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#47746 - 01/30/18 05:56 PM Recommendation for saving text messages?
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09

Has anyone tested/ compared apps for this? Just glancing at one and developer says you should disable icloud before exporting text? That sounds really cumbersome.... So before I have some grief, curious anyone has delved in yet. Thanks.

I've decided it's a pity with all texts coming in that one cannot save them like one saves emails.

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#47749 - 01/31/18 09:53 AM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: kevs]
Ira L Online


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
With a free trial period, check out PhoneView.

I have used it and it is straightforward and seems to do what you want, and more (of course).
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#47750 - 01/31/18 03:07 PM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: Ira L]
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
Ira, $30.00 for a iphone app?

Any other ideas? 95% of apps there are free and rest are 2-5$ no?

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#47751 - 01/31/18 03:55 PM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: kevs]
joemikeb Offline
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: kevs
Ira, $30.00 for a iphone app?

Any other ideas? 95% of apps there are free and rest are 2-5$ no?

Have you looked carefully at App Store prices — recently? There are more and more iOS apps in the $40 and $50 range and some are subscription based for anywhere from $5 to $10 or more a MONTH. The apps priced "Get" (often misleadingly Free) are often limited — sometimes VERY limited use with "in-app purchase(s)" required to get full functionality. I just downloaded a printing app today labeled "Get" and all it would do is print one three line demo one time on one printer without a $4.99 in-app purchase of a "key". (Yes, I bought it because it was the most highly rated app of its type I found. The majority of games are free with sometimes multitudinous "in-app purchases" for more that the most basic level of play or to get rid of the persistent ads that pop up every few minutes an you have to watch them for 15 to 30 seconds before game play can continue.

That said, the quality of today's iOS apps is a major step up in functionality, appearance, and production values from those old 99¢ apps that were once dominant. There are still some 99¢ to $5 games but if you look closely many of those remaining were last updated in 2015 or 2016. Apple removes apps that haven't been updated more recently than that and I suspect the vast majority of the remainder will disappear soon. Too often they are not even worth "FREE".
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#47752 - 01/31/18 05:05 PM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: joemikeb]
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
Ok Joe, maybe you are right in that most of the free apps.. well most of iphone apps I have are whatsapp, uber, twitter, etc and they make money elsewhere. Then I have check instagram followers and it's free, but then you see weird ads pop up.

So you don't think $30 is bad? Do you have a way to save messages? I'm old fashioned phone and now email guy.. I like saving emails to folders, I search them, but boy.. more and more text messages come in. Are people saving these now too?

For email, amazingly Apple still does not have a way to put notes on an email, and I did buy an email add on --mails tags which has been nice. My guess is Ira's app wont be able to write on the messages.. but the website looked nice.. Other apps for saving message, 3 or so are at $5 ,but Ira's seem to look nicer.. Thanks Ira again.. you post are always incisive and smart...

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#47755 - 02/01/18 09:40 AM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: kevs]
Ira L Online


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: kevs
Ira, $30.00 for a iphone app?

Any other ideas? 95% of apps there are free and rest are 2-5$ no?


It's not an iPhone app. It is a Mac application that does things with your iPhone.
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#47757 - 02/01/18 10:33 AM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: Ira L]
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
Ira, yes I now get it. Thanks. I may buy it. There is not too much competition for this idea....

Nice.. there is feedback that the developers are not too involved now, what is your experience?

I liked the pdfs, but the profile icons for people talk to not are missing, did you notice that?

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#47760 - 02/02/18 08:40 AM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: kevs]
Ira L Online


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
I have found that the developers provide regular updates to stay current with the changes in the iOS. I did not notice the other item; not a problem for me.
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#47764 - 02/02/18 09:53 AM Re: Recommendation for saving text messages? [Re: Ira L]
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
Ira thanks have you also tested iexplorer? Similar nice interface.

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