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Judges and Juries will not usually read the texts from your phone.  It is always best to print out the texts and offer the paper version into evidence.  Also, offering and getting the phone into evidence, means your phone is now part of the court’s record, so you will never get it back.

Printing messages from your phone

For iPhone:
One way is to take a screen shot of the SMS and then with the help of any wireless iOS compatible printer take the print. Another way to accomplish the task is to first install the iPhone Transfer SMS Software on your PC and complete the task with ease.
Download the iPhone Transfer Software and install it on your PC.  Now connect the iPhone to the computer and launch the program. Connect your iPhone using a USB cable and the program will display all your SMSes automatically.
*Click on the required contact to select all SMS records sent to and received from that contact. Click on ‘’Copy’’ and choose ‘’.MHT’’ as the file format. This format is used to save and take the printout. Select the path where you would like to save the SMS file and click ‘’OK’’.
*Click on .MHT file and open it in any internet browser. Go to ‘’tools’’ menu, select print and click on the ‘’Print’’ button or press CTRL+P. This will allow you to take print of message as it appears on your phone along with the time, date, sender and receiver’s name.
In order to print all messages of any particular contact, at first click on contact name and click on the ‘’Print’’ button.
*Task completed!
For Android:
The steps are on the same grounds. Again as in iPhone, there are several software available on the internet that can help fulfill the need.
*Use a USB cord to connect your Android phone to an empty USB port on Mac/PC and wait until the phone appears as a removable storage device in “My Computer”. Install and launch the Android managing tool, then, you will see the main interface with some parameter information of your phone, including phone model, system version and storage space size.
*The program can deal with both your Android SD storage card and the internal memory. You just need to click the “Scan” button to let the program scan your phone and after a few seconds, all your phone data will be scanned out and displayed in the left panel. Choose the “Messages” category and preview all the stored messages in details, including transmission time and sender.
*Select the text messages you want to print on your computer and then press the “Backup” button on the top menu to start the transferring. There will be a Path dialog pops up, asking you to choose a location directory where you want to put the exported text messages. Wait for a while; you will see the selected SMS files lay in the output folder, saving in a printable format. Now, you are able to print them directly with a connected printer.

Please attempt to get a date and time stamp, plus the sending and receiving number on the body of the print.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com