How to View Text Messages Sent and Received From Phone

How to view text messages sent and received from the phone? You can easily view your text message history on your cell phone. Your history can be accessed in two different ways. The first way is to look in your cell phone messaging inbox and outbox. If you don’t delete a message, your phone keeps track of all your text messages.

You can also view your text message history by logging into your online account on the website of your cell phone provider. You may not receive the text message from some providers, but they will provide both the sent and received phone numbers.

view text messages sent and received
view text messages sent and received

Cell Phone

On your cell phone screen, find the menu icon. If you have your phone set to a list setting, you may not see icons. Instead, you will see the word “Menu” somewhere on your phone.

Enter into the menu section of your cell phone. You should then see either more icons or a list of items found in your cell phone’s menu.

You can find the icon and word “Messaging” within your menu. Click into this area on your cell phone. Text message history can be found here.

Look for the words “Inbox” and “Outbox” or “Sent” and “Received” in your Messaging section.

Click on “Inbox” or “Received” to see a list of all text messages you have received. Click on “Outbox” or “Sent” to see a list of all text messages you have sent.

Online Account

Log in to your account via your cell phone provider’s website. If your cell phone provider is Verizon Wireless, then visit and look for “create an account” to set up an account if you do not already have an online account.

Look for a tab or section that is labeled “messaging” once you have successfully logged into your account. You will have to enter a username and password to gain access to your account.

Click on the “messaging” tab and it will bring up your text messages. Verizon lists the numbers for each text message sent and received. Other providers may provide the content of the text messages.

Messages Delivery Statuses Overview

TextMagic tracks your message to see if delivery succeeded and displays different delivery statuses next to your sent messages:

  • Delivered – the message has been delivered and the recipient’s network has confirmed delivery.
  • Sent – the message has been sent but delivery has not been confirmed, for example, because the recipient’s phone is switched off. Delivery notification may take up to 12 hours.
  • Failed – the message has been sent but the recipient’s network is unable to deliver it. For example, because the recipient has canceled their mobile contract or the network was unable to deliver your message.
  • Rejected – the SMS has been refused, either by the recipient’s network or TextMagic. For example, because the recipient has unsubscribed from your marketing messages or you did not use a mandatory local dedicated number when delivering the message to North America. 

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