If you're an AT&T wireless customer, you can access information about you text messages on the AT&T website. The text message log for each line on an account includes date, time and sending or receiving number. You can find the content of text messages online by using the ATT Message Backup & Sync service, which is available to wireless customers at no extra charge.
AT&T Wireless Usage History
Customers of AT&T wireless services can download phone usage details for their account by logging in to att.com. Up to 16 months of usage information about text, calls and data across all wireless devices can be downloaded. In order to receive this information in a printed bill, customers must pay a small monthly fee for Detailed Billing. This service provides text usage details with the monthly bill, including date, time and to and from phone numbers.
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AT&T Message Backup & Sync
The content of text messages is not available on the AT&T website or with Detailed Billing, but customers have another option when it comes to reading messages online. The AT&T Message app on smartphones includes the AT&T Message Backup & Sync service, which backs up text messages and photos in the AT&T cloud for 90 days. Customers can opt in to using the service the first time they use the app on an AT&T smartphone. They can also opt in or out at any time via "Settings" on their phone.
AT&T customers can view the content of text messages stored in the cloud by logging in to the AT&T Messages website at messages.att.net. Messages can also be downloaded to a computer or smartphone from the website. After 90 days, messages are removed from the cloud but remain on the smartphone until deleted. The AT&T Message app is available for both Apple and Android phones. There is no additional charge for opting in to use AT&T Message Backup & Sync.
The AT&T Message app allows customers to send and receive text messages on tablets. They can also sign in at messages.att.net to send and receive messages in a browser window on a tablet or computers. Messages sent this way appear to the sender as if they were sent from a smartphone.
AT&T Secure Family
The AT&T Secure Family app is designed to help parents keep children safe with a variety of tracking and monitoring features. For a monthly charge of $7.99, account holders can track a family member's location in real-time on a map and get notifications when the leave or arrive at specific locations. They can also pause the internet on another phone on the account. The AT&T Secure Family app does not provide additional text message details and does not allow account holders to look at the content of text messages on other phones.
AT&T Text-to-Email and Email-to-Text
AT&T customers can send a text message as email by using an email address for the recipient instead of a phone number. Messages sent this way can be viewed online with an email website or application. AT&T provides each customer with a unique email address by adding @txt.att.net to their 10-digit number. This email address can be used for email to text with ATT. When an email is sent to one of these special addresses, it's delivered as a text message.
AT&T provides a smartphone app called myAT&T for both Apple and Android devices. The app provides billing information and allows customers to monitor data, talk and text message usage for all the lines on an account. You can view text messages logs with date and time information but you cannot view the content of text messages in the app.