Is there a way I can copy/paste or download old DM's from my iPhone 6? I can not see DM's as far back as I need on my computer.

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    The Twitter API might be able to help?
    – user5676
    Dec 1, 2014 at 17:45
  • If your question is about the Twitter iOS app, you're on the wrong site. Questions on Web Apps should only be concerned with the web interface of Twitter.
    – ale
    Oct 10, 2016 at 19:08

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Do you need specifically to retrieve them using your iPhone or it could be fine on your computer?

You can scroll up as much as you want on your iPhone or your computer to retrieve older tweets without limitations but it may be a bit inconvenient.

I have created a tool to download my direct messages, with the ability to also download the uploaded images and GIFs (as MP4).

Because it does not rely on the API, it is possible to download more than 200 messages. The script just simulate the "scrolling method" and parse the result.

The main idea is to make requests in loop by calling the following URL with a valid auth_token cookie value for the authentication and parse the json response: https://twitter.com/messages/with/conversation?id=1337&max_entry_id=1337

The max_entry_id value is not required for the first request. You need to use the value of the min_entry_id variable in the response as the new max_entry_id in each subsequent iteration to get the next 20 older tweets. When max_entry_id is not in the json response, you are at the begin of the thread.

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