How to View iMessage History on Your Computer

Are you looking for a particular message that you sent or received via iMessage a while back? If you use iMessages a lot, it may not be easy to locate the single message from the long list of iMessages on your iPhone. The search for that single important message can also be further complicated if it is no longer on the iPhone and is in one of your iTunes or iCloud backup files.

We have a better, easier and more reliable way to view iMessage history on your computer whether they are on your iOS device or not. Keep reading to find out how.

Is it Possible to View iMessage History?

If you had accidentally deleted some of the iMessages, you may be wondering if it is possible to view them. Contrary to popular belief you can actually view deleted messages on your iPhone as long as two conditions are met: the messages have not been overwritten by new data on the device and you have the right iPhone data recovery tool.

How to View iMessage History

So what is the best iPhone data recovery tool you can use to view both existing and deleted iMessage history? The only one we can recommend is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. It is very easy to use, allowing users to view data on the iOS device, iTunes backup or iCloud backup. But before we show you how to view the iMessage history your PC or Mac, the following are some of the reasons that make this tool the best:

  • You can use it to view both existing and delete iMessage history on iPhone/iPad.
  • The program doesn’t affect the current data on your device.
  • You can also view the iMessages in your iTunes and iCloud backup.
  • It allows you to view and recover up to 18 different types of data including photos, videos, contacts, WhatsApp, Viber, notes and many more.
  • It is very easy to use as we shall see shortly and allows for selective data recovery.
  • It is also compatible with the latest iOS devices and the latest version of iOS, including iPhone 11/11 Pro and iOS 13.

Download and install iPhone Recovery software on to your computer and then follow these simple steps to view your iMessage history:


Option 1: View iMessages on the iOS device Directly

  • Step 1: Open the program on your computer and select “Recover” from the main window. Click on “Recover iOS Data” and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.
  • Step 2: When the program detects your device, select “Messages & Attachments” from the list of data types on your device and then click “Start Scan”.
  • Step 3: The program will scan the device for both existing and deleted messages. When the scan is complete, you will be able to view the iMessages on the next screen. Select the messages you need to save on your computer and click “Recover to Computer”.

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Option 2: View iMessage History from iTunes Backup

  • Step 1: Run the program, click “Recover” and choose “Recover iOS Data”. Then select “Recover from iTunes Backup File”.
  • Step 2: Now choose the backup with the messages you would like to view and click “Start Scan” to allow the program to begin scanning the selected backup for the iMessages.
  • Step 3: Once the scan is complete, you should see the iMessages on that backup file. Select the ones you would like to save to your computer and then click “Recover to Computer”.

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Option 3: View iMessage History from iCloud Backup

  • Step 1: Launch the program, choose “Recover” then “Recover iOS Data”. After that, click “Recover from iCloud Backup File” from the left-side bar. Sign in to your iCloud account and then choose the relevant backup file. Click “Download” to continue.
  • Step 2: Select “Messages” as the type of data you would like to view and then click “Next” to allow the program to begin scanning the backup for the messages.
  • Step 3: The program will download the messages from iCloud. When the download is complete, you can view the iMessages on the backup and select some you’d like to save and click “Recover to Computer”.

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With iPhone Recovery software, you can easily view any kind of data on your iOS device, on your iTunes or iCloud backups. If you have any questions, problems or feedback about this program, let us know in the comments section below. Your feedback helps us improve the product and is always valuable to us.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Nov 11, 2019, 19:55:23

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.