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How to Access and View iPhone Text Messages on Mac & PC?

My friend sent cool stuff via text messages to my iPhone. And I have been looking for a way to read my text messages on my computer. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to do so? Thank you very much for any suggestion.

The storing principle of an iPhone is that the documents and media files like videos, music and photos are saved in a user-accessible folder in memory space. But other database like text messages and contacts are located in internal flash memory that requires root access. It is not a problem to backup iPhone data in iTunes, but extracting text messages from iTunes backup file and browse them on computer can be difficult because iTunes backup file is inaccessible. People who want to read iPhone SMS directly on computer need to find a third-party tool that can help to extract SMS from iPhone backup file.

Tips: Here is another way to show you how to read and view text messages on iPhone X/8/7/6S/6 directly.

To extract your iTunes backup to make the text messages readable on computer, Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod (Mac Version & Windows Version) is specially designed extract not only text messages, but also contacts, photos, music, movies, notes, calendar, reminders, voice memos and more from iTunes backup and save to computer, so that you can view the extracted text messages as readable text file on computer without any limitation. Before we show you how to make iPhone text messages readable on computer, let's have a look at other features of this program:

Core Functions of Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod:

* Automatically detect all iTunes backup files on computer, including the one for your iPhone;
* Use it as the most useful data recovery software to recover contacts, SMS, calendars, photos, notes, music, and more from iPhone backup file and sync recovered files to iPhone within one click.
* The built-in preview function enables you to preview files in advance so that you can extract files selectively;
* Work perfectly for iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, as well as all models of iPad and iPod.

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

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Read iPhone SMS on Mac Computer by Extracting from iTunes Backup

Here we set Mac version as an example. If you are using a Windows PC, don't worry, you can turn to the Windows Version and follow the guide below as well because the operations on Windows and Mac computers are almost the same.

Step 1: Launch the Mac Program and Scan iPhone Backup Files

Install and launch the program on your Mac, then, you will get an interface of the program as below. All your iTunes backup files of iOS devices will be displayed on the main interface. Just select the one of your iPhone and then hit "Start Scan" to begin to scan for files on the iDevicie.

launch the program

Step 2. Preview iPhone text messages

When the scan finishes, contents inside the iTunes backup for your iPhone will all be extracted and showed in categories as the image below shows. To extract SMS only, you can just simply click to open the "Messages" folder and preview the contained message files in the right panel in list.

preview photos before recovery

Step 3. Extract SMS for Viewing on Mac

Selected all text messages you want to extract and then press the big "Recover" button to bring out the "Path" dialog. Choose a folder from your Mac and then the program will export all the selected messages to the folder immediately.

See? Only in 3 simple steps, you can read all your iPhone text messages on your computer freely. The extracting task keeps 100% success rate and the exported text messages will preserve original quality perfectly. Enjoy more of its powerful functions now.

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