How to View Text Messages/iMessages on iCloud

By Emily Watson, Friday, October 13, 2017

Situation:  Does iCloud backup text messages on my iPhone? If so, can anyone tell me how to view my text messages on iCloud? I would like to look at iPhone 6 old messages/iMessages from iCloud. The iPhone 6 is on iOS 11. Is there any solution to get the messages off iCloud?


Answers:

Does iCloud backup text messages/iMessages?

Definitely, iCloud save messages history including iMessage, SMS (text messages), and MMS messages on your iPhone.

How to Add/Save/Back Up Messages to iCloud? 

As long as you have enabled iCloud backup on Settings > iCloud > Backup on your iPhone, the iPhone will automatically back up everything including messages to iCloud every night when the iPhone is locked, plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi.

Can I View iPhone Messages on iCloud?

No. Sorry to tell you that Apple doesn't give the path where your iCloud backup files is stored. You can view photos, contacts, notes, reminders, etc. on iCloud.com, but text messages/iMessages are not typically viewable on iCloud.com. Surely it's on cloud and on Apple's server. But you can't view the messages online. So even if someone has your Apple ID, they can't see your text messages. 


Solution: FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help you download iCloud backup files to computer and then you can view existing/deleted text messages, iMessages or WhatsApp chats on iCloud. Besides, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is very helpful in recovering deleted text messages, photos, contacts, WhatsApp chat history, videos, etc. on your iPhone, including iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus and more. 

Extra Tips: 

Free download the trial version of this program and follow the instructions below to access text messages/iMessages on iCloud.

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Note: Make sure that you have backed up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud previously.

1. Log into iCloud

Activate FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery after downloading. Then, select "Recover from iCloud Backup File" on the left-side menu. Next, enter your iCloud ID and password and login.

Sign in to iCloud Account

2. Select and download the required iCloud backup

Once you have logged into your iCloud account, you'll see a list all your iCloud backup files. Simply select the one you want to access and click the "Download" button, which you'll find under the "State" column on the right-hand side of the window.

Select and Download Whole iCloud Backup

3. See text messages/iMessages on iCloud

After downloading and scanning your iCloud backup files, you are now free to look up text messages/iMessages from iCloud. Click "Messages" and "Message Attachments" to access messages on iCloud one by one. The deleted messages from iCloud will be shown in red.

Preview Text Messages on iCloud

4. Export text messages on iCloud for viewing

After reading the messages, mark down all text messages/iMessage you want to download from iCloud and then click "Recover" button. The messages on iCloud will be retrieved your computer. You can thus check your iPhone messages from the computer.

Export iPhone Text Messages on iCloud

The Bottom Line

Here is how to access and download text messages/iMessages on iCloud. If you also want to access photos, contacts, videos, WhatsApp, voice memos, etc. on iCloud, you can apply the same way to download iCloud backup files on your computer and then view them easily.

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Tip: What can you see on iCloud?

You can get access to many kinds of contents when logging in iCloud.com. The prerequisite is that you have enabled the apps to use iCloud on your iPhone's Settings > iCloud > Apps Using iCloud. You can see these in iCloud:

  • Personal information like Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, Mail, Notes;

  • Media files: shared photos, iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and files you store in iCloud Drive.

Note: You can only see photos on iCloud if you have turned on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone.

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