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How to check incoming & outgoing text messages online

Updated April 17, 2017

Most wireless service providers offer online services to access your wireless subscription. Services available online include viewing and paying your bill, changing your plan and features and viewing your voice and data usage. To set up an online account through your provider's website, you will need your wireless number, any account privacy pass-codes and to choose a online password. After logging in, your account information is displayed and you can view the different online features, including the option to view incoming and outgoing text messaging data.

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  1. Log in to your online wireless account. For most providers, enter your wireless number and password. Most accounts will list all of the wireless numbers associated with that account, usually listed as users.

  2. Choose the number for which you wish to view the text message history. Depending upon the provider, you can view the numbers either by selecting them from a drop down list or by clicking the "View All" or "Users" option.

  3. Scroll down until you locate the "Data Usage" option for that specific number. Under the "Data Usage" option, there will be the option of selecting different periods of time based on current or past billing cycles. Select the correct billing cycle and click "Data Usage."

  4. View the date usage. Depending upon the provider, your data will be divided into incoming text, outgoing text, incoming multimedia, outgoing multimedia messages and Internet use or it will be divided into text and multimedia in one section and data in another.

  5. Tip

    Viewing the text message history will only show the incoming and outgoing numbers associated with the text messages and will not display any of the messaging details.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wireless phone
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Online wireless account information

About the Author

Melissa Lowery began her writing career in 1999 as a field reporter for the "Six Mile Post." Since 2000 Lowery has contributed to many different websites and print publications. She holds both a mastery makeup artistry and a cosmetology diploma, with more than six years experience in these fields.

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