Creating JPG copies of Text Messages and creating PDFs from the JPGs

Create JPG snapshots

Display the text message on your phone and take a screenshot. How to take a screenshot on a phone depends on what phone model it is but on iPhones it is usually pressing the home button and power button at the same time. On Android phones it is often pressing the volume down button and power button at the same time. The screenshot takes a JPG image of what the phone's screen is displaying at the time.   

Usually when you display a text message on a phone it will display the message as part of a conversation - i.e. it will show you all messages to and from that phone to a particular phone number, in chronological order - and if there are more than three or four messages to/from that number, you have to scroll to see them all. Each screenshot, of course, shows just the text messages you are displaying at the time you take the screenshot. You should try to take screenshots in such a way that only messages sent/received on the same day appear in each screenshot. For example, if two messages were sent from the phone on Tuesday and one on Wednesday and all three messages are currently displayed on the screen, use your finger and thumb to expand the display so that only the two messages sent/received on Tuesday still appear and take one screenshot, then scroll down and expand so that only the Wednesday message appears and take another screenshot. If there are so many messages sent/received on a particular day that they cannot all be displayed on your phone at the same time, it is fine to take a screenshot of the first few messages of the day, then scroll down and take another screenshot for the next few messages of the day etc. as long as each screenshot does not contain messages for more than one day.

Creating PDFs from the JPG snapshots

Once you have the text messages in JPG form, you can create PDF copies of the JPG files using PDFEN Convert and/or PDFEN Merge. You should create one PDF per day per couple of people sending/receiving so, for example, if you have the following JPG files:

a.) texts between Smith and Jones from 09.22 to 13.51 on 3 November 2018

b.) texts between Smith and Jones from 13.53 to 17.22 on 3 November 2018

c.) texts between Smith and Baker from 10.51 to 15.01 on 3 November 2018

d.) texts between Smith and Jones from 08.51 to 12.30 on 4 November 2018

you should:

create a single PDF (containing 2 pages) from (a) and (b) together using PDFEN Merge - give the PDF a name of 2018-11-03 Texts between Smith and Jones

create one PDF for (c) using PDFEN Convert - give the PDF a name of 2018-11-03 Texts between Smith and Baker

create one PDF for (d) using PDFEN Convert - give the PDF a name of 2018-11-04 Texts between Smith and Jones 

Each time you tap the Convert or Merge button, the PDFEN service will send you an email with a link. Click on the link to download the PDF.


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This page was lasted updated in November 2018. Disclaimer