How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Have you ever deleted your iPhone text messages by mistake? If you have made iTunes backup before, there is still a way to get them back. Follow the post to learn how to recover deleted messages from iTunes backup.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Nov. 23, 2017, Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2018
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The text messages of the iPhone are the significant part of our life, which may include the sweet memories with our friends or the important info of the working schedule. It happens that the text messages can get lost for many reasons such as mistaken deletion, device damage, or new iOS upgrade. iTunes makes it easy to backup your iPhone data includes your text messages. So, once you lost your text messages in some dreadful day, you can retrieve them from iTunes backup.

However, Apple won’t let you retrieve ONLY messages from iTunes backup, instead, you have to perform a whole restore that means the existing texts, contacts, notes and more will be replaced. How to retrieve just messages from iTunes backup without wiping data?

One professional iOS & Android data recovery tool named PhoneRescue is all you need. PhoneRescue for iOS is also an iTunes/iCloud backup extractor that helps recover deleted text messages as well as message attachments.

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PhoneRescue for iOS does a great job on retrieving your deleted text messages on your iPhone. Have a try on PhoneRescue for iOS after reading this post on how to retrieve deleted text messages from iTunes backup.

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How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1Download PhoneRescue (choose Download for iOS) and install it on your computer > Open it.

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Step 2Connect your device to computer > Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click on Right Arrow button to continue.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3Select one backup that contains messages you want to get back, click the arrow button again. Please click Compare if you want to get only the differences between your iPhone and the backup. You can also click Only Scan Backup if you just want to access all data in iTunes backup.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Step 4Select Messages and uncheck other boxes, click OK.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 4

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 4

For encrypted iTunes backup, you need to enter the backup password to allow PhoneRescue for iOS to scan the backup data. If your forgot it, you need to recover iPhone backup password at first.

Step 5After scanning, click the message data you want to recover, then click the To Device tab to recover lost messages directly to iPhone, you can also choose to restore data to computer.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 5

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 5

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If you didn’t backup your iPhone text messages before you delete them, you can also retrieve them with PhoneRescue for iOS by following this guide: How to Retrieve MMS/SSM/iMessages/WhatsApp Messages on iPhone >

The Bottom Line

PhoneRescue manages to retrieve your deleted text messages no matter you have a backup or not. Any question or comment about this article or PhoneRescue for iOS is welcomed. Meanwhile, don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

Joy Taylor

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