How to Print Text Messages Off of Your Galaxy S III

by Danielle Fernandez

While there is no native way to print the text messages from your Samsung Galaxy S III, a number of workarounds exist. The Backup Message & Call to Email app, for example, transfers your SMS and MMS messages to Gmail, where you can then print them. The PrinterShare Mobile Print app, on the other hand, facilitates Wi-Fi printing from your Galaxy S III device -- and its paid version allows unlimited printing. For a computer-based solution instead of a third-party app installed on your phone, synchronize with the Android SMS + MMS Transfer software and then use its "Print SMS and MMS" command.

Print Texts After Backing Up to Gmail

Install and launch the free "Backup Message & Call to Email" app. Tap "Go" and then tap "Accounts."

Tap your Gmail address -- the app will automatically list any Gmail addresses linked on your phone -- and then tap "Allow" to grant the app's access to your Google account.

Press the "Back" button and tap to place a check next to the data you wish to back up. In addition to your SMS and MMS, you can also back up your call log.

Tap "Back Up" and allow the sync to process. This can take several minutes depending on the number of messages and attachments stored in your SMS and MMS.

Log in to your Gmail account using your computer's browser.

Select the "Message" folder on the left side of your Gmail account -- you may need to hover over the list to expand it if you have several folders listed.

Click on one of the conversations to open it, and click the printer icon at the top right. Gmail will automatically open a new window containing a print-ready copy of the messages and then will prompt you to send it to print.

Print Directly from an Android Device

Install the PrinterShare software to your computer -- available for both PC and Mac (link in Resources). During installation, you will be prompted to select which printer you would like to make available to your Samsung Galaxy S III.

Install and launch the PrinterShare app from the Google Play Store. Select "Messages" to command the app to print SMS and MMS.

Navigate to the specific messages when PrinterShare prompts you to locate the item you wish to print. Once you have found the appropriate selection, tap "Print."

Print Texts Using the Backuptrans Android SMS + MMS Transfer Software

Install and launch the Backuptrans Android SMS + MMS Transfer software on your computer (link in Resources).

Connect your Samsung Galaxy S III to the computer using a USB cable. The software will read your Android's text messages and display them in its preview window.

Right-click on your device's name in the left navigational menu and select "Print SMS + MMS." Alternately, you can right-click on a single message on the right or a contact's name on the left and select "Print SMS + MMS" to print only specific messages.

Select either the "Standard" printing style, which displays only the text data, or the "Conversation" printing style, which displays conversations in bubbles.

Preview your text output and then click the printer icon at the top right to finalize printing.

Tip

  • The free version of the PrinterShare app allows you to print up to 20 pages for free. The paid version allows unlimited printing.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to the Samsung Galaxy S III device or any device running Android OS 2.2 or higher. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.

Photo Credits

  • George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images