How to Fix: iPhone iPad Messages Missing/Disappeared after iOS 11.4 Update

Messages missing or disappeared after iOS 11.4 update? Totally lost messages after iOS 11.4 update? Read on this guide to get 3 reliable solutions to fix this iOS update error easily and get all lost messages back.

By Bella Miller | Posted: Jun. 01, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 07, 2018
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iOS 11.4 is available now, and it delivers some overdue features promised at WWDC last year: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and stereo pairing for the HomePod. iOS 11.4 update also includes several bug fixes and improvements.

However, just like previous iOS version update, iOS 11.4 update has some problems, and messages missing after iOS 11.4 update is one of the most common one. Then how to fix this iOS update error? Don’t worry. In this guide, we collect 3 reliable yet efficient solutions to help you fix the error and recover lost messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 update without effort.

How to Fix: iPhone iPad Messages Missing/disappeared after iOS 11.4 Update

Solution 1. Recover Lost Messages after iOS 11.4 Update without Backup

Since restoring from iTunes and iCloud backup has so many limitations: must have backup before, the backup must contain the missing messages, can’t recover only messages, etc. lots of iOS users are prefer to try the #1 iTunes and iCloud alternative – PhoneRescue for iOS to do iPhone/iPad messages recovery. Not only does this tool have no data erasing needs, but it allows viewing the iTunes or iCloud backup details before recovering so that you can locate the right backup.

PhoneRescue for iOS provides you with 3 different recovery modes to ensure the highest success rate: from iPhone/iPad directly (without any backup), from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup. No matter you have backup or not, it helps you get lost messages back safely. With it, you can restore messages type only. Moreover, you can preview the messages and select the messages you wanted most to recover, not a blind full restore.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your Mac/PC computer > Run it.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click on Right Arrow to proceed.

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 2

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 2

Step 3 Uncheck Select All button, and then check Messages category > Click on OK button to scan the lost messages on your iPhone.

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 3

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the lost messages or messages attachments > Click To Device button to recover the messages to your iPhone’s Messages app directly, or click To Computer button to extract them to your computer.

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 4

How to Recover Lost Messages on iPhone/iPad after iOS 11.4 Update – Step 4

If you do have made an iTunes or iCloud backup, but don’t want to make a full restore, just refer to the guides below to recover lost messages without data loss:
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Solution 2. How to Recover Lost Messages after iOS 11.4 Update with iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your device with iTunes before updating to iOS 11.4, then you can choose to restore your iPhone/iPad from iTunes backup directly. But it is worth reminding that it will be a full restore, you can’t restore only messages. In addition, restoring from iTunes requires you to erase all data on your device, and those erased files can’t be recovered anymore.

Step 1 Launch iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer with USB cable > Click the device button when it appears in iTunes.

Step 2 Click Restore Backup option > Select the right backup and click Restore.

Solution 3. How to Recover Lost Messages after iOS 11.4 Update with iCloud Backup

Just like restoring from iTunes, restoring from iCloud backup will also erase all existing data and settings on your iPhone/iPad. And you can’t recover only messages categories. Since you can’t check the iCloud backup details, you have to 100% sure that the iCloud backup do include the messages you lost after iOS 11.4 update. Otherwise, you will lose all other files on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 1 Go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad > General > Reset > Choose Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2 Tap Restore from iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data screen > Sign in to iCloud > Select the iCloud backup contains the lost messages and follow the steps to restore your iPhone/iPad.

The Bottom Line

With above 3 solutions, you may have recovered lost messages on iPhone/iPad successfully. Actually, besides messages, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports recovering photos, contacts, notes, ringtones and other up to 31 iOS file types from iPhone/iPad/iPod. Just give PhoneRescue for iOS a try for free now.

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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