Data Recovery

How to View iPhone Messages on Mac or PC

Read iPhone text messages on a computer?

Apple device users know that iTunes can help to back up data on 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?

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: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Mac), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Windows). Both software are safe and professional, just try either of them with no worries.

Download the free trial version below to have a try. Choose the right version for your computer.

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View iPhone SMS on your computer in 3 steps

Here let's look how to view messages directly from iPhone with Wondershare dr.fone for ios. If you want to extract and view itunes backup for your iPhone, go here: How to find and view itunes backup on computer

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.

For iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5c/5/4S, the main window of the program will be like this:


For iPhone 4/3GS, the main window of the program will be like this. You need to download a plug-in before scanning your iPhone for data on it.


Step 2:Scan your iPhone for data on it

If you use iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5/5C/4S, you can directly scan your iPhone by clicking the Start Scan button.

If you use iPhone 4/3GS, you need to get into your iPhone's scanning mode to scan it. How? It's quite simple.

First, hold your iPhone and click Start;

Second, hold Power and Home buttons at the same time for exactly 10 seconds;

At last, release the Power button, and keep the Home button pressed.

If you've entered the scanning mode, you'll get a window below: the program is scanning your iPhone for data. If not, please try it again.


Step 3:Save and view iPhone messages on PC

When the scan finishes, a scan result as follow will appear. You can preview all data in it. Choose messages and click Recover to save them on your computer. The saved file is a kind of HTML file, which allows you to view effortlessly.


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

You can also watch the video tutorial below.

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Hi, have you tried all the recovery mode? If yes, I would suggest that you try to find the desired text messages from other message string under other phone numbers or under the "Unknown" section, as the recovered messages will be put somewhere else if they are not listed under the corresponding phone number. You can recover to the computer and then try to search for a specific text message by entering key words(press Ctrl+F keys on the keyboard).
I couldn't get the deleted messages to show in order, and there was lots of texts that showed as symbols, and the numbers/ names were mixed up with messages
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