How to Check iMessages Online for Mac & PC

Look for methods on how to access/view iMessages online? This article will introduce you ways of reading iMessage online on both PC and Mac.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 19, 2022

Can I check my iMessages online on Windows PC? My cell phone fell into the toilet, my screen is completely messed up and I was wondering if I can check my iMessages online or download them to my Windows computer or MacBook Air?

– A User from Apple Community

Many iMessage users have a similar question that whether they could check or view iPhone messages online on PC or Mac. Because iPhone is lost or users want to check iMessages on the computer with a bigger screen, etc. Officially, Apple does not allow this to happen on non-Apple devices such as Windows, Android, or Linux devices. 

Fortunately, there are 3 methods that can help you view iMessages online. One is viewing iMessages on iCloud on a computer, and you can furtherly choose to restore from iCloud backup to your PC or Mac computer; the other is logging in your Apple ID on your Mac (including iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook) to check iMessages online. The last method is to use Chrome Remote Desktop to access iMessage online. Let’s get started.

Check iMessage Online

Check iMessage Online

Further Reading: iPhone Messages Keep Indexing and Attachments not Showing up >

View iMessage Online on PC from iCloud Backup

You have learned that iCloud photos, notes, contacts can be checked through the official iCloud website as long as you log into your iCloud account. Nevertheless, it’s a pity that you are not be allowed to view iMessages on iCloud directly. How to sign into iMessage and check my iMessages from a PC?

To access and view iPhone messages on a computer, you can get a tool named PhoneRescue for iOS. It is a professional iOS data recovery tool and dedicated to helping iOS users recover data from iTunes or iCloud backup or without a backup. How to check iMessage online with PhoneRescue for iOS:

  • Log into Apple ID and view iMessages on iCloud on PC when your phone is lost, damaged, system crashed, etc.
  • Check messages and iMessages from iTunes backup, as well as photos, videos, etc.
  • Scan your iPhone and check iMessages without backup files.
  • Supports Mac computer and Windows PC.
  • Supports previewing and selectively recovering data according to your needs.

Now, download and install PhoneRescue for iOS.  And then follow the steps to see how to view iMessages on your Windows computer with PhoneRescue for iOS.

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Step 1. Launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Launch it and select Recover from iCloud mode.

Choose Recover from iCloud

Choose Recover from iCloud

Step 2. Log into your account and select the iCloud Backup option.

Choose iCloud Backup

Log in iCloud

Step 3. Select Messages from iCloud backup to scan.

Choose the Messages to Restore

Select Messages Category to Scan

Step 4. Now you can view and read all iMessages online with your computer > Click on the Recover to Computer button to download iMessages to your Windows or Mac computer. You can also connect an iPhone to recover iMessages to the device.

Select Messages to Restore to Your iPhone

View Messages and iMessages Online

Further Reading: How to Recover Accidentally Deleted iMessage Conversation >

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View iMessage Online on Mac

First of all, you need to notice that to use this method to access or read iMessages online, you need to have a Mac computer. Here is how to view iMessages online on a Mac.

Step 1. Launch the 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 view iMessages online with your Mac now. As we mentioned before, this method applies to Mac users, if you are working with a Windows PC, you can’t make it in this way. But Method 1 can help you view iMessage on Windows.

Access iMessages Online via Chromebook

If you’re curious about how to access iMessage online from a Chromebook, please follow the guide below:

Step 1: On Mac and Windows computers, download the “Chrome Remote Desktop” app.

Step 2: Install it on two computers, and then click the “Launch Application” button to open it.

Step 3: Download the installation program of “Chrome Remote Desktop Host” on your Mac computer, and follow the installation steps to set it up.

Step 4: You can enter the host code of your Mac computer into the Chrome Remote Desktop application on your Chromebook, and the connection will be established.

In order to use iMessage on Windows with the help of Chrome Remote Desktop, you need a Mac Book and a Windows PC. In addition, you also need to install the Chrome browser on both laptops.

Further Reading:

Can I Check my iMessages from Another Phone?

Yes. iMessages are the messages that you can send from iPhone to another iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac. Wi-Fi or cellular-data networks are needed. When you successfully text iMessage to another Apple device, it will be sent in blue text bubbles. Therefore, you can check iMessages from another iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac because of syncing iMessages.

How Do I Log Into my iMessage Account?

1. Sign into the iMessage account on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > Turn on iMessage and choose your phone number or iCloud email as your iMessage account.

2. Sign into the iMessage account on Mac: Open Messages > References > Tap on iMessage > Check your phone number to sign in.

The Bottom Line

After reading this guide, you must have already known how to access iMessage online. You can view iMessages from Mac or Windows PC easily. And, PhoneRescue for iOS helps you to check messages and iMessages online on both Mac and Windows PC. You can download PhoneRescue for iOS to give it a try >

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Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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