Can’t see texts on your iPhone cause of a damaged screen? Or maybe you want to view your messages on the large screen of your PC for proper organization and convenience.

Whatever your reason is, you can access and view your iPhone text messages on your PC adopting several methods. However, this is not as straightforward as viewing iPhone photos or other media on a PC because you have to Image name your iPhone messages to the PC first.

Not to worry though because this guide reveals a quick and easy method to view iPhone text messages on your PC through iCloud and other alternatives to try out as well. Let’s dive in.

In this article
    1. How to View iPhone Messages on iCloud from Windows PC via iCloud
    2. How to Sync iPhone Messages from iCloud to Mac via iCloud
    1. View iPhone Messages on PC using iTunes Backup
    2. View iPhone Texts on Computer Using the Messsages App

Can You View iPhone Messages on PC?

Yes, you can view your iPhone messages on your PC. Aside from giving you a more visually appealing way to view your iPhone texts, viewing iPhone messages on a PC also provides a secure stoppage option for important messages.

By design, Apple doesn’t have a direct way for users to view iPhone messages on a PC, so many people are clueless about this. However, you can view iPhone texts on PC using different methods.

You can either Image name your iPhone to the PC using a USB cable, sync both devices to your iCloud account, use an iPhone backup service, or sign in to the same Apple ID on your PC as your iPhone. Some methods even allow you to see the text pop-up on the PC screen when you receive a text message on your iPhone.

Luckily, this guide shows you how to use each of these methods to view iPhone texts on a PC even if you are a first-time user.

How to View Text Messages on iCloud from PC

If you are using a Windows PC, then iCloud might not be your best choice, as it is built in the Apple ecosystem. Go to the next part to find other methods to see text messages from iCloud on a Windows computer.

If you are a Mac user, you can easily view your text messages on iCloud from your PC. Just ensure that both your devices have the iCloud syncing enabled, and then check out the Messages app to find your messages/iMessages on the iCloud backup.

How to View iPhone Text Messages on iCloud from Windows PC via iCloud

For Windows PC users, it is hard to access iPhone text messages on iCloud by going to the iCloud website. Usually, you can access and view iCloud-synced data on the official iCloud website. However, does not have the Messages app where you can directly see synced messages.

Therefore, to view text messages on iCloud from PC, you will need to adopt such methods as Wondershare MobileTrans or iTunes. Check them out in the second part.

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How to Sync iPhone Text Messages from iCloud to Mac via iCloud

Since your iPhone and Mac are compatible, it’s easier to view text messages from iCloud on your mac. However, you’ll have to sync your iPhone text messages from iCloud to the MacBook first.

Syncing your iPhone messages from iCloud to mac gives you a unified viewing experience. Here is a detailed guide on how to do this:

  • Open your iPhone and turn on your mobile data or connect to a stable Wi-Fi.
  • Go to Settings and tap on your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
go to apple account settings on iphone
  • Then click on iCloud. Under the Apps Using iCloud bar, select Show All to view all the apps using iCloud and scroll down to Messages. Enable the toggle switch in front of messages so it turns green.
find the messages app in icloud settings
  • You’ll see an on-screen prompt to “Sync your messages to iCloud so you can continue your conversation from all your devices.” Tap on the Sync this iPhone switch and iCloud will start syncing your text messages across all your Apple devices including your mac.
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You should know that it may take a while for iCloud to sync all your iPhone text messages depending on how many texts you have on the iPhone and your internet connection. Once syncing is complete, you’ll be able to view your iPhone texts on your Mac.

When you receive new messages, there will be a pop-up window in the upper right corner for you to see the details. To view old messages, just go to your Messsages app on the Mac.

Other Methods to See iPhone Messages on Computer

For Windows uses and others who find iCloud access unavailable, here are other methods to see iPhone messages on a computer. Stay glued and keep reading.

View iPhone Messages on PC using iTunes Backup

Another way to see iPhone text messages on a PC is to restore your texts from iTunes. This method is especially helpful when you accidentally delete your text messages or lose your iPhone.

If you backed up your iPhone data using iTunes, you can restore and view the iPhone messages on your PC. However, you’ll need to use an extractor tool like MobileTrans to extract your text messages from your iTunes backup.

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Once you download and install MobileTrans on your PC, follow these simple steps to view your iPhone messages on your PC:

  • Open MobileTrans and switch to the Backup & Restore tab from the MobileTrans dashboard.
  • Choose iTunes Restore from the interface.
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  • Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable. Then click on the backup file from the iPhone and choose Phone Data.
choose phone data from the options
  • Click on the iTunes Backup on the left of the screen and select Text Messages from the type of files to restore. Then click on Start at the bottom of the screen.
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Once the iTunes restore is complete, you’ll be able to view your old iPhone messages on your PC and you can restore the images to your iPhone too.

View iPhone Texts on Computer Using the Messsages App

This method works for only mac users. You can see your iPhone messages on your PC using the default messaging app on your MacBook. Messages for mac also allows you to send text messages to other devices without using your iPhone and the messages you send will be visible on your iPhone as well if you turn on syncing for messages.

All you have to do is open the messaging app on your mac PC, and you’ll see your iPhone messages there if you are signed in to the same Apple ID on your iPhone and mac.

If you haven’t signed in before, you can do so using your Apple ID and password, but the first set-up will only allow you to view iMessages on your mac.

If you want to view text messages (SMS) on your mac using the messaging app, you’ll have to enable text message forwarding. This will forward SMS texts to your other devices automatically.

Follow these steps to enable text message forwarding on your iPhone and mac:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the same Apple ID on both devices.
  • On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Messages. Then click on Text Message Forwarding.
turn on message forwarding in iphone settings
  • You’ll see a list of your Apple devices signed in using the same Apple ID as your iPhone. Click on the toggle switch next to your mac to grant permission to receive SMS texts from your iPhone.
turn on the text message forwarding for your mac to see iphone messages on the computer

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  • You may receive a verification code if you choose a device that doesn’t use two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Enter the code on your iPhone to authorize the change.

When this is done, you’ll receive SMS and MMS texts from your iPhone on your mac PC too if both devices are turned on and connected to a mobile network or Wi-Fi.

Bonus Tip: View and Organize iPhone Text Messages on PC

Did you know that you can easily back up, view, and organize your iPhone text messages on your PC? That’s right! You don’t have to deal with clusters of messages on your iPhone and risk the possibility of accidental deletion or file loss.

Would you like to organize your iPhone messages and access them on your PC whenever you want? Try MobileTrans Backup & Retore.

MobileTrans – Backup & Restore is a user-friendly tool designed for iOS and Android users to back up important files such as text messages to a PC and restore the texts whenever they want.

The best part about MobileTrans Backup and Restore is it doesn’t require a Wi-Fi connection or mobile network like other backup services. MobileTrans is also compatible with both iOS and Android devices and supports over 18 types of data, including messages, photos, contacts, etc.

Once you get MobileTrans on your Windows PC or Mac, follow these steps to back up your iPhone text messages to your PC:

  • Launch MobileTrans and connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable.
  • Once MobileTrans recognizes your device, select Phone Backup and Restore.
go to backup under phone backup and restore section
  • Choose Text Messages from the list of files on your device to back up and click Start at the bottom of your screen.
select data types that you need
  • MobileTrans will notify you once your text message backup is complete. Then you can choose a custom password to encrypt your messages.

Whenever you want to restore your messages to a new device, all you have to do is select the restore option on MobileTrans and your messages will be back on your phone.

Final Words

In summary, it’s possible to view your iPhone messages on your PC whether you are using a MacBook or Windows PC. For Windows PC users, you can either access the text messages through iTunes backup or a third-party app. For mac users, you can view iPhone text messages using iCloud, a third-party software or the default messaging app on your MacBook.

You should also remember to back up important iPhone texts to your PC to prevent data loss. Doing this also gives you an organized viewing experience of your texts whenever you want.

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  1. Why are my iPhone text messages not syncing?
    There are a few possible reasons for this. You may have exhausted your iCloud storage, signed in to a different Apple ID or maybe you are not connected to a strong mobile network or Wi-Fi. Another possible reason is you have not enabled iCloud syncing for messages in settings. Any of these could stop your messages from syncing.
  2. Does iCloud store all my iPhone text messages?
    Yes, iCloud stores all your iPhone text messages as long as you have enough storage space. If you run out of iCloud storage, you can always upgrade to iCloud+ to ensure your texts are stored and synced across all your Apple devices.
Rafael Kaminski
Rafael Kaminski Jan 17, 24
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