Q: Can I check my iMessages online? My cell phone fell inside the toilet and my screen is completely messed up and I was wondering if I can check my iMessages online or someplace on my MacBook Air.
– A User from Apple Community
Just like the above user, sometimes your iPhone’s screen may can’t work for various different reasons. In that case, your iPhone still can receive iMessages but you couldn’t check these iMessages on your phone. That’s why more and more users want to read/view iMessages online. You know that iCloud photos, notes, contacts can be checked through iCloud.com as long as you log into iCloud with your Apple ID. However, it’s a pity that you are not be allowed to view iMessages on iCloud directly.
Fortunately, there are still 2 methods can help you view iMessages online. One is logging in your Apple ID on your Mac (including iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook) computer, the other one is recovering iMessages from iCloud backup at first, and then read these online iCloud iMessages on your Mac or PC computer.
Method 1. View iMessgaes Online by Logging into iMessage on Mac
First of all, you need to notice that using this method to access or read iMessages online you must have a Mac computer with you. If you don’t have a Mac, you can go to Method 2 directly. Here is how to view iMessages online on a Mac.
Step 1 Launch Messages app on your Mac.
Step 2 Go to Preferences > Accounts.
Step 3 Sign in with your Apple ID to activate iMessage.
Then you can receive and read iMessages online with your Mac now. As we mentioned before, this method applying for Mac users, if you are working with a PC computer, you can’t do the same. But Method 2 can help you make it.
Method 2. View iMessgaes Online by Recovering from iCloud Backup
To recover iMessages from iCloud backup, you need a tool called PhoneRescue. PhoneRescue is a professional Android & iOS data recovery and PhoneRescue for iOS is dedicate to help iOS users recover lost or deleted data and extract content from iTunes or iCloud backup. It has outstanding features like:
1. Enables you to access and view 20+ types of iPhone data including iMessages in iCloud Backup without any limitation.
2. Besides extracting data from iCloud backup, you can also use it to recover lost or deleted data from iDevice, from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup easily.
3. Supports selectively recover data and allows you to preview before recovery.
Now, let’s see how to view iMessages online with PhoneRescue for iOS.
Step 1 Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your PC or Mac computer > Launch it and select recover from iCloud, then log in iCloud with your Apple ID.
Step 2 Select iCloud Backup.
Step 3 PhoneRescue will list all your iCloud backups, select the right one and click “Download” button, then only tick Messages and click on OK to start downloading messages from iCloud.
Step 4 View and check the iMessages and then click on the Recover to Computer > Now you can view and read all iMessages online with your computer.
The Bottom Line
After reading this guide about how to view iMessages online, believe that you must already know how to make it. As you can see, Method 2 is more useful than Method 1 because it is applying for both Mac and PC users. Now download PhoneRescue for iOS to give it a try >