XF 1.5 Can admins do this?

I've always wondered if admins can see private conversations/messages as I've had some awkward experiences on a different forum where they were somehow able to see my messages, I guess they reported it?

Is this possible?

Thanks <3

Mike Edge

Well-known member
If the admin has data base access, they can view PMs via the database. There are also 3rd party add-ons that allow usergroups with the permission to do so, to log in as any member.


Well-known member
If you're the admin of a board and want to log in as a user then that's your prerogative. There are some ethical issues which have been debated to the nth degree but that's neither here nor there.

If you want to log in as a user for permission checking it might be worth noting that XF already has this feature without exposing the user's whole account.