Get 5 methods to recover all deleted text messages on your iPhone, no matter whether you have iPhone backup or not. ( Compatible with all iOS versions, include iOS 12. And apples to all iPhone )
As one of your frequently used iPhone apps, the Message app may contain some important text messages and iMessages that you would like to keep forever. But during cleaning the storage of your iPhone, you mistakenly deleted the messages. Or you accidentally lost all message conversations after iOS update, iPhone restore or device jailbreak.
So you are wondering whether you can get back the deleted items and how to recover deleted text messages in a quick way?
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In fact, the recovery method could be vary from the situation where you lost the messages. And below we give you 5 methods to retrieve them. And if you didn’t backup your iPhone messages to iTunes or iCloud, you can try the first method. If you have backed up before, you can select the method as you like from the rest.
Actually, even if you have no iPhone backup, you still be able to get back deleted text messages and iMessages. Since the iPhone messages that you recently deleted will be hidden from the screen and technically marked with “deleted” labels by system. They will not be immediately erased from your iPhone storage until space is needed for the new data that you created.
If you didn’t backup your iPhone to iTunes, you’d better stop using your iPhone to prevent new data from overwriting the messages marked with “Deleted” label. And you should take a quick action to use some professional iPhone data recovery apps to analyze your iPhone to find the marked texts and recover them.
Normally it’s easy to recover messages using these apps. And below we give you the details on how to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone using PhoneRescue for iOS, one of top data recovery apps, and got 5 millions downloads.
How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup – Step 2
How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup – Step 3
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with Backup – Step 4
Except recovering deleted text messages and getting them back to your iPhone, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports exporting the deleted iPhone messages to computer for backup by clicking To Computer button, and save them as printable document like HTML and TEXT format.
(This method is compatible with the iOS from iOS 5 to iOS 12, and supports all popular iPhone generation, including the new iPhone XS and iPhone XR. )
If you’ve ever used iTunes to backup your iPhone to computer, your iPhone backups may contain the text messages or iMessages that you deleted. But device restore is dangerous since it will erase the current data on your iPhone and the backup may have no messages that you want, so here you may need one iPhone backup extractor to preview the contents on iTunes backup, and extract only the deleted items back to your device.
To preview contents on iPhone and restore only the deleted messages, PhoneRescue for iOS may be the best one that you need. since it can automatically compare the data between iPhone and it’s backup to accurately find what you’ve lost.
Besides, if your iPhone was lost or stolen, this app could also be helpful for you to preview the messages on your backup, and even save them as printable documents like HTML.
How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iTunes – Step 2
How to Retrieve Text Messages from iTunes Backup to iPhone – Step 3
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone from iTunes Backup – Step 4
How to Extract Deleted Messages from iTunes Backup – Step 5
If you’ve ever backed up your iPhone to iCloud, your iPhone messages may be stored on iCloud server. To avoid another auto backup or auto sync from your iPhone to erase the messages on the iCloud, you should immediately turn off WiFi or Cellular on your iPhone, and take action to find your deleted text messages using iCloud data extracting tools.
As top 1 iPhone data recovery, PhoneRescue for iOS also enables you to restore valuables from iCloud backup -download iCloud backup files to computer, preview all deleted iPhone messages and recover specific items to your iPhone.
Surely, if your iPhone is not available, you can also retrieve your lost items from iCloud to computer as long as you own the Apple ID and password. Now follow us to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone from iCloud backup. (The process is similar to method 2 – recover messages from iTunes backup)
If you are sure that the iTunes backup contains the messages that you’ve lost or deleted, this could be another way to retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone, that you can erase the contents on your iPhone and then put all data from the backup to your device. Not only the messages, but also the photos, contacts and everything will be restored from the iPhone backup to your device.
If you are not sure whether the iTunes backup contains the deleted SMS or iMessages, you can use some top best iPhone backup viewers to have a look at the content in the backup files. For details on how to recover only messages instead of all things from iCloud, you can jump to method 2.
Please turn off Find My iPhone before restore.
Similar to iTunes restore, this method will also erase your device, and then put all things from the iCloud backup to your iPhone. If you are sure there are deleted messages stored in the backup, you can now follow us to restore iPhone from iCloud here.
If you are not sure, you are suggested to use iPhone backup extractor to view and extract messages in the backup by following our method 3. Now let’s know how to do a restore from iPhone to retrieve messages. And before you get started, you’d better write down you Apple ID and passcode for future use.
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.
Step 3: Select the contacts with messages you want to backup > Click To Computer button to back up iPhone messages to computer.
Step 4: View the backed up iPhone messages and attachments on computer.
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:
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