How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with/without Backup [3 Methods]

Summary

This article tells how to easily recover deleted text messages on iPhone with or without backup, by offering both texts and video tutorials. It also applies for recovering texts, iMessages, Kik/Whatsapp messages.

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July 10, 2018

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PhoneRescue® for iOS – Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 6s/7/8/X

PhoneRescue® for iOS – iPhone Messages Recovery

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How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages

The Message app may be one of your most frequently used Apps to send and receive texts, picture, audio and emojis. Almost all of you have some important messages, such as password texts, valuable chat history, attached images, audio or videos that you would like to keep for reusing on iPhone.

But you may accidentally lose or mistakenly delete the iPhone messages after iOS update, device restore or jailbreak. So if you lost SMS, iMessages or the attached images, is it possbile to get them back?

Related Reading: How to Easily Recover Texts on Android Phone

Is It Possible to Retrieve Deleted Messages on An iPhone?

Actually, when you delete or remove messages from iPhone, the “deleted” messages are not really deleted. They are just technically marked with deletion by the system and hidden in iPhone, so they are invisible to us. Therefore, as long as you find those hidden messages files, remove the “Deletion” mark, and make the invisible messages to visible, you can bring back deleted messages to iPhone.

How to Find Deleted Texts and iMessages on iPhone?

It's hard to find those marked and hidden messages files, and retrieve invisible messages on iPhone. And for non-computer professional, it is almost impossible to find those deleted marks, and remove them, unless getting help from some professional iPhone messages recovery app like PhoneRescue iPhone Data Recovery.

As the top 1 of best iPhone data recovery apps in 2018, PhoneRescue is able to recover up to 25 types of data on iPhone. For messages recovery, it is capable of directly scanning your iPhone to get the hidden texts that you've deleted, or searching your backup files to pick out those conversations that don't appear on your iPhone. Below we listed some of its nice features.

  1. Maximum probability of recovering deleted iPhone messages – It can get back the deleted messages even without backup as long as they have not been overwritten.
  2. Recover all kinds of message types – Include texts, iMessage, WhatsApp messages, SMS messages, kik chat history, and messages attachments, etc.
  3. Preview deleted texts and recover only selected messages – You can preview all recoverable message titles and select what you want to recover.
  4. Recover messages to iPhone’s Message App or to computer – You can retrieve them directly to your Message app, or save them as printable formats like PDF, TXT, and html.
  5. 100% Safe, without Erasing Contents on iPhone – Unlike iTunes or iCloud restore, this app won't erase contents and settings, and you can restore only your selected messages instead of replacing all iPhone contents with the backup contents.
  6. 60 Days Money Back Guarantee & Lifetime Free Upgrade – If PhoneRescue for iOS fails to retrieve what you want, you can ask for refund anytime.

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To help you quickly know how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone step by step. We made detailed tutorials below. And after you download PhoneRescue for iOS, then you can follow these text or video tutorials to start your recovering journey. (These tutorials applies for all iPhone models, including iPhone 8/X, iPhone 6/6s/7/5/5s/4s/4.)

1. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup (If You Have No Backup)
2. Recover Deleted iPhone Texts from iTunes Backup (If You Have an iTunes Backup)
3. Find Deleted iPhone Messages from iCloud Backup (If You Have an iCloud Backup)
4. Back Up iPhone Messages in Case of Any Potential Data Loss

Part 1: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup

According to the feedbacks from our users, we found most of people didn't backup their message before. So we put this tutorial as the Part 1 for people to get back their deleted texts directly from iPhone. Now let's get started with the videos tutorial and then the text guide.

Step 1: Get PhoneRescue for iOS software on your computer (PC or Mac) > Run it > Connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable.

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Step 2: On Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS: select Recover from iOS device > Click right arrow to scan your iPhone.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup - Step 2

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup – Step 2

Step 3: By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck Select All option and then choose Messages. Click Ok to confirm.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup - Step 3

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup – Step 3

Step 4: Select Messages and Message Attachments > Select the contact with messages you want to retrieve > Preview the deleted messages and attachments > Select the items you want to recover > Click To Device button to get them back to your iPhone again.

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with PhoneRescue - Step 4

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 4

Except recovering deleted text messages and getting them back to your iPhone, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports exporting deleted or all existing messages from iPhone to computer for backup by clicking To Computer button. What’s more you can choose to save them in HTML or TEXT format.

Authoritative Media Reviews about PhoneRescue:

Computer World

PhoneRescue could be a very useful tool for any iOS device user, if you’re looking for a data recovery tool for your device, this may be worth a look.

– Jonny Evans

BGR

PhoneRescue could be useful whenever you accidentally delete data on the iPhone or other iOS devices, especially photos, which appears to be a problem for iOS users.

– Chris Smith

DiGital Guide

PhoneRescue has all the features which makes it the perfect data recovering solution for your iPhone.

– Saurabh Saha

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Texts on iPhone with iTunes Backup

If you have made an iTunes backup before losing messages from your iPhone, and this backup contains the messages or attachments you want to retrieve, you can get back deleted iPhone messages by extracting from iTunes backup. Or if you are unlucky to get your iPhone broken, lost or stolen, you also can restore deleted iPhone texts with this way. Now follow us to extract text messages from iTunes backup without restoring iDevice, even if your device doesn’t work any more. Let’s move on with the detailed steps!

Step 1: Get PhoneRescue for iOS software for your PC or Mac > Run it.

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Step 2: On Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS: select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click right arrow to scan your computer for listing all the iTunes backups.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 2

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 2

Step 3: Select the iTunes backup with messages you want to retrieve > Click right arrow to scan the selected backup.

Extract Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 3

Extract Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 3

Step 4: By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck Select All option and then choose Messages. Click OK to confirm.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 4

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 4

Step 5: Select Messages and Message Attachments > Select the contacts with messages you want to retrieve > Preview the deleted text messages > Select the items you want to recover > Click To Computer button to get them back to computer, or To Device button to recover them directly to your iPhone’s Messages app.

Extract Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 5

Extract Text Messages from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 5

Part 3: How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone from iCloud Backup

There is also such situation, where you have not backed up your iPhone to iTunes at all, or the iTunes backup doesn’t contains the messages you want to retrieve, but luckily iCloud contains the deleted text messages you want. Normally you can get back the deleted messages by restoring your iPhone with the whole iCloud backup.

But during this process it requires resetting device firstly, and all the existed data on iPhone will be erased and replaced by the backup files, this means the some important data that is not included in iCloud will be deleted and unrecoverable, and you also can’t decide and select what to restore or not.

However, with PhoneRescue for iOS, you don’t have such annoy at all. PhoneRescue for iOS enables you to scan iCloud backup files and preview all the deleted iPhone messages without restoring devices, this makes you can easily find the right iCloud backup, and recover only messages you want. Now follow us to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone from iCloud backup.

Step 1. Get PhoneRescue for iOS on your PC/Mac > Open it.

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Step 2. On its homepage select Recover from iCloud > Click on right arrow to continue.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud - Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud – Step 2

Step 3. It will require you to sign in your iCloud account.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud - Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud – Step 3

Step 4. Select iCloud Backup.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud - Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud – Step 4

Step 5. Choose the iCloud backup file which contains delete text messages > Click Download > Then it would pop up a screen for you to choose what kind of data type you would like to recover, so check Messages > Click OK button to continue.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud - Step 5

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud – Step 5

Step 6. Then it would start downloading those files > After downloading, click right arrow > All text messages would be displayed > Choose the items you plan to recover > Click on To Computer button to download them to computer or To iDevice button to get them to your iPhone.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud - Step 6

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud – Step 6

Part 4: Backup iPhone Messages Regularly In Case of Data Loss Again

All the data recovery software is based on the premise that the deleted data or files are not overwritten, so if you have not found the deleted text messages on your iPhone 8/X/7/6s/6/5s/5, after trying the three methods above, then it means the deleted text messages are completely overwritten by other new data. Not only PhoneRescue for iOS, but also other iPhone data recovery software can’t get them back.

This makes backing up iPhone regularly much more necessary. Although you can back up iPhone by making an iTunes or iCloud backup, not all the people remember to back up iPhone regularly, and you also can’t back up only messages. Next, we will recommend you an iOS data management tool – AnyTrans, which can help you back up only iPhone text messages, and backup up your iPhone automatically and regularly.

Method 1: Back Up Only iPhone Text Messages to PC/Mac Computer

AnyTrans allows you to transfer text messages from iPhone to PC or Mac computer for backup, even in HTML, PDF or TEXT format. To backup iPhone messages, you just need to perform the following steps:

Step 1: Download AnyTrans on your computer > Run and install it > Click Device Tab on homepage of AnyTrans > Click  button to manage iPhone content by category > Select Messages option.
Step 2: Click Settings button > Select the format you want to export, like HTML, TEXT or PDF.

Back Up Only iPhone Messages – Step 2

Back Up Only iPhone Messages – Step 2

Step 3: Select the contacts with messages you want to backup > Click To Computer button to back up iPhone messages to computer.

Back Up Only iPhone Messages – Step 3

Back Up Only iPhone Messages – Step 3

Step 4: View the backed up iPhone messages and attachments on computer.

View Backed Up iPhone Messages on Computer

View Backed Up iPhone Messages on Computer

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Method 2: Back Up iPhone Regularly Automatically

Except back up only messages from iPhone to computer, AnyTrans also allows you to back up your iPhone regularly and automatically. You just need to enable Air Backup on and set up the backup schedule, like Daily, 2 Days, 3 Days, Weekly, etc., every time you open your computer even if you don’t use AnyTrans, it still will back up your iPhone automatically. Just like the following screenshot shows:

Back Up iPhone Regularly Automatically

Back Up iPhone Regularly Automatically

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The Bottom Line

Moreover, PhoneRescue for iOS supports retrieving up more than 20 types of files. No matter deleted or lost photos, contacts, Safari history, videos, notes or message attachments you want to retrieve, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you make it with a few clicks. It has successfully saved over 5,700,000 iOS and Android users from data disaster, now it has got ready to help you. Get PhoneRescue for iOS, which is 100% safe without virus for your PC or Mac:

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