iPhone Deleted All Messages? How to Get Back

iPhone deleted all messages? Don’t worry, this guide will tell you why all messages deleted on your iPhone and the method to get them back.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Nov. 13, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 29, 2018

Q: Today, I was unable to text anyone and I decided to turn off my phone for a while. Once I switched it on, my iPhone deleted all my texts. Why did my iPhone delete all my messages? What’s wrong with it, and is there any way to retrieve my lost messages? iPhone 7 with iOS 11.4.

– A User from Apple Support Community

As an iPhone or iPad user, you should know that you may lose all of your messages due to some reasons, such as iOS upgrade, accidental deletion, device failure etc. However, some users also say that they do nothing, but the messages deleted on their iPhone and why? Here in this guide, to help you remove the doubt, we will tell you why iPhone deleted all messages and also the method to get them back.

Why Did My iPhone Delete All My Messages

There are quite a few operations that can cause iPhone deleted all messages:

  1. iOS update. Many users find data lost after updating to new iOS version.
  2. Restore from a wrong backup. You may restore your iPhone from a wrong iTunes/iCloud backup.
  3. Synced with iTunes. Messages may disappear for the wrong operation during the sync.
  4. Incorrect settings. You may choose to keep messages in 30 days or 1 year instead of forever. You can go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages to have a check. If it is not Forever, it is the reason that iPhone deleted all messages.

Now you know why iPhone deleted messages, then how to get them back? In order to retrieve lost iPhone MMS, SMS or messages attachments, most of the iDevice users would like to restore their device with iTunes or iCloud.

However, it requires an available backup and it will erase your iPhone and the data on your device will be replaced by the data in the backup. In other words, you are getting back deleted messages at the cost of losing all the current data on your device. Worst of all, if you have no backup, normally, it means all of your deleted messages cannot be found back.

Luckily, in this guide, we will recommend you a professional iPhone data recovery tool to help you recover all deleted messages to your iPhone, no matter whether you have iPhone backup. Now let’s know the tool we’ll use to fix the problem of iPhone deleted all messages.

The Tool We Use to Fix iPhone Deleted All Messages Problem

PhoneRescue for iOS is one professional iPhone data recovery tool that offers 3 methods to recover deleted messages: on iPhone/iPad directly, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. Let you preview and selectively recover the needed messages instead of restoring your device.

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Want to recover deleted messages on iPhone? PhoneRescue for iOS can help you get back the deleted messages. Moreover, it can also help you recover up to 31 types of files on iPhone. Now you can download it to have a try.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Messages with PhoneRescue for iOS

Next, we will offer you 2 methods to get back all deleted messages with or without backup. If you don’t have any backup, you can refer to Method 1 to recover deleted messages directly from iPhone. If you have made a backup to iTunes or iCloud, then you can selectively restore messages from iTunes or iCloud with Method 2.

Method 1. How to Get Back Deleted iPhone Messages without Backup

Step 1 Download Free Trial PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Launch it > Connect your iPhone to the computer (PC or Mac) with its USB cable, select Recover from iOS Device and click the arrow button.

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Quick Fix "iPhone Deleted All Messages" – Step 1

Quick Fix “iPhone Deleted All Messages” – Step 1

Step 2Only select Messages and click on OK to let it scan this kind of data.

Quick Fix "iPhone Deleted All Messages" – Step 2

Quick Fix “iPhone Deleted All Messages” – Step 2

Step 3Preview and select the messages you want to recover and click the Recover button at the bottom right corner to put them back to your device or to your computer.

Quick Fix "iPhone Deleted All Messages" – Step 3

Quick Fix “iPhone Deleted All Messages” – Step 3

Method 2. How to Retrieve Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes & iCloud Backup

Here we take restore from iTunes for example, if you want to know how to restore messages from iCloud backup, please move to this guide. Now you can follow us to see how PhoneRescue for iOS help you get back all deleted messages.

Step 1Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer firstly. Install and run it. You can connect your iPhone if you want to recover deleted messages to your device. After that, click “Recover from iTunes Backup” and go to “Next”.

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Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 1

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 1

Step 2Select a backup and click the arrow button.

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3Select Messages, and click on OK to scan.

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 3

If you want to recover deleted messages to your iPhone directly, you should connect your iPhone in advance.

Step 4You can select any items to recover to your device or extract to your computer.

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 4

Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 4

If you stuck on the problem of ” all my messages got deleted on iPhone” or other similar situation, you can follow the methods above to get back the deleted iPhone messages. Not only the text messages, and the attachment is also included. This is limited to that your messages and attachment are not overwritten, or not PhoneRescue for iOS but any other recovery tool can help you get them back.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for “why did all my messages delete on my iPhone” and the methods to recover the deleted messages. Just like you see, it is not difficult to recover the messages on iPhone with the help of PhoneRescue for iOS. Except recovering messages, it also supports recover photos, videos, notes, reminders, call history, etc. Just give it a try now! And if you have any problem about PhoneRescue for iOS, or this post, please leave a comment in comment section below.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.