How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 11/12? Get 4 Methods

How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 in an easy way? In this post, there are 4 methods you can use to recover deleted text messages, whether you have backup or not.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2021

The Message app is still one of the main ways for sending information on the iPhone, especially for people who like using iMessage. After a few months using your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, you may find the Messages app stores lots of conversations, including some important and valuable texts. So what happens if your important text message or iMessage is deleted from your iPhone?

In this article, we’ll show you 4 ways to get back your deleted text messages from your iPhone 11/12. And you’ll find even if you have no iPhone backup available, there is still a chance you may get back your erased texts and images from the iPhone Messages app.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone 11/12 without Backup

In most cases, people deleted their messages conversation without any backup available. If you are in this situation, you have no choice but to have a try on some professional data recovery program.

Luckily, Phonerescue for iOS provides you with an easy way to scan your deleted messages, contacts and other information on your iPhone, and help you get them back in a few clicks, even if you have no iPhone backup, Just follow the below steps to get back your lost messages via PhoneRescue.

Step 1. Download, install and run PhoneRescue for iOS.

You can install PhoneRescue on Windows and Mac computers. And it is compatible with most of the iOS versions, including the latest iOS 15.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using an USB cable. (After connecting, PhoneRescue will recognize your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12.)

Step 3. Choose “Recover from iOS device”.

PhoneRescue offers three modes for you to get back lost iMessages or SMS. And “Recover from iOS Device” mode will directly scan your iPhone to get the deleted text messages, and no backup required.

PhoneRescue for iOS Overview

PhoneRescue for iOS Overview

Step 4. Select Message category and click Okay to scan only the deleted messages and attachments.

Of course, if you want to get back some other types of data that you mistakenly deleted from your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, you can check all the data types to scan. PhoneRescue is able to recover more than 30 data types.)

Select Message Category and Cclick Okay

Select Message Category and Click OK

Step 5. After scan, those recoverable items will appear, and you can select any ones to have a restore back to your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. PhoneRescue also provides you with a button to save iPhone deleted messages as printable documents to your computer.

Select Messages to Restore

Select Messages to Restore

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Method 2. Restore Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 11/12 from iCloud

If you are using iCloud to back up your iPhone and the last successful backup time is before the time you deleted the messages, you may get a chance to retrieve the lost text messages from the backup. (To check the last successful backup time, you can go to Settings > your profile [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. )

Restore Deleted Messages from iCloud

Restore Deleted Messages from iCloud

Restoring from iCloud backup is totally free but has a disadvantage that you have to erase your existing data on your device first and then restore all the backup contents to your device, which means you have to overwrite all your current data on your iPhone 11/12.

If you make sure the messages are stored on your backup, then you can follow this article to recover your deleted messages from iCloud.

Method 3. Get Back Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 11/12 from Paired iPhone iPad

Apple has a wonderful cloud data synchronization environment, and if you’ve paired your iPhone to your other iCloud enabled device(s), you may have synced messages around all your iOS/Mac devices.

So if you’ve ever paired your iPhone 11/12 to another device with the same Apple account, your accidentally deleted message chats may be found on your paired device.

To find synced messages, just go to your paired device and open the Messages app.

Find Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 11/12 from iCloud-Paired Mac

Find Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 11/12 from iCloud-Paired Mac

Also Read: How to Share Message on iPhone >

Method 4. Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup

If you’ve ever backed up your iPhone 11/12 using iTunes or desktop-based software like AnyTrans, you’ll get another chance to retrieve your deleted message conversations.

The way of restoring from iTunes backup on computer is similar to that of restoring from iCloud backup – before restoring, you are required to erase all your content and data on your iPhone. If you decide to restore from iTunes, you can follow this article: how to recover your deleted text messages from iTunes backup.

Further Reading: How to Recover Deleted Telegram Messages >

The Bottom Line

In a nut, your deleted text messages, iMessage, and message attachments are recoverable no matter if you have backed up your iPhone 11/12 before. And the data recovery success rate is based on whether you have iPhone backup, and what method you are using.

Anyway, PhoneRescue is the most effective method since it is capable of extracting specific data types from iOS backup without restoring all data, and recovering directly from iOS devices without backup. Download PhoneRescue to have a try. If you get any troubles on how to recover data from iPhone 11/12, or get any questions when using PhoneRescue, be free to let us know by commenting.

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