How to View Text Messages/iMessages on iCloud

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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 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 iMessages problem posted on the forum. Here I would like to provide the explanations on the related problem about how to get iPhone messages on windows and check text messages from your computer.


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.   


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That is to say, 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. That is the problem! Some users just want to check Verizon texts from computer, for example, instead of restore all of them to iPhone. Fortunately, there is a good way to solve the problem about how to view iMessages online with a simple trick.

Solution:How to Check iPhone Messages from Computer?

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. After that, you are allowed to read text messages on 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 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 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 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 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 "Recover" button. After the program exports iMessage conversation, the messages on iCloud will be retrieved 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

While we're on this topic, some people are also confused that if it is possible to access iMessage from Windows. As we all known, we can receive or send iMessage on Apple products such as iPhone, iPad or Mac. However, what if somebody want to check Mac text messages remotely on Windows PC, or in other cases, view iPhone text messages on PC? The answer would be YES! All you need is getting a Remote Desktop extension for iMessage app on windows, say, the Chrome Remote desktop. With it, you are able to remotely access your Mac with the iMessages online on your PC. To check or view iMessages online, you just download the extensions on both your PC and Apple products, and then login to your iMessage account! In this way, you are able to access iMessages for PC. 


View iMessage Online

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.    


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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