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How to Get a Text History From AT&T

by Andrew ToddUpdated September 28, 2017

AT&T offers many services to their cellular telephone subscribers, including mobile Internet access, free calling on nights and weekends and text messaging. A record of every text message sent to and from every cellphone on your AT&T plan is kept on file with the company and included in your cellphone bill. If you would like to see who a particular cellphone user has been sending texts to or receiving texts from, you can look at your phone bill. If you do not have a physical copy of your phone bill handy, you can obtain it online from AT&T's website.

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Open the phone bill of the billing cycle containing the text messages that you would like to view.

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Log in to your AT&T account, if you do not have a physical copy of the bill containing the text messages you would like to view. Click on "Bills & Payments" from the navigational bar, and then click on "Bill History." Click on "View" beside the bill that you would like to view. Click on "View Full Bill" to view a copy of the bill that was mailed.

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Locate the section labeled "Data Detail" with the telephone number on the line whose text messages you would like to view displayed in the top-right corner. All text messages sent and received from this line are displayed in this box and are identified by the Rate Code "MSG 7."

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