Dokumentieren von Textnachrichten für Test- oder Rechtsangelegenheiten


Organisierter Textnachrichtenverlauf für Gerichte, die mit Decipher Text Message exportiert und gedruckt wurden.

Attorneys and clients often find themselves needing to accurately document and print text messages for court, mediation, or legal proceedings. Each year there are millions more legal cases where text messages are being used as evidence in a trial and also by lawyers during discovery.

Statista statistics predicts that, in 2019 approximately 2.18 billion consumers will be using mobile messaging apps. That’s a lot of messages sent via mobile devices! This includes iOS, Android, and also popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Line, and WeChat. With text messaging and messaging apps now solidified as one of the world’s most popular forms of daily communication, the need to document and preserve text / sms messages for evidence in court has increased dramatically.

SMS,  iMessage und MMS-Textnachrichten werden in Gerichtsverfahren und anderen Rechtsstreitigkeiten zu einer gewöhnlichen Beweisform

Unabhängig davon, wie Sie Textnachrichten für Beweise aufbewahren, sollten Sie sicherstellen, dass die Aufzeichnungen alle erforderlichen Informationen enthalten, damit sie vor Gericht zulässig sind. Wenden Sie sich an einen Rechtsanwalt, um zu erfahren, welche Informationen in Ihrer Region erforderlich sind. Für die meisten rechtlichen Angelegenheiten sollten die folgenden Details in Ihrer Kurzmitteilungsdokumentation sichtbar sein:

  • Datum und Uhrzeit der Nachrichten.
  • Die tatsächlichen Kontaktinformationen für die andere oder die anderen Parteien in der SMS-Konversation. Bei SMS ist dies eine Telefonnummer. Für MMS oder iMessages Dies ist entweder eine Telefonnummer oder eine E-Mail-Adresse.

Unabhängig davon, ob Sie Rechtsanwalt, Strafverfolgungsbeamter oder einfach jemand sind, der ein anhängiges Gerichtsverfahren oder Rechtsstreit hat, gibt es mehrere Lösungen zum Speichern und Drucken von Textnachrichten, sodass Sie Beweise aus dem SMS-Nachrichtenverlauf Ihres Mobiltelefons aufbewahren können.

Reference: "Text Messages as Court Evidence" - Lauren Gilbert, The Law Office of Natalie Gregg

iphone

Für iPhone / iPad / iTouch empfehlen wir die Verwendung von Decipher TextMessage um Ihre Textnachrichten für Gericht zu speichern und auszudrucken. Decipher TextMessage ist schon ein vertrauenswürdig und weit verbreitet Programm von Rechtsanwälten und Strafverfolgungsbehörden zur Aufbewahrung von Messaging-Daten in einem Format, das in einem rechtlichen Umfeld standhält. Features sind:

Specific Steps

Read and follow these steps to print and save text messages for court.

  1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows computer using the cable provided.

  2. Launch iTunes, select your device, and click Back Up Now.

  3. Open Decipher TextMessage and choose a contact whose text messages you want to save.

  4. Pick the Export as PDF option from the menu to save the text messages.

  5. Open the document on your computer and choose Print to print out the text messages for court, trial, or your lawyer.

iphone Screenshots

Eine andere Möglichkeit, Ihre iPhone-Textnachrichten auszudrucken, besteht darin, Screenshots der einzelnen Textnachrichten auf Ihrem Gerät zu erstellen. Um einen Screenshot zu erstellen, drücken Sie die "Home" - und "Sleep / Wake" - Taste, um zu erfassen, was sich auf Ihrem iPhone-Bildschirm befindet. Vor- und Nachteile der Verwendung der Screenshot-Methode:

  • Screenshots sind schnell und einfach (und kostenlos!), Wenn Sie nur wenige Textnachrichten haben.
  • Die Verwendung der Screenshot-Methode hat den Nachteil, dass sie sehr zeitaufwändig ist. Wenn Sie viele Nachrichten haben, müssen Sie jeden Bildschirm einzeln scannen und die Bilder manuell in einem SMS-Transkript organisieren.
  • Wenn Sie die Zeit für jede Nachricht anzeigen müssen, müssen Sie auf dem Bildschirm der Nachrichten-App nach links blättern, um die jeweilige Zeit anzuzeigen. Es ist schwer, dies zu tun, indem Sie die Screenshot-Tasten drücken und den Nachrichtentext abschneiden.
  • Wenn Sie das iPhone nicht in Ihrem Besitz haben, können Sie die Screenshot-Methode nicht verwenden.

So erstellen Sie Screenshots auf einem iPhone

Android

Es gibt verschiedene beliebte Programme, um Textnachrichten von einem Android-Gerät auf Ihrem Computer zu speichern. Einige sind kostenlos und andere können gegen Gebühr im Google Play Store erworben werden. Eine beliebte App ist SMS Backup + . Das Programm speichert Texte in Ihrem Google Mail-Konto und lässt Sie von jedem Webbrowser aus darauf zugreifen.

  • Die App ist kostenlos, sodass Sie es ausprobieren können, ohne Geld auszugeben.
  • Das Ausdrucken der Textnachrichten aus einem beliebigen Webbrowser ist bequem und einfach.
  • Voraussetzung ist, dass Sie über ein Google Mail-Konto verfügen. Wenn Sie dies nicht tun, können Sie sich einfach registrieren und sind innerhalb von Minuten mit der Anwendung einsatzbereit.

Android-Screenshots

Das Erstellen eines Screenshots eines Android-Geräts ist ziemlich einfach, die Befehle unterscheiden sich jedoch je nach Gerät.

  • Das erste, was Sie versuchen sollten, ist, gleichzeitig die "Sleep / Wake" -Taste und gleichzeitig die "Leiser" -Taste zu drücken. Wenn Sie sehen, dass Ihr Bildschirm "blinkt", haben Sie erfolgreich einen Screenshot erstellt.
  • Halten Sie bei Galaxy-Geräten und anderen Android-Telefonen, die über eine Home-Taste verfügen, die Home-Taste und die Ein- / Aus-Taste gleichzeitig gedrückt, bis der Bildschirm blinkt.
  • Nachdem Sie einen Screenshot erstellt haben, erscheint das Bild in der Fotogalerie-App auf Ihrem Gerät. Suchen Sie einfach nach dem Screenshot-Fotoalbum und suchen Sie das gerade aufgenommene Bild. Sie können dann den Screenshot senden, speichern oder freigeben, je nachdem, was für Sie am besten geeignet ist.

So erstellen Sie Screenshots auf einem Android-Handy

Unabhängig davon, ob es sich bei Ihrem Gerät um ein iPhone oder ein Android-Gerät handelt, hoffen wir, dass diese Tipps zum Aufbewahren und Speichern Ihrer Textnachrichten vor Gericht oder aus rechtlichen Gründen hilfreich waren. Denken Sie daran, Ihre mobilen Daten regelmäßig zu sichern, damit alle wichtigen Informationen sicher sind. Wenden Sie sich bei Fragen oder Bedenken an einen Anwalt in Ihrer Nähe, wenn Sie eine Dokumentation als Kurzmitteilung sammeln.

Feature-Telefone

We see a few questions about documenting text messages for non-smart phones in the comments section. Contact us our support page if you're interested in this, so we can follow up with you! Be sure to mention the specific kind of feature phone from which you want to document sms/mms messages; the techniques and details vary depending on the phone manufacturer/operating system.


27 Comments



Slavi Traykov

Slavi Traykov Juni 6, 2019

Hi, does this program let's you export a Viber conversation?
Thanks

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Juli 7, 2019

Hi Slavi,

Thank you for the comment. Decipher TextMessage does not export Viber conversations, but it is a good feature that we should explore for our Decipher Chat software. If you're still interested in this, can you send us an email via our support page https://deciphertools.com/s... - that way we can find out what operating system you're on, and see if we're able to get the feature added within your necessary timeframe.

Kris TEN Gunsch

Kris TEN Gunsch Juni 6, 2019

Getting frustrated by how many of these "helpful" blogs and youtube vids fail to mention that it's going to cost you $20 - $30 to gain the access needed in these software downloads in order to print one string of text messages. So annoyed.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2019

HI Kris, thanks for leaving a comment. The free trial of Decipher TextMessage will let you see, save, and print a few messages from each contact and give you a good feel if the program is right for your needs. If you want to save or print all your messages from a contact you would indeed need to upgrade to the paid version of Decipher TextMessage. If you have any other questions just drop us a note via our support page and we'll be happy to reply! ;-) https://deciphertools.com/s...

Soul Parent

Soul Parent Februar 2, 2019

hi you guys - I cannot believe I screenshot two years of texts before I found this software. ugh. though i can't seem to get the SMS messages to print out with the photos in place like the example in this thread. is there a setting I'm missing? thank you!

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Februar 2, 2019

Hi Soul Parent!

Are the photos showing up within the Decipher TextMessage program itself? It may help to troubleshoot this via email - can you contact us through our web form here? https://deciphertools.com/s...

Lisa Spatafora

Lisa Spatafora Dezember 12, 2018

How can I save group messages from an S9 for court?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Dezember 12, 2018

For a Samsung phone you might want to check out the SMS Backup + recommendation that we mention in the blog. Hopefully that might help!

Christina Baker

Christina Baker Juni 6, 2018

I want to download the text messages between my client and a third party as opposed to having screenshots. However, when I try to use this software it is asking me to use my iCloud and I do not want my client's phone added to my iCloud. Is there a different way to go about this?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2018

Hi Christina, Decipher TextMessage never requires that you use iCloud. To use the software you only need to make a local iTunes backup of your iPhone on your computer. If you have any further questions, just contact us via our support page and we'll be happy to help! ;-)

Christina Baker

Christina Baker Juni 6, 2018

I also do not want to connect it to my iTunes. Do I need to do that? It is not my phone.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2018

iTunes is required. You would need to make a one time backup of the device on a computer.

Melissa Miller-Perez

Melissa Miller-Perez Dezember 12, 2017

can select messages from a contact be selected to print, or does the entire message thread have to be printed and exported?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Dezember 12, 2017

You can do either. You can export the entire message thread for that contact or if you want to narrow it down, you can choose the "export by date" option which lets narrow down the export of messages to just one day if you prefer. ;-)

Heather Mitchell

Heather Mitchell November 11, 2017

so this is a one time purchase, but i can use it repeatedly? I mean, sure I can grab all the mesages from the past... but how about once a new thread is started? can i also grab those each week/month etc? thanks

Kelly HW

Kelly HW November 11, 2017

Hi Heather,

As you run Decipher TextMessage later and it reads new information for the same iPhone from new backups, it will append those new messages to a running history for the device. I hope that answers your question!

C'est Moi

C'est Moi November 11, 2017

excellent... can the data be modified, such as font size? I have a couple years of texts that I want documented and i'd like to know if i can copy/past the content into word and divide with 3-4 columns to take less paper. Is this possible?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW November 11, 2017

Hi C'est - you can definitely adjust the font size within DTM, or export the conversation and adjust the zoom level in the print settings! For the columns... send us an email: https://deciphertools.com/s... I am actually adding a 2-column option (and we can discuss 3 columns) for the next update and we can send you a version to preview.

Tony

Tony September 9, 2017

What if I back up my iPhone on my iCloud account. Can Decipher recover texts from an iCloud back-up?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW September 9, 2017

We're working on support for reading messages from iCloud backups, but Decipher TextMessage currently doesn't support it. However, you can back up your iPhone in iTunes manually and it won't affect your iCloud backup settings. https://deciphertools.com/s...

Divinus Luciferase

Divinus Luciferase September 9, 2017

The device I want to print messages from aren't on the list. How do I add my iPhone 6S Plus?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software September 9, 2017

We replied to your email with help. You would need to back up your iPhone as we recommend in our FAQ. ;-)

b gaylord

b gaylord Juli 7, 2017

Hi, I have a flip phone and need to print out text messages for a possible court case.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juli 7, 2017

Our guide is for smartphones only. ;-)

Tania

Tania Juli 7, 2017

What about large Facebook messenger app discussions? Can we save those including pictures and timestamps?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Juli 7, 2017

I am looking into this Tania! If you want to send us an email so we can followup with you if we have something to test, you can do so here: https://deciphertools.com/s... Or I will try to remember to comment here also. Thanks for the suggestion!

Bradley L. Hamilton

Bradley L. Hamilton Juni 6, 2017

These methods are not court-admissible or otherwise forensically sound.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2017

Hi Bradley, we've had many users of Decipher TextMessage write us after their court appearances expressing gratitude since the messages they exported and printed with the software were admissible for their case. However, it's definitely up to the specific court and states as to what documentation is acceptable or not. Usually someone's lawyer can give them more detailed guidance on that front regarding their state or county. One feature of the software that many users seem to appreciate for court related matters is the Decipher TextMessage preference that displays the contact info on every single text message, sent and received. This is a feature which many lawyers ask their clients for and one that is not offered by the iPhone messages app itself.

briana

briana Mai 5, 2017

hey all so how do I print off my message records? I have walmart mobile and they only show the numbers not the full text messages

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Mai 5, 2017

Hi Briana,

What kind of phone do you have (Android, iPhone, Feature/Flip phone)? Printing the text messages is different for all of the different kind of devices, and I know Walmart has a few different plans including bring your own device. :) Let us know and we'll try to help as best we can.

Summer Beshore

Summer Beshore April 4, 2017

Every app I use for this purpose, including SMS backup, only allows you to see texts received...my responses don't show up. I need the whole conversation - Can anyone help?

Ronni

Ronni September 9, 2016

What about non-smart phones?

ultracalicokittycat

ultracalicokittycat Oktober 10, 2016

right! that's what I'm wondering.....

bobby slay

bobby slay Januar 1, 2017

Get on your horse and go to UPS and send a fax. LMFAO Cmon man....

Libby

Libby Juli 7, 2017

you will have to take a photo of the message and then put it on your computer.

Kris TEN Gunsch

Kris TEN Gunsch Juni 6, 2019

Getting frustrated by how many of these "helpful" blogs and youtube vids fail to mention that it's going to cost you $20 - $30 to gain the access needed in these software downloads in order to print one string of text messages. So annoyed.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2019

HI Kris, thanks for leaving a comment. The free trial of Decipher TextMessage will let you see, save, and print a few messages from each contact and give you a good feel if the program is right for your needs. If you want to save or print all your messages from a contact you would indeed need to upgrade to the paid version of Decipher TextMessage. If you have any other questions just drop us a note via our support page and we'll be happy to reply! ;-) https://deciphertools.com/s...

Soul Parent

Soul Parent Februar 2, 2019

hi you guys - I cannot believe I screenshot two years of texts before I found this software. ugh. though i can't seem to get the SMS messages to print out with the photos in place like the example in this thread. is there a setting I'm missing? thank you!

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Februar 2, 2019

Hi Soul Parent!

Are the photos showing up within the Decipher TextMessage program itself? It may help to troubleshoot this via email - can you contact us through our web form here? https://deciphertools.com/s...

Lisa Spatafora

Lisa Spatafora Dezember 12, 2018

How can I save group messages from an S9 for court?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Dezember 12, 2018

For a Samsung phone you might want to check out the SMS Backup + recommendation that we mention in the blog. Hopefully that might help!

Christina Baker

Christina Baker Juni 6, 2018

I want to download the text messages between my client and a third party as opposed to having screenshots. However, when I try to use this software it is asking me to use my iCloud and I do not want my client's phone added to my iCloud. Is there a different way to go about this?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2018

Hi Christina, Decipher TextMessage never requires that you use iCloud. To use the software you only need to make a local iTunes backup of your iPhone on your computer. If you have any further questions, just contact us via our support page and we'll be happy to help! ;-)

Christina Baker

Christina Baker Juni 6, 2018

I also do not want to connect it to my iTunes. Do I need to do that? It is not my phone.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2018

iTunes is required. You would need to make a one time backup of the device on a computer.

Melissa Miller-Perez

Melissa Miller-Perez Dezember 12, 2017

can select messages from a contact be selected to print, or does the entire message thread have to be printed and exported?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Dezember 12, 2017

You can do either. You can export the entire message thread for that contact or if you want to narrow it down, you can choose the "export by date" option which lets narrow down the export of messages to just one day if you prefer. ;-)

Heather Mitchell

Heather Mitchell November 11, 2017

so this is a one time purchase, but i can use it repeatedly? I mean, sure I can grab all the mesages from the past... but how about once a new thread is started? can i also grab those each week/month etc? thanks

Kelly HW

Kelly HW November 11, 2017

Hi Heather,

As you run Decipher TextMessage later and it reads new information for the same iPhone from new backups, it will append those new messages to a running history for the device. I hope that answers your question!

C'est Moi

C'est Moi November 11, 2017

excellent... can the data be modified, such as font size? I have a couple years of texts that I want documented and i'd like to know if i can copy/past the content into word and divide with 3-4 columns to take less paper. Is this possible?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW November 11, 2017

Hi C'est - you can definitely adjust the font size within DTM, or export the conversation and adjust the zoom level in the print settings! For the columns... send us an email: https://deciphertools.com/s... I am actually adding a 2-column option (and we can discuss 3 columns) for the next update and we can send you a version to preview.

Tony

Tony September 9, 2017

What if I back up my iPhone on my iCloud account. Can Decipher recover texts from an iCloud back-up?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW September 9, 2017

We're working on support for reading messages from iCloud backups, but Decipher TextMessage currently doesn't support it. However, you can back up your iPhone in iTunes manually and it won't affect your iCloud backup settings. https://deciphertools.com/s...

Divinus Luciferase

Divinus Luciferase September 9, 2017

The device I want to print messages from aren't on the list. How do I add my iPhone 6S Plus?

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software September 9, 2017

We replied to your email with help. You would need to back up your iPhone as we recommend in our FAQ. ;-)

b gaylord

b gaylord Juli 7, 2017

Hi, I have a flip phone and need to print out text messages for a possible court case.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juli 7, 2017

Our guide is for smartphones only. ;-)

Tania

Tania Juli 7, 2017

What about large Facebook messenger app discussions? Can we save those including pictures and timestamps?

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Juli 7, 2017

I am looking into this Tania! If you want to send us an email so we can followup with you if we have something to test, you can do so here: https://deciphertools.com/s... Or I will try to remember to comment here also. Thanks for the suggestion!

Bradley L. Hamilton

Bradley L. Hamilton Juni 6, 2017

These methods are not court-admissible or otherwise forensically sound.

Decipher Tools  Software

Decipher Tools Software Juni 6, 2017

Hi Bradley, we've had many users of Decipher TextMessage write us after their court appearances expressing gratitude since the messages they exported and printed with the software were admissible for their case. However, it's definitely up to the specific court and states as to what documentation is acceptable or not. Usually someone's lawyer can give them more detailed guidance on that front regarding their state or county. One feature of the software that many users seem to appreciate for court related matters is the Decipher TextMessage preference that displays the contact info on every single text message, sent and received. This is a feature which many lawyers ask their clients for and one that is not offered by the iPhone messages app itself.

briana

briana Mai 5, 2017

hey all so how do I print off my message records? I have walmart mobile and they only show the numbers not the full text messages

Kelly HW

Kelly HW Mai 5, 2017

Hi Briana,

What kind of phone do you have (Android, iPhone, Feature/Flip phone)? Printing the text messages is different for all of the different kind of devices, and I know Walmart has a few different plans including bring your own device. :) Let us know and we'll try to help as best we can.

Summer Beshore

Summer Beshore April 4, 2017

Every app I use for this purpose, including SMS backup, only allows you to see texts received...my responses don't show up. I need the whole conversation - Can anyone help?

Ronni

Ronni September 9, 2016

What about non-smart phones?

ultracalicokittycat

ultracalicokittycat Oktober 10, 2016

right! that's what I'm wondering.....

bobby slay

bobby slay Januar 1, 2017

Get on your horse and go to UPS and send a fax. LMFAO Cmon man....

Libby

Libby Juli 7, 2017

you will have to take a photo of the message and then put it on your computer.