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I am getting a new iPhone come next month. I want to save all of my nostalgic conversations for the future. Is there a way to transfer an entire chat log to the computer in plain text? Or will I have to painstakingly take screenshot after screenshot as I scroll up in the text history?

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So it sounds like you really don't care about having them on your new phone? And, instead of restoring a backup, you would rather have them (in a more permanent location) on your computer for TM backup (perhaps), and easy accessibility? –  bassplayer7 Apr 7 '13 at 1:42
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Your iMessages are available on every Device (Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad) that is connected to your account. You will be able to access the history if you connect the new device to the same account because they are in the "Cloud".

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Your iMessages are already on your Mac, assuming you've got an iCloud account.

Go to ~/Library/Messages/Archive.

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~/Library/Messages/Archive doesn't exist for me… –  grgarside Sep 29 '13 at 17:30
@grgarside Library is a hidden folder... well there are two.. there is Mac HD --> library (or whatever computer you have) and then there is the hidden one (you have to un-hide folders) and it's Mac HD --> users --> your name --> library ... they are in that one. –  Albert Renshaw Sep 29 '13 at 23:44
@AlbertRenshaw Yeah, I can get my Library folder (and even the Messages folder), just not Archive –  grgarside Sep 30 '13 at 18:02
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