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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 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 iMessages problem posted on the forum. Here I would like to provide the explanations on the related problem about iCloud messages, including how to view iMessgaes on iCloud backup, how to view iMessages online, how to check iPhone messages on PC or Mac and more. 


Answers:

Does iCloud backup text messages/iMessages?

Definitely, iCloud save messages history including iMessage, SMS (text messages), and MMS messages on your iPhone. In fact, iOS 11. 4 has added a new feature - Messages in iCloud, which can save iMessages to iCloud storage so that you can view iPhone messages on Mac, iPad and more. 


Messages on iCloud


Can I View iPhone Messages on iCloud?

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 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. 

But with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, the iPhone backup extractor that we are going to introduce below, you can view iMessages on iCloud backup. 


How to View iMessages/Text messages Online?

Like it is mentioned above, iMessages is not available on icloud.com. The messages are stored in iCloud backup. So you cannot view iMessages online. But with an iPhone backup extractor like FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, you can access iMessages, text messages on iCloud backup. 


How to View iMessages on PC or Mac?

On a Mac, if you sign in with the same Apple ID as iPhone, you can view iMessages/text messages on Mac. And if you have enabled Messages on iCloud on iOS 10.4 devices, the iPhone messages will sync with Mac. But you cannot view iMessages on PC as you do with Mac computer.


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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 what if you just want to check Verizon texts from computer, for example, instead of restoring all of them to iPhone? You can view iMessages on iCloud with the following tool.

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 know, we can receive or send iMessage on Apple products such as iPhone, iPad or Mac. However, what if somebody wants 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 log in 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.    


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.


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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