How to Recover Old iMessages Successfully

A super easy way is offered in the guide to help you recover old iMessages on iPhone/iPad. Now follow the instructions to know how to find and retrieve old iMessages successfully.

By iMobie | Posted on: Nov. 08, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 13, 2019

Actually, the very old iMessages are almost overwritten by new data onto your iPhone/iPad. In this case, iTunes or iCloud backup might be helpful as long as the old iMessages that you want to retrieve are included in a usable backup. But usually, it’s tricky because both the iTunes and iCloud backup are hard to accessible and unreadable.

iMobie PhoneRescue has noticed the limitations. Thus here comes the PhoneRescue for iOS with the ability to access iTunes and iCloud backup, and then help you find and recover old iMessages from backup successfully.

Top Features of PhoneRescue for iOS

PhoneRescue for iOS is specially developed to help iPhone iPad users to recover various lost files, including iMessages, text messages, photos, videos, contacts, notes and more.

  1. Enable you to access your iTunes and iCloud backup with the promise of the 100% safety of your account information.
  2. Allow you to have a preview of the backup content and then you can select the desired iMessages to extract, no restore of your iPhone/iPad will be required.
  3. The old iMessages can be recovered directly to your iPhone/iPad, or to your computer as an extra local backup.
  4. Fully compatible with iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7/6s/6/SE, and iOS 12/11/10/9/8/7/6.

How to Recover Old iMessages from iTunes/iCloud Backup

Before the detailed instructions, go to download page of PhoneRescue to get the PhoneRescue for iOS installed to Mac or PC computer. And then follow the example of retrieving old iMessages from your iTunes backup.

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Step 1 Launch PhoneRescue for iOS, click “Recover from iTunes Backup” option, and hit the right arrow to continue.

How to Find Old iMessages

How to Find Old iMessages

Step 2 Select the iTunes backup with messages you want to retrieve > Click right arrow to scan the selected backup. After scanning, Uncheck “Select All” option, select only “Messages” and hit the “OK” button in blue.

How to Retrieve Old iMessages

How to Retrieve Old iMessages

Step 3 Preview and find the old iMessages you’d like to retrieve. Click “To Computer” to get them back to the computer, or “To Device” to recover them directly to your iPhone/iPad Messages app.

How to Recover Old iMessages

How to Recover Old iMessages

If your old iMessages are contained in an available iCloud backup, the post explaining how to recover old iMessages from iCloud backup can help. Go and have a check.

The Bottom Line

In addition, to help you recover files from iTunes or iCloud backup, PhoneRescue for iOS also enables you to retrieve lost or deleted data directly from any iOS device within steps. Get PhoneRescue for iOS to explore more >


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