How to Access iPhone Text Messages on a PC/Mac
If you are looking to learn how to view iPhone text messages on computer, you have come to the right place. It is very inconvenient to get off of your computer only to read a message on your iPhone and the guide below shows how you can view iPhone texts on computer so you don't need to get away from your desk.
The guide shows four ways of viewing iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5 texts on a computer and let's get started:
- Method 1: Directly Check iPhone Messages from Computer (PC and Mac)
- Method 2: Read iPhone Texts on computer from iTunes Backup
- Method 3: View iPhone Texts on Computer from iCloud Backup
- Method 4: View iPhone Text Messages on Mac via Messages in iCloud
Method 1: Directly Check iPhone Messages from Computer (PC and Mac)
There is actually a way that allows you to check iPhone messages from computer directly without requiring you to do anything too technical. All the method does is scan your iPhone 6, 7, 8, and even 10 and show you the messages you have got on your device. It's easy, fast, and an efficient way to check messages on your computer.
What's more, the method works on both Windows as well as Mac machines. Let's see how you can use it on your machine:
- Download and open the Tenorshare UltData software on your computer. Connect your device to your computer and click on Restore from iOS Device in the software. Then, select Messages & Attachments and hit the Start Scan button.
- After the software has scanned your device, you should see your text messages on your screen. Select the messages you want to fully read on your computer and click on Recover.
- Download and launch the software on your computer. Click on Recover from iTunes Backup file option, select your iTunes backup from the list, and hit the Start Scan button to scan your backup.
- You should be able to preview files from your iTunes backup. Choose what you would like to recover and click on the Recover button in bottom-right corner.
- Download and open the software on your computer. Select Recover from iCloud Backup file option, enter in your Apple login credentials, and hit the Enter button to log-in to your Apple iCloud account.
- After you have logged-in, choose an iCloud backup from the list and click on the Next button to continue.
- You'll be asked what you'd like to download from the backup. Select Messages & Attachments and click on Next.
- The software will begin to download your messages from iCloud. You'll see the following on your screen. You can now preview the files to be downloaded from iCloud. Choose what you would like to save to your computer and click on Recover.
The selected messages will be recovered to your computer for you to read them. You can now read iPhone texts on computer as all of your text messages are now available on your computer.
Method 2: Read iPhone Texts on computer from iTunes Backup
If your text messages are saved in an iTunes backup and you wish to learn how to read iPhone text messages on computer, this section will help you out.
An iTunes backup can be extracted to find the messages that you are looking for, however, doing so manually is not possible as there's no built-in tool on your computer that can help you do that. Fortunately, there's a software called Tenorshare UltData that can help you read texts from an iTunes backup.
Here's how you can do that:
Now that you have all of your messages on your computer, you can view them as you would do on your iPhone.
Method 3: View iPhone Texts on Computer from iCloud Backup
Your text messages don't have to be on your iPhone or in an iTunes backup. Maybe you have saved them on an iCloud backup and you wish to read them on your computer. The same app you used for iTunes backup can help you view messages from an iCloud backup as well. The following shows how to use Tenorshare UltData to view iPhone texts from an iCloud backup.
Your text messages should now be saved from iCloud to your computer. You can now start to read them on your computer.
Method 4: View iPhone Text Messages on Mac via Messages in iCloud
Starting with iOS 11.4, you can use a feature called Messages in Cloud that allows you to sync your messages on the cloud and your messages will become available on all of your synced devices. Enabling and configuring the feature is extremely easy and is shown below.
On your iPhone running iOS 11.4 or later, open the Settings app and tap on your iCloud account. Then, turn the toggle for Messages to the ON position and the feature will be enabled.
Enabling the feature on a Mac is equally easy and you can do that by firing-up the Messages app. Then, head to Messages > Preferences > Accounts. Enable the option that says Enable Messages in iCloud and click on the Sync Now button. The feature has been successfully enabled on your Mac.
If you have been wondering how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer, you now have an answer to your question. You have not just one but a number of ways to get messages to your computer to view them. We hope you like the methods we have shown above to view iPhone text messages on computers.