How to Read My Text Messages Online

Question: “Is it possible for me to read my text messages online? I lost my phone and there is a lot of important information in my messages that I did not save. Please help.”

Although most mobile service providers do not allow access to text messages except through the phone, there are a few ways to get around their security system. If you want to work directly with the service providers it might take a lot of legal hassle and sometimes, money. With these options, accessing your messages online will be a lot easier.

Use A 3rd-Party Software to Read iPhone Text Messages Online

With this software, you can gain access to all your messages, including the ones you deleted already. iMyFone D-Back works with iPhones, iPads and iPods touches. There are 3 ways to recover the messages you want from iOS device, iTunes Backup, and iCloud Backup. First, download and install the iMyFone D-Back on your computer.

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01 Read Messages from iOS Device Directly:

Step 1: Launch the software and connect your iOS device to your computer using a USB cable.

connect your iOS device to your computer

Step 2: Select ‘Messages’from the list. You can also read WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, Line, WeChat messages online with iMyFone D-Back.

Select ‘Messages’from the list

Step 3: Once your device has been detected, click ‘Scan’.

Scan your iPhone

Step 4: Once the scan is finished, all your messages will be shown, you can even read the deleted messages by choosing ‘Show only the deleted files’.

Connect with iPhone and Scan

02 Read Messages from iTunes Backup:

Step 1: Launch the software, click on ‘Recover from iTunes Backup ’ and select ‘Start’. Then choose ‘Messages’ from the data list.

Recover from iTunes backup

Step 2: Choose the iTunes backup which includes the messages you want to read and click ‘Scan’.

Choose the iTunes backup

Step 3: You will be shown all the messages available from the iTunes backup.

all the messages will be shown

03 Read Messages from iCloud Backup:

Step 1: Launch the software, select ‘Recover from iCloud Backup’ and click ‘Start’.

Read Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 2: Select ‘Messages’from the list and then fill in the iCloud login details (iMyFone does not retail personal details such as this).

fill in the iCloud login details

Step 3: You will be shown all your available iCloud backup files and then, you can select which you will like to read.

Select an iCloud Backup

Step 4: A scan will start, once it is done, you can simly read all the existing and deleted messaegs from iCloud backup.

read all the existing and deleted messaegs from iCloud backup


Through Your Mobile Providers

As stated earlier, getting your text messages through your mobile providers could prove to be a hassle. You can go through the process if that is what you really want. However, you may not be able to get all the information you need. For example, if you use Verizon and you need your text message details, you will not be able to get the complete information. Verizon will only give you the date, phone number and time stamp of the messages, not the text content itself.To get these details:

Step 1: Sign into your My Verizon account online.

Step 2: To the left side, you will see a link to view your usage - click on that link.

Step 3: You will be shown your unbilled calls and text details.

Step 4: If you have further details, you will have to contact Verizon directly. Still, bear in mind that the information they can give you is very limited.

Through Your Mobile Providers