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Read iPhone text messages on a computer?

Apple device users know that iTunes can help to back up data on iPhone SE,iPhone 6S Plus,iPhone 6S,iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 6,iPhone 5S,iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, etc, and you must also know that the iTunes backup file is unreadable on your computer. Therefore, is it possible to back up text messages from an iPhone so it is readable as a text on the PC or Mac?

View iPhone Messages on iPhone or in iCloud & iTunes Backups

In fact, the answer is YES. There are two ways. The first one is to extract your iTunes backup to make it readable, and the other way is to make your messages readable directly from your iPhone. No matter which way you prefer, you need the help from a third-party tool: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery, or Dr.Fone - Mac iPhone Data Recovery. Both software are safe and professional, just try either of them with no worries.

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Part 1. View iPhone SMS on your computer in 3 steps

Here let's look how to view messages directly from iPhone with Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery.

Step 1. Run the program and connect your iPhone

Run the program on your computer after downloading and installing it, and then connect your iPhone to the computer. iPhone SE/6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4 are all supported. When your device is recognized, the main window of the program will be like this:

connect iphone to view messages

To view messages on your iPhone, you can check "Messages & Attachments". This will save you time for scanning. If you want to check all contents on your iPhone at the same time, you can choose to check the items all. Then click "Start Scan" to begin.

Step 2. Scan and view iPhone messages on PC

When the scan finishes, a scan result as follows will appear. You can preview all data in it. Choose messages and you can view the items one by one. Check the items you want and click "Recover to Computer". You can save them on your computer. The saved file is a kind of HTML file, which allows you to view effortlessly on your Windows computer or Mac.

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If you're a Mac user, please download the Mac version of Dr.Fone, and take the similar steps as above. You can also view iPhone messages on Mac, in a file of HTML.

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Part 2. View iPhone Messages in iCloud Backup

Here let's look how to view iPhone messages in iCloud backup files.

Step 1. Sign in your iCloud account

Switch to "Recover from iCloud Backup File" on the left side menu and then you'll be at the entrance of iCloud. Enter your iCloud account and get into it. Your account is 100% safe here. Wondershare never keep any record of your account or leak it to others.

connect iphone to view messages

To view messages on your iPhone, you can check "Messages & Attachments". This will save you time for scanning. If you want to check all contents on your iPhone at the same time, you can choose to check the items all. Then click "Start Scan" to begin.

Step 2. Download and extract your iCloud backup file

Once you're in, you will see a list of all your backup files in the account. Choose the one for your iPhone and click to download it. It will take you some time. When the downloading is complete, you can begin the extracting, and then wait for a second.

scan and view messages on iphone

Step 3. View your iPhone messages in iCloud backup

In the scanning result, you can choose anything you want to view. Click on the "Messages" and view the content in detail on the right. After viewing, you can choose to save it to your computer or device by clicking on "Recover to Computer" if you have a need.

scan and view messages on iphone

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Part 3. View iPhone Messages in iTunes Backup

Here let's look how to view iPhone messages in iTunes backup files.

Step 1. Choose to extract your iTunes backup file

Switch to "Recover from iTunes Backup File" for viewing iPhone messages in iTunes backup files. Choose the iTunes backup file for your iPhone and click "Start Scan". Then the program will start extracting your iTunes backup files automatically.

connect iphone to view messages

Step 2. View iPhone messages one by one

You can start viewing the content since the scanning begins. Choose "Messages" and you can view the whole content. Clicking on the "Recover to Computer" button, you can save the messages to your iPhone or to your computer as an HTML file for better reading or printing.

scan and view messages on iphone

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