How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone XS/XS Max

Deleted some important text messages from your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max and eager to retrieve them? This post shares you 5 methods to recover deleted text messages from iPhone XS, no matter you have a backup or not. Let’s check.

By iMobie | Posted on: Oct. 20, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 22, 2018
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Help!!! Is there any way I can retrieve text messages on my iPhone XS Max? I deleted texts from my Grandma when I clean up junk messages. What’s worse, I didn’t back up my new iPhone before. Can I get these texts back? Thanks a lot.

A user emailed us for help, saying that he had lost important text messages from his Grandma and want to retrieve deleted messages. It has to be said that data loss occasionally happens in daily life, messages, photos, notes and other common data are easily lost or deleted. The wrong deletion, upgrade failure, restore error, and more unknown reasons may render this disaster, and even iPhone XS deleted messages by itself sometimes.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS/XS Max

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS/XS Max

When data loss occurs, the most important thing is to stop using your iPhone and recover your lost messages as soon as possible, especially when you have no available backup. Well, if you, fortunately, made a backup before, you can recover deleted text messages on iPhone XS from the backup you’ve made. Now, let’s see how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone X with the 5 simple ways. You can opt one according to your situation.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS Directly [Without Backup]

Why we talk about recovering deleted text messages from iPhone XS without any backup at first? Because this is the worst case, lost messages from your iPhone XS and have no iTunes or iCloud backup to restore. In this case, you need the aid of some best iPhone data recovery tools to help you recover lost messages. Since deleted messages are still on your iPhone XS but became invisible, and waiting to be replaced by new data. So, as long as you can find them, they can be recoverable. However, finding out and recovering these invisible messages requires professional technology, that’s why you need a recovery tool.

Among multiple choices in the market, we recommend you an award-winning iPhone data recovery – PhoneRescue for iOS, which has helped millions of iOS users successfully retrieve their lost data in the past 3 years. Now, it’s got ready to help you get your lost iPhone XS messages. Before starting, let’s see what benefits it will bring to you:

Now, let’s see how to recover deleted text messages from your iPhone XS/XS Max directly. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer prior, then follow the steps below.

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Step 1 Launch PhoneRescue and connect your iPhone XS to the computer with its USB cable > Select Recover from iOS Device > Click the Right Arrow button.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup - Step 1

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Only tick Messages and click on OK.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup - Step 2

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup – Step 2

Step 3 After scanning, all the deleted and existing messages will be listed, you can use the filter List Only Deleted Files to get only your deleted messages. Preview and select what you want and click the Recover button at the right bottom.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup - Step 3

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone XS without Backup – Step 3

PhoneRescue enables you to save the deleted messages to the computer as printable files, and supports directly recovering the deleted messages to iPhone XS Messages app.

Method 2. Retrieve Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup by Restoring Whole Backup [FREE]

You can use the way offered by Apple to restore deleted text messages from the iTunes backup. But notice that this method will erase all the contents and settings on your iPhone XS. Simply to say, settings will be reset to factory settings, all the existing data will be replaced by the backup data.

If you don’t care setting changes and existing data, you can follow steps below to restore deleted texts from iTunes backup to your iPhone XS.

Step 1 Install the latest iTunes version on your computer and open it.

Step 2 Connect your iPhone XS to the computer.

Step 3 Click the iPhone XS icon on the iTunes interface to access your iPhone manage interface.

Step 4 On the device Summary page, choose Restore Backups…

Step 5 Select your iPhone XS backup by Data and Size, then confirm Restore.

Retrieve Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup

Retrieve Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup

Method 3. Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup

However, generally, most users don’t want to change the settings, let alone lose existing data. So, to here we introduce you an alternative restoring method to restore messages from iTunes backup – using PhoneRescue for iOS, which can help you only restore wanted messages from iTunes backup, as well keep all the settings and current data.

Step 1 Also download and launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone XS to the computer and select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click Right arrow button to continue.

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup - Step 2

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Select one backup that contains the messages you want to recover > Click the arrow button again > Select Messages and uncheck other boxes, click OK.

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup - Step 3

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup – Step 3

 

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

Step 4 Preview and choose the message data you want to recover, then click the Recover button to recover lost messages directly to iPhone XS or to your computer for other uses.

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup - Step 4

Retrieve Wanted Deleted Texts on iPhone XS from iTunes Backup – Step 4

Method 4. Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone XS from iCloud Backup by Resetting iPhone

Restoring deleted text messages from iCloud backup will require you to resetting your iPhone, namely erase all Contents and settings. The same with restoring from iTunes backup. So, if you don’t want to change settings and lose more data, you can go to Method 5 directly. Well, if you’ve done these preparation and ready to accept the changes and data loss, then follow the below steps to restore iPhone XS deleted texts from iCloud.

Step 1 On your iPhone XS, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2 On the Apps & Data page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3 Login with your Apple ID and password to select backup to restore.

Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone XS from iCloud Backup by Resetting iPhone

Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone XS from iCloud Backup by Resetting iPhone

Method 5. Recover Wanted Deleted Messages on iPhone XS from iCloud Backup without Resetting

This method applying for recovering wanted lost text messages from iCloud backup without resetting your iPhone XS, here is a step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make it: Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS without Resetting >

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone XS/XS Max. As you can see, restoring from iTunes or iCloud is free but also needs to endure setting change and new data loss. Recovering with PhoneRescue is charged but easy to do and bring lots of benefits. Anyway, no matter which method you choose, hope you can get your deleted iPhone XS messages back soon. Last, do not forget to give a try on PhoneRescue.

iMobie

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