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How to View Text Messages/iMessages on iCloud 2020

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Situation:  Does iCloud backup text messages on my iPhone? If so, can anyone tell me how to view my text messages on iCloud? How to check iMessages online? Is it possible to access iPhone messages from a computer? 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?


The above situation is excerpted from the iMessage problem posted on the forum. Here I would like to provide explanations on the related problem with iCloud messages, including how to view iMessages on iCloud backup, how to view iMessages online, how to check iPhone messages on PC or Mac, and more. 

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Part 1 Can I View iPhone Messages on iCloud?

Usually, iCloud save messages history including iMessage, SMS (text messages), and MMS messages on your iPhone. The new feature Messages on iCloud allows users to save iMessage to iCloud storage and view iPhone messages on Mac, iPad, and more.


Messages on iCloud

However, we are sorry to tell you that Apple doesn't give the path where your iCloud backup files are 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 the cloud and on Apple's server. But you can't view the messages on iCloud or online. So even if someone has your Apple ID, they can't see your text messages. 

Luckily, with an iPhone backup extractor like FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, you can access iMessages, text messages on iCloud backup.

Part 2 How to View iMessage on PC or Mac?

On a Mac:

If you sign in with the same Apple ID as iPhone, you can view iMessage/text messages on Mac. And if you have enabled Messages in iCloud on iOS 11.4 or above (including iOS 13 and 14), the iPhone messages will sync with Mac. 

On a PC:

You cannot view iMessages on PC as you do with the Mac computer. 

What if somebody wants to check Mac text messages remotely on Windows PC, or in other cases, view iPhone text messages on PC? As we said before, the only way to receive or check iMessage via other Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. 

So the conclusion is, your iPhone messages history would be kept on the Apple server but you cannot check the messages online or read text messages from another phone on iCloud

But does that mean there is no way to meet the need? Of course not! No matter you want to check Verizon texts from a computer, for example, instead of restoring all of them to the iPhone or check iMessage online, the following tool should be helpful to you. 

Part 3 How to Check iPhone Messages from Computer?

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help you download iCloud backup files to the computer and then you can view existing/deleted text messages, iMessage or WhatsApp chats on iCloud. After that, you are allowed to read text messages on the computer as you like. Besides, the FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is very helpful in recovering deleted text messages, photos, contacts, WhatsApp chat history, videos, etc. on your iPhone, including iPhone 11, XS/XR/X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus and more. 

Extra Tips: How to Recover iMessage History


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

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

1. Log into Apple iCloud for iMessage Online

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 to sign in iCloud for iMessage online.


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 of 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 lookup text messages/iMessages from iCloud and find the iMessage logs. 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 from iPhone for viewing

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


Export iPhone Text Messages on iCloud


Part 4 Related iCloud Messages Related Q&A

Q: What can you see on iCloud?

You can get access to many kinds of content 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 the iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone.    


View iMessage Online


Q: How to Back Up Text Messages/iMessages to iCloud? 

Since iCloud backup includes iMessages, SMS, MMS, to back up iPhone messages to iCloud, you have to enable iCloud backup on your iPhone and make a backup.

  • On Settings > iCloud > Backup and turn on iCloud backup.

  • 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.

  • You can also tap "Back up now" to manually backup your iPhone to iCloud.


Q: How to Sync/Save Messages with iCloud?

If your iPhone has been updated to iOS 11.4, you can sync text messages, iMessages to iCloud, and view the messages on all your iPhone, iPad, Mac.

  • Open Settings, tap your Apple ID, and choose iCloud. 

  • Toggle on the button for Messages and Apple will prompt you to enable two-factor authentication. Once you set it up, your iMessages, SMS, MMS will be saved on iCloud storage. 


Sync Messages to iCloud on iOS 11.4



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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