Lost Messages after Updating to iOS 11.3? How to Recover with 5 Methods

Encountered messages missing after iOS 11.3 update but don’t know how to fix? Here are some fixes for you to recover lost data in iOS 11.3.

By Lydia Smith | Posted on: Mar. 15, 2018, Last Updated: Mar. 19, 2019
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Apple has released the iOS 11.3 to the public, which comes with many new features like ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health, new Animoji for iPhone X, etc. Also, every new iOS update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes, as well as brings lots of new issues, and data loss is one of them. iOS 11.3 is also out of exception. Some users reported their messages missing after 11.3 updates, just like the Twitter content described below:

“Hey, I just updated my iPhone 6s to iOS 11.3. Everything went well, except that all my messages went missing. Oh well, that’s life. How can I get my messages back?”

“All my messages and iMessages are gone in iOS 11.3. It’s so sad. What’s worse, I have no backups. Is it possible for me to retrieve them?”

–Some Users from Twitter

If you also lost messages after updating to iOS 11.3 or downgrading from 11.3 to lower iOS, such as lost messages, iMessages, WhatsApp messages, contacts, call history, photos or some other data on your iOS device, you can follow methods below to have a try. In the following, we’ll talk about how to recover lost messages after iOS 11.3 update.

How to Recover Lost Messages after iOS 11.3 Update

Method 1. Check the network condition. In some cases, the messages may not really lose such as iMessages or WhatsApp messages, they may not be download to your iPhone timely. So, simply make sure the WiFi works well on your iPhone and there is a good network connection to download data from your account.

Method 2. Check iCloud sync. If you are using Messages in iCloud, check whether you turn on the Messages item on your iPhone or iPad.

Method 3. Reboot. Restart your device to refresh your whole Apple software system.

Method 4. Restore from Backup. If your messages are really gone and you do want to get them back, meanwhile, you have an iTunes or iCloud backup contains the messages you need, then you can restore missing messages from iTunes backup or from iCloud backup. Here are two detailed tutorials will show you how to make it:

How to Restore Lost Data from iTunes Backup >

How to Restore Lost Data from iCloud Backup >

Method 5. Retrieving with iPhone data recovery.

When encountering messages missing in iOS 11.3, the common method is restoring from the backup that contains the messages you want to recover. However, it’s not the perfect way because this method will replace the current data on your device. Moreover, what if you have no backups just like the user from Twitter, then how to get back the missing messages in iOS 11.3 as soon as possible?

The most reliable and efficient way is taking advantage of a professional yet safe iPhone data recovery tool. And here we recommend you an award-winning iPhone data recovery – PhoneRescue for iOS, which is powerful enough to recover deleted or lost messages even without the backup, as well as not wiping any data on your device. More than anything, it even enables you to preview and select the lost messages before recovering so that you can find and recover what you really need. It is definitely worth to have a try.

Recover Lost Messages from iPhone after iOS 11.3 Update – PhoneRescue for iOS

Recover Lost Messages from iPhone after iOS 11.3 Update – PhoneRescue for iOS

The Bottom Line

Considering that iTunes and iCloud may wipe out part of current contents and data from your iPhone, and the uncertainty that whether your desired messages is exactly included in the backup, you are highly recommended to try professional iPhone data recovery to selectively preview & recover lost message after iOS 11.3 update without losing data.

But there is one thing you should know that is iPhone data recovery software also can’t promise 100% recover your missing iPhone messages because all the data recovery is based on the same premise – the deleted data are not overwritten, once they are overwritten, no one can get them back. You may not sure whether they’re be overwritten or not, you can just download it to scan your iPhone to check. If you can find them, it means they are recoverable, and you can get them back. If you fail to find them, it means they are overwritten, and can’t be recovered anymore.

Lydia Smith

Member of iMobie team, an optimistic Apple user, willing to share solutions about iOS related problems.

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