How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with/without Backups

How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone X/8(Plus)? This guide will show you two simple method of recovering deleted text messages on iPhone X/8.

By iMobie | Posted on: Nov. 05, 2018, Last Updated: Jul. 03, 2019

To clean privacy data or free up iPhone space, most users have developed a habit of clearing useless messages. But sometimes, you may mistakenly lose the important messages by accident while deleting, and you may get frustrated and urgently search methods to retrieve the deleted text message back.

But, what exact methods we can apply to recover deleted text messages on iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Well, the answer will vary from the current situation where you are. And in the following, we will give you the details. Check then now.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X

Method 1. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X If You Have iTunes Backup

If you have made backups for your iPhone 8/X by iTunes and these backups contain the messages you want to recover, then you get them back from backups with iTunes backup restoring way. However, before we show the detailed steps about this method, you need to know that iTunes won’t allow you to selectively recover text messages but the whole backup file, and will erase all your current data on your iPhone 8/X. So before taking this method, you should really think twice about the data safety.

Step 1. Launch the iTunes application on your computer and plug in your iPhone 8 or X to your computer. Click on your iPhone in the app and then hit the button that says Restore Backup.

Step 2. Choose your backup from the drop-down menu and click on Restore to begin restoring it on your iPhone. The process would last for a while, base on the amount of the backup file. Once the backup is restored, you will have all of your messages recovered on your iPhone, and all other data backed up before. You can check it out for yourself by launching the Messages app and finding the messages that you had lost.

However, we sincerely do not recommend you this way, considering the shortcomings of the iTunes backup restoring, mentioned above. But we recommend you use third-party software – PhoneRescue for iOS, which can help you do this job, too, and at the same time allow you selectively extract only messages from iTunes backup to your device without data erasing and loss.

Step 1. Download and run PhoneRescue on your computer. If you want to recover deleted text messages to your iPhone 8/X directly, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer in advance. Then, select Recover from iTunes Backup. If you’ve backed up messages to iCloud, then you can select Recover from iCloud.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup - Step 1

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup – Step 1

Step 2. Select the backup contains the deleted messages, a pop-up window will let you decide only scan backup or make a data comparison, and you can make a decision according to your condition. Then just tick Messages and click on OK to scan messages in the backup.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup - Step 2

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup – Step 2

Step 3. You can select the Only list deleted option to see the deleted items, choose the text messages you want to recover, then click on the recover button to start recovering selected messages to iPhone or computer.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup - Step 3

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X with Backup – Step 3

Method 2. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X If You Have iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone 8/X to iCloud, there is also an iCloud backup restoring way available to you find missed text messages. Still, it has similar shortcomings to iTunes backup restoring. It will not allow users to preview what is inside the backup. You cannot restore only messages to iPhone but the whole iCloud backup file. Before restoring, you need to erase all existed data on the device first.

Step 1. If your device has already been set up, erase it by going to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 2. Set up your erased device and tap on Restore from iCloud Backup when you reach the apps & data screen > Choose the backup to restore > Follow the on-screen instructions and you will have restored your device to the iCloud backup. Open the Messages app to find your lost messages.

Still, if you are afraid of missing some other data, you can also use PhoneRescue to do this job. And you may notice this feature of PhoneRescue in the iTunes backup restoring part. Just choose the Recover from iCloud on its home screen after you connect your device to the application.

Method 3. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X If You Have No Backup

If you haven’t backup iPhone 8/X to iTunes or iCloud and want to get back deleted text messages, well, this method can help you out. In fact, after you remove a message from iPhone 8/X, the message doesn’t actually get deleted forever. The deleted messages are technically marked for deletion by the system and hidden so that they become invisible. That is mean the deleted messages still stay somewhere on your iPhone 8/X and you can retrieve them as long as you find those marked and hidden messages files. But, to find them, you need some top iPhone data recovery software. Meanwhile, there is also a prerequisite that is “the deleted messages are not being overwritten”; otherwise, none of the tools can help you find them, let alone recover them.

As one of top iPhone data recovery, PhoneRescue for iOS is an easy-to-use data recovery software to retrieve 24 + types of iOS data and files, like photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, notes, app data, etc. With this tool, you can find out all the marked and hidden messages on your iPhone. In addition, it also allows you to preview the deleted messages before recovering them, enables you to use “To Device” button to get deleted messages back to your iPhone 8/X even if you have no backup. But this is a paid function and you need to update to Pro Version. PhoneRescue for iOS has the highest data recovery success rate, if you failed to retrieve what you want within 60 days of purchase, you’ll get the 100% risk-free unconditional full refund.

Now, Download PhoneRescue (choose Download for iOS) on your PC or Mac, and then follow steps below to retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone 8/X:

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Step 1 Open it and connect your iPhone 8/X with the USB cable. Select Recover from iOS Device.

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X - Step 1

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X – Step 1

Step 2 All categories will be selected by default. Please uncheck Select All option and only tick Messages, then click on OK to scan this type of data on your iPhone 8/X.

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X - Step 2

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select the text messages you want to recover, then click on the To Device button to put selected messages back to your iPhone directly. Also, you can choose to export Messages to computer as TXT for printing.

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X - Step 3

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 8/X – Step 3

The Bottom Line

Just as shown above, PhoneRescue for iOS could be your best choice to get lost data back. Besides, if you lost any data after iOS update, you can also use it to find and recover lost data as soon as possible. Hope this article is helpful for you. If you meet any problem about how to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone 8/X, welcome to leave your comments or email us. Now, download PhoneRescue for iOS to have a try. And to protect your iPhone 8/X messages from missing again, the best way is to back up the device regularly. Here is a practical guide that you can refer to – How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone X/iPhone 8 (Plus) >

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