How to view text messages on iCloud? In this guide, we will show you how to access messages and iMessages in iCloud with step-by-step instructions.
We had received emails from our users and asked us some iCloud messages related problems: How to access and view messages on iCloud? Does iCloud backup messages? Is it possible to check iMessages online? Does iCloud backup deleted text messages? How to retrieve messages from iCloud? These questions are not rare, many of us may encounter them, and don’t know the answers. In this article, we are going to answer the questions one by one.
Answer: According to What iCloud Backup Includes from Apple, iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages are included in iCloud backup. So the messages on your iPhone, no matter they are text messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, iMessages, all of them are included in iCloud backup.
But there is one thing you should notice – when you use Messages in iCloud feature (works for iOS 11.4 and later) messages are automatically stored in iCloud service. That means they’re not included in your iCloud Backup. And you can’t directly view messages on the website icloud.com.
As one of the best iPhone data recovery software, PhoneRescue for iOS aims to recover deleted data and files on iPhone iPad, no matter whether you have made a backup in advance. Except for recovering deleted iPhone iPad files, PhoneRescue for iOS also can work as an iCloud backup extractor to download iCloud backup, and then preview your messages in iCloud without restoring iDevice. And it also is fitted with some top features, like:
Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS > Run it on your computer, and then click Recover from iCloud, then log in iCloud with your Apple ID password.
Step 2. Check all the iCloud backups, select the right one, click the Download button, then select Messages and other iOS contents you want to view (if you have), and then click OK button to start downloading messages from iCloud.
Choose Messages in iCloud with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 2
Step 3. Check and view the messages and messages attachments in iCloud, even included those messages you have deleted from your iPhone. If you want to export them, you can click To iPhone button to get them directly back to iPhone’s Messages App, or click To Computer button to export them to PC/Mac computer.
Access Text Messages in iCloud with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 3
Step 4. View and check the messages extracted from iCloud backup on your iPhone or computer. Just like the Step 3 shows this Badoo password messages had been deleted (the messages in red mean they had been deleted from iPhone), but it was recovered from iCloud backup to my iPhone, just like the following screen shows:
See Messages Extracted from iCloud on iPhone
If you choose to get messages from iCloud to computer, you can find the PhoneRescue for iOS output folder, and then view and check them by dragging any HTML file to your browser.
View Messages Extracted from iCloud on Computer
Answer: Several days ago, one of our users messaged us, his iPhone’s screen didn’t work, he could see his iPhone receive messages, but he couldn’t open his iPhone to check his messages. So he asked us, whether he can receive or check iMessages in iCloud, or whether there is any way to view messages online.
If you are stuck in a similar situation and want to see messages online, we are sorry to tell you that, you can’t check messages online. The only way to receive or check iMessages is logging in your Apple ID in another Apple Devices, like Mac (including iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook), iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Answer: If you have iCloud Message enabled, the answer is No.
With iOS 11.4 and later, if you have enabled iCloud Message feature, iPhone messages will sync to iCloud service, so messages will not be backed up to iCloud when you make a full iPhone backup via iCloud. In addition, when you delete or add the text messages, it will sync to iCloud and change on all your iOS devices that logged in with the same Apple ID and have iCloud Message turned on.
Answer: Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup: To recover deleted messages from iCloud, one way is to restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup that includes text messages you need. To do that: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Enter your Apple ID password to confirm. Then you need to set up your iPhone as a new one and here you can restore your iPhone from iCloud backup that contains the text messages.
Recover Deleted Messages from iCloud with PhoneRescue for iOS: If you want to recover deleted text messages from iCloud without restoring you can refer to this guide: How to Recover Texts and iMessage from iCloud >
You can back up your whole iPhone with iCloud and the backup contains the text messages on the iPhone. So that if you get the iPhone text messages or iMessages deleted or lost, you can still recover them by restoring the backup. To backup your iPhone as well as text messages, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network > Then go to settings app in your iPhone > Tap your Apple ID on the top of the screen.
Step 2. Tap on iCloud > Scroll down and tap “iCloud Backup”.
Step 3. Toggle on iCloud Backup if it hasn’t been turned on > Then tap “Back Up Now”.
Or Try Turning on iCloud Message:
With iOS 11.4 or later, you can turn on the iCloud Message feature, which will automatically backup your iPhone messages to iCloud service. Messages will also sync to all iDevices and Mac that enabled iCloud Message and are logged in with the same Apple ID.
on your iPhone, go to Settings > Tap your name > Tap iCloud > Toggle Messages on.
If you just want to back up messages instead of the whole iPhone content, you can consider backing them up to computer, this guide – How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Computer for Backup can help you make it.
Answer: Just like we said in Question 3, you can log in to your Apple ID on Apple’s Devices and then receive and send messages, so if you are working with a Mac computer, you can check or view messages/iMessages on your Mac. But if you are working with PC – a Windows computer, unfortunately, you can’t do the same thing with your PC.
No matter you are working with a Mac computer or not, and your iPhone still can be recognized by your computer, you have another way to check or view messages/iMessages from computer – with AnyTrans for iOS, which allows you to read text messages and iMessages on PC/Mac computer and then export them to computer for backup. Just like the following screenshot shows:
We have talked about how to check or view messages in iCloud, and also answered some iCloud related questions, hope they are useful and can solve your problem. If you have any questions about iCloud messages or have any problem when viewing or checking messages/iMessages in iCloud, messages us by clicking the Chat Window in the bottom right corner. Now Download PhoneRescue for iOS to Access Messages in iCloud.
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