@smel630 There actually is a good way to save and view your messages. Install the app SMS Backup & Restore on your phone. When it’s installed, go the app’s Settings menu, and choose a cloud backup location that you can access from your PC or laptop (Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive — whichever one you prefer). You can then have it back up your messages on a regular schedule, or (from the app’s ≡ menu) pick Backup Now.
After your messages have been backed up, open the backup file on your PC. It will be on your cloud drive, in a folder called SMSBackupRestore which is in a folder called Apps. Download that file to your PC. You can then use View backup files – SyncTech to display all your backed-up messages in your browser.
This app can also copy all your messages to a different phone.
Hint: If you have scheduled automatic backups, make sure they’re not too often (every 14 or 30 days is good). And from time to time delete the older backups — they can take up a lot of space.