How to Email a Text Message from an iPhone

A lot of the apps on your iPhone can integrate with one another, although the manner of doing so might not be obvious. For example, you might be wondering how to email a text message on your iPhone if you would like to use the Message app to send a message to an email account.

Your iPhone has a lot of different ways for you to share information with other people. Whether you want to make a phone call, send a text message, write an email or make a video call, all of these things can be accomplished rather easily on the device.

But when you want to transfer information from one medium to another, such as sending a text message in an email, the method for doing so is not always immediately obvious. Fortunately, there are a few different options for sending text messages as emails on your iPhone.

How to Forward a Text to Email on an iPhone

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Find the text to forward.
  3. Tap and hold on the text, then choose More.
  4. Touch the forward icon.
  5. Enter the email address, then tap Send.

Our article continues below with additional information on sending text to email on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

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There are actually three different ways to do this with the tools available to you on a default iPhone. Which option is best for you will depend on your situation. You can see all three of the options below. Note that the last two methods will assume that you already have an email account set up on your iPhone. If not, then you can follow the instructions in this article to add an email address to your device.

Our add person to group text iPhone tutorial can show you how to include additional contacts on an existing group text message.

How to Email a Text Message as a Text File

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app

Step 2: Tap and hold the text message that you want to email, then touch the More option.

locate the text message to share

Step 3: Touch the Forward icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the forward icon at the bottom-right of the screen

Step 4: Type the email address into the field at the top of the screen, then touch Send above the keyboard.

how to send a text message as an email on the iphone

How to Copy the Text Message and Paste it Into an Email

In this section we are simply going to copy from the text message and paste the copied text into an email message.

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app

Step 2: Tap and hold the text message that you want to share, then touch the Copy option.

locate the text message to share

Step 3: Press the Home button under your iPhone screen, then launch the Mail app and select the email account from which you want to send the email.

open the mail app

Step 4: Touch the Compose icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the compose button at the bottom-right of the screen

Step 5: Type the email address into the To field at the top of the screen, tap and hold inside the body field, then select the Paste option. You can then enter a subject and send the email.

touch the paste button

Would you like to be able to share contact information with other people? Our guide on how to share a contact on iPhone will show you a simple way to do this.

How to Take a Screenshot of the Text Message and Email It

This option can be a little more convenient when you are dealing with an entire text message conversation rather than a single text message.

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app

Step 2: Browse to the text message that you want to email.

Step 3: Press and hold the Home button under your screen, then press the Power button at the top of the device while still holding the Home button.

Note that you need to press the Power button quickly after you start holding the Home button, or Siri will launch. There will be a white flash that indicates that the screenshot has been taken.

On newer iPhone models you can take a screen shot by pressing the Power button and the Volume Up button at the same time.

Step 4: Press the Home button under your screen to return to your Home screen, then launch the Mail app.

open the mail app

Step 5: Open the email account from which you want to send the message, then touch the Compose icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the compose button at the bottom-right of the screen

Step 6: Enter the email address into the To field, enter a subject for the email, then tap and hold inside the body of the email message and select the Insert Photo or Video option.

touch the insert photo or video button

Step 7: Select the Camera Roll.

open the camera roll

Step 8: Select the screenshot image that you just made, then touch the Choose button at the bottom-right of the screen.

choose the screenshot

Step 9: Touch the Send button at the top right of the screen to send your email address with the screenshot image.

Do you want an easy way to share a text message with a different person? Learn how to forward a text message on the iPhone.

One other action that you might want to perform on this topic involves sending a text message to an email address. The next section will show you how to accomplish that.

How to Text an Email on iPhone

While it may not be something that you have tried before, you are actually able to send messages from the iPhone’s Messages app that go to an email address.

These send from your iPhone as an MMS message (unless the person has added their email address to iMessage).

Our tutorial below will show you the steps that you need to use in order to text an email on an iPhone.

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the Compose button at the top-right.
  3. Type the email address into the top field, then touch Return.
  4. Type the message into the message field, then tap the Send arrow.

The recipient will then get the message in their email inbox.

Typically the sender will show up as your phone number, and the message won’t have a subject line.

When they open the message it will have a .txt file attachment, which they can open and read the text message that they sent to you.

If they respond to the message you will receive it in the Messages app.

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