How to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone

How to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone? No direct way is available. But you can restore iPhone with an iCloud/iTunes backup or try a backup extractor, which gives you chance to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone.

By iMobie | Posted on: Jan. 23, 2019, Last Updated: Sep. 11, 2019

A Factory Reset means you reset all the settings on your device to factory default. That is to say, all the data on your device including text messages, photos, contacts and more will be erased. And they are impossible to directly recover even with the aid of professional iPhone data recovery software.

But for those who have the habit of backing up iPhone via iTunes/iCloud, there are possibilities to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone. You can restore your iPhone from an iTunes or iCloud backup. In this way, the whole backup will be restored to iPhone, instead of only text messages. If you want a selective recovery for just messages, here in our article, a superb iPhone backup extractor is highly recommended.

Part 1: Restore iPhone with iCloud Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

If you back up iPhone to iCloud regularly, you can choose to restore your iPhone with an iCloud backup. All the backup content including the text messages before factory resetting will be recovered back. Now do as the following instructions:

Step 1. Turn on iPhone, and you should see a Hello screen.

Step 2. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen. Then tap on Restore from iCloud Backup.

Restore iPhone with iCloud Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Restore iPhone with iCloud Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Step 3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password and choose a backup.

Step 4. When asked, sign in to your iCloud account and wait for the progress to complete.

Part 2: Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

If you have created an iTunes backup before resetting iPhone to factory default, you can restore your iPhone with the iTunes backup to get back texts. Follow the steps now:

Step 1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Hit the phone icon in iTunes.

Step 3. Select Restore Backup in iTunes and then pick up one backup.

Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Step 4. Click Restore and wait for the progress to finish.

Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup to Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset

Part 3: Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iCloud/iTunes Backup

The limitation of the above two methods is that you have to restore the whole backup content to iPhone, instead of only text messages. If you want to selectively recover text messages after factory reset iPhone, have a try on PhoneRescue for iOS – an excellent iPhone backup extractor.

How about getting PhoneRescue for iOS downloaded to have a try? Then follow the detailed instructions to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone. Here we take iTunes backup as an example.

PhoneRescue – iPhone Messages Recovery

Want to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone? This article is intended to show you 3 methods to make it. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

Step 1. Install PhoneRescue for iOS to computer and open it. Plug in your iPhone via a USB cable. On Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS, choose “Recover from iTunes Backup“, and click the right arrow to scan your computer for listing all the iTunes backups.

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

Step 2. Select an iTunes backup from the list and click Right Arrow. By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck “Select All” option and then choose Messages.

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

Step 3. Select Messages and Message Attachments, then select the contacts with messages you want to retrieve. Preview the text messages in backup, and select those you want to restore, and click “To Computer” or “To Device” button to get them back to computer or iPhone Messages App.

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

Selectively Recover Text Messages after Factory Reset iPhone from iTunes Backup

The Bottom Line

As you can see, PhoneRescue for iOS offers you a more convenient way to recover text messages after factory reset iPhone. No need to restore iPhone anymore. You just need to extract what you really want from an iCloud or iTunes backup. PhoneRescue for iOS comes with the 60 Days Money Back Guarantee and Lifetime Free Upgrade. Why not get it a try >

iMobie

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