iPhone Old Text Messages Disappeared? Get Them Back Here

iPhone old text messages disappear? Don’t worry. Here we will show you how to get the disappeared old text messages back in minutes.

By Bella Miller | Posted: Jan. 29, 2018, Last Updated: Jan. 29, 2018
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“I updated my iPhone 7 to iOS 11.1.2 yesterday. But I just found that some old text messages disappeared from my iPhone, and also lost some attachments pictures. I’ve tried talking to a technician and I was able to get no resolution. Is there any solution to get my old messages back?”

iPhone Old Text Messages Disappear

iPhone Old Text Messages Disappear

Above user’s experience is not an uncommon occurrence. Plenty of iOS users have encountered the same situation that iPhone old text messages disappeared after iOS update. Actually, besides iOS update error, there’re many other reasons can also lead to old text messages disappeared from device, such as accidental deletion, water damage, device crash, jailbreak, etc.

No matter what the reasons, all you want is to get those disappeared old text messages back soon, right? Don’t worry. In the following, we will show you 4 reliable solutions to help you recover disappeared old text messages successfully & quickly.

Don’t do any operation on your iPhone once you found the old messages disappeared, even installing app. Otherwise, the disappeared old messages will be overwritten by new generated data and disappear eternally.

iPhone Old Text Messages Disappeared? Learn How to Get Them Back Here

Method 1. Restart Your iPhone

iPhone 8 or earlier iDevices: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the slider appears > Drag the slider to turn off iPhone completely > Wait for a while, press and hold the Side (or Top) button again until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone X: Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the slider appears > Drag the slider to turn your iPhone X off > Wait for a while, press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Method 2. Check Keep Messages

This simple tip works perfectly for lots of users to solve the old text messages disappeared error on iPhone.
Open Settings app > Messages > Keep Messages > Three options for you: 30 Days, 1 Year or Forever. If you prefer to manage the messages by yourself, just choose Forever to prevent the messages deleted by the system from iPhone.

Method 3. Restore from iTunes/iCloud Backup

If you have made an iTunes or iCloud backup of your iPhone before losing the old text messages, and ensure the backup contains the disappeared texts, then you can choose to restore from backup directly. However, it is worth mentioning that it will erase all existing data on your iPhone and be replaced by the backup files. If you have no available backup or don’t want to lose any previous data while retrieving old messages, move to the next method to make it.

Method 4. Recover via PhoneRescue for iOS

To keep all data safe while recovering, and to get your disappeared old messages back in the highest success rate as well as fastest speed, simply taking assistant of the #1 iOS data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS. It has helped millions of iOS users get back their deleted or disappeared messages and highly recommended by those users for messages recovery. Now, let’s check what it can do for you.

  1. Help you find all disappeared or lost old messages and get them back to the Messages app on iPhone directly, just like they were never got disappeared.
  2. Allow you to preview and select the disappeared old text messages before getting back, which makes it possible for you to choose the old messages you prefer most.
  3. Offer you 3 recovery modes to ensure the highest success rate: from iPhone directly (even without backup), from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup. Unlike traditional backup recovery way, all your data will be kept safe during the process.
  4. Besides text messages, it can also help you get back deleted or lost photos, contacts, notes, songs, videos as well as other up to 31 iOS file types.

Step 1 Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your Mac/PC > Run it > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

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Step 2 Choose one mode you prefer and click Right Arrow on the bottom right. Here we take Recover from iOS Device mode for an example.

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 2

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 2

Step 3 Uncheck Select All button, and then check Messages only > Click on OK button to continue. By default, all supported categories will be checked.

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 3

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the messages you want > Click To Device button to get them back to iPhone’s Messages app directly, or To Computer to export them to your Mac/PC computer for a backup.

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 4

How to Get Back Disappeared old Messages from iPhone – Step 4

If you do have made an backup, but not sure whether the backup contains the disappeared old messages or not, or only want to recover messages from backup without full restoring, the two guides below may be helpful for you:
Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup >
Recover Deleted Text Messages from iCloud Backup >

The Bottom Line

With above 4 methods, you may have got back disappeared old messages on iPhone successfully. If you have any other trouble while retrieving old messages, feel free to leave your comment below and we will reply you soon. And lastly, give PhoneRescue for iOS a try now in case you will have further recovery needs.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.

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