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How to View iPhone Messages on PC or Mac

Sometimes, we need to back up our iPhone data to our pc or Mac. As we know, iTunes can help you to back up iPhone data, but the data you backup by iTunes is unreadable on your computer. How to view text messages of iPhone on pc or Mac as a text?

Actually, this article can help you solve this problem. The first way is make your messages readable directly from your iPhone, and the other way is to to extract your iTunes backup to make it readable. Both of these two ways need the help of a third-party tool: iPhone Data Recovery (Mac), or iPhone Data Recovery(Windows), and they are safe and professional. You should choose the right version for your computer and download the free and trial versionof iPhone Data Recovery to have a try.

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How to View iPhone Messages on pc or Mac

This article the version of iPhone Data Recovery(Windows) as an example. For Mac user, please download the Mac version of iPhone Data Recovery(Mac), and take the similar steps as above.

To extract, view or recover iPhone messages from backup, you can click here: How to find and view iTunes backup on computer.
Without backup, to recover deleted messages from iPhone directly, check the tips: How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone without backup.

Step 1: Launch the app and connect your iPhone to the computer

Download, install and run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer, and then use a USB to connect your iPhone with the computer.

If you use iPhone 7 (Plus)/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S, you will see the main window of the program as follow

If you use iPhone 4/3GS, the main interface of the app will be like this.

Step 2: Scan lost data from your iPhone

For iPhone 7 (Plus)/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S, you can click the "Start Scan" button to scan your iPhone directly.

For iPhone 4/3GS, you should enter the scanning mode of your iPhone to scan lost data.

  • 1. Hold your device, then click the green "Start" button.
  • 2. After clicking the "Start" button, press the "Power" and the "Home" at the same time immediately for exact 10 seconds. The program will count the time for you.
  • 3. When the 10 seconds passed, release the "Power" button right now, but keep pressing the "Home" for another 10 seconds.
  • 4. You’ll be informed that you’ve successfully entered the scanning mode of the device after another 10 seconds, and you can release the "Home" button then.

After you got into the scanning mode, the program will scan your iPhone automatically. If not, please try it again.

Step 3: View and recover SMS from iPhone on PC

After the scan,you will get the window of the scan result as below. Choose those data we intend to get back and save them on your computer by clicking "Recover" button. The saved file is a kind of HTML file, which allows you to view effortlessly.

recover SMS from iphone

Now, download iPhone Data Recovery to have a try!

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