly from your Android phone using a wireless printer or transfer them to your PC and print from there.

Method 2: Print from Web Browser

If taking screenshots seems cumbersome, you can open your messages in a web browser and print them from there. This method allows you to see more SMS messages on one screen and is especially useful if you don't have a wireless printer.

To print messages from a web browser:

  1. Install and open the Google Messages app on your Android phone.
  2. Set it as your default messaging app if prompted.
  3. Open messages.google.com/web in a browser on your PC.
  4. In the Google Messages app on your phone, tap the three-bar icon and select “Device Pairing.”
  5. Tap the QR code scanner and point your phone's camera towards the QR code on your PC's screen.
  6. Wait for your PC and phone to link, and all your messages will show up on the computer.
  7. On the Google Messages web page, open the message thread you want to print.
  8. Click the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of the Chrome browser and select “Print.”
  9. Choose your printer and click “Print.”

Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of the messages, crop them on your PC, and then print the screenshots.

Method 3: Using Textra SMS App

If you prefer a third-party SMS client, you can use the Textra app to print your Android messages. This method converts messages into TXT format, which is suitable for basic text printing.

To print messages using Textra SMS app:

  1. Install and open the Textra SMS app on your Android phone.
  2. Make it your default messaging app.
  3. Long-press on the message thread you want to print.
  4. Tap the three-dot icon and select “Share as Email.”
  5. A TXT file will be generated.
  6. Select Gmail or any other email client and send the TXT file to yourself.
  7. Open the TXT file on your PC and print it like any other document.

You can also save the TXT file to Google Drive on your Android phone and print it from there.

Method 4: Using the SMS Backup App

If you want to print messages in a tabular format with the date, sender, and message in separate columns, the SMS Backup app will be useful. This method requires creating a backup of the messages and then printing the backup file.

To create a backup and print messages:

  1. Install and open the SMS Backup app on your Android phone.
  2. Grant the necessary permissions during setup.
  3. Tap “Set up a backup” or “Back up now.”
  4. Uncheck the Call logs option.
  5. Tap “Advanced options” and choose “Selected conversations only.”
  6. Select the conversation you want to print and tap “Next.”
  7. Enable the toggle next to “Your Phone.”
  8. Select the folder where you want to download the SMS messages.
  9. Tap “Next” and turn off the Recurring backup on the next screen.
  10. Tap “Back up now.”

After taking the backup, follow these steps to print the messages:

  1. In the SMS backup app, tap the three-bar icon and select “View backups.”
  2. Tap the available SMS backup.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon next to the conversation you want to print and select “Print conversation.”
  4. The messages will be displayed in a tabular format.
  5. Select your printer and print the messages, or share the file via email and print it from a computer.

These four methods provide different options for printing SMS text messages from your Android phone. Choose the method that best suits your needs and start preserving your messages in a physical format.