Get 6 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 12/13. 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 one iOS update, iPhone restores or device jailbreak; Or more similar situations where you have lost your precious iPhone messages.
So you must be wondering “How can I recover deleted text messages on my iPhone”? Well, the answer is YES in most occasions. But the exact deleted-message-getting-back method would vary from your detailed situation.
Situation 1. If you have a nice habit of backing up iPhone data, no matter to iCloud or to iTunes, then there is a chance to find your deleted iPhone messages there. Why I am saying “there is a chance”? Because Apple does not enable us to preview what exactly is stored in the backup file, and we cannot 100% make sure of whether the deleted messages have been backed up in the file. But worth for a trial.
Situation 2. If you have not backed up your iPhone before, is there one way to find the deleted text messages on iPhone? Technically, YES. The scientific principle, which is gonna use, is when some data is stored on the iPhone, it is written in the form of code and saved on the internal memory; while when the data is deleted, we cannot see it on the iPhone, but it is still in the internal storage unless some other new data take up its storage position, which is called data overwriting. And nowadays in the data recovery industry, developers have provided the practical solution to getting back deleted text messages on iPhone, as long as they have not been overwritten yet.
Situation 3. If there is no backup file and then deleted text messages have been overwritten, there is still the last chance and option you can try – asking help from your iPhone cellular provider or carrier, who may have stored your text messages on their servers.
And now, base on the possible situations where you may be stuck, we have collected 6 practical methods to help you get back deleted text messages on iPhone. And all methods support all iPhone models: iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s/SE, iPhone 6/6s (Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max).
Here’re the 7 methods to retrieve iPhone deleted messages:
When we apply the methods, can we just take anyone to start? can we just go directly with the backup method if we have iTunes or iCloud backup? There is one order that we can follow so that we can get back the deleted iPhone text messages with the highest probability. Basically, if you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud, we do not recommend you to directly restore your iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup, and here are the reasons;
The correct way should be first to check if we can find the deleted text messages on iPhone storage directly; If there is no trace of them, then we can turn to the backup method; And the backup file does not provide you what you want, the last option is to ask help from your cellular carrier. So please try the methods one by one in the following order.
When you lose the iPhone text messages, you’d better stop right away using your iPhone to prevent new data from overwriting the messages marked with the “Deleted” label. And you should take 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 the top data recovery apps, and got 5 million downloads. Here’s how:
Download PhoneRescue for iOS to your PC or Mac computer, install and run it.
Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable, choose Recover from iOS Device and click Right Arrow to continue.
Check Messages and click Okay to scan only the deleted messages on iPhone.
check the items that you want to recover, and click To Device buttons to retrieve them back to your iPhone or to your computer.
Except for recovering deleted text messages and getting them back to your iPhone, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports exporting the deleted iPhone messages to computers for backup by clicking To Computer button, and save them as a printable document like HTML and TEXT format.
This method is compatible with the iOS from iOS 5 to iOS 12/13 and supports all popular iPhone generation, including the newest iPhone 11/11 Pro(Max).
If the method above does not find what you want, now you can try the backup files. Before you head to the Apple official way, we sincerely recommend you still trying PhoneRescue for iOS. Because compared to the iTunes /iCloud, PhoneRescue enables you to preview the contents in the backup files, and restore only the deleted messages to your iPhone with no need to reset your iPhone. Besides it can also automatically compare the data between iPhone and it’s back up to accurately find what you’ve lost. And 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.
If you only have iCloud backups, please move to the method right behind this one.
Download PhoneRescue for iOS to your computer, install and run it.to your computer, install and run it.
Select Recover from Backup will help you get data back from iTunes or other backups on computer, and then click the right arrow at the bottom right corner of this screen.
Select iTunes backup based on size, created time and iOS version, and click the Only Scan Backup to scan your deleted text messages on the backup.
You can check Select All or only Messages and click Okay to get all text messages and iMessages on iTunes backup.
Preview all messages conversations on your iTunes backup, select the messages you want to retrieve, and click To Device to restore the deleted messages to your iPhone or choose to recover to your computer.
Download PhoneRescue for iOS to your PC or Mac, install and run it.
Recover from iCloud will help you restore messages from iCloud, so if you want to recover messages from iCloud to your iPhone directly please connect your iPhone to computer now.
Now you should Log in with your Apple ID and password, PhoneRescue will extract data from iCloud.
Download backup based on its created time, size and iOS version, and then select only Messages to get all message conversations on your iCloud backup.
Preview the conversations on iCloud backup, check the items you want to recover and click To Device to recover them to your iPhone. Or click To Computer to save text messages and iMessages to the computer.
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. Please turn off Find My iPhone before the restore.
If you are not sure whether the iTunes backup contains the deleted SMS or iMessage, 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.
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.
Here is how to restore iPhone messages from iCloud:
After iOS 11.4, the iCloud Messages feature is available on all iOS devices and messages will sync among iOS devices if you are logged in with the same Apple ID and turn on iCloud Messages. You can see Messages option under iCloud Settings on your iPhone, and when you log into icloud.com, you can see here is a messages icon. So if your iPhone messages get deleted, you can try to retrieve them from iCloud Messages. Here is how:
Getting back the deleted text messages on iPhone could be a headache and time-consuming, so we need to do something in case of its loss, or even again. And here are two tips recommended.
Bonus Tip 1. Backup Your iPhone
Backing up your iPhone must be the most efficient way to rescue your deleted text messages when they are gone. So no matter what you are doing with your iPhone for upgrading, restoring, jailbreaking, or more, please back up your iPhone. And the best option that we sincerely recommend is backing iPhone up regularly. If you have no idea of how to back up your iPhone, here is a guide you can refer to How to Backup iPhone to iTunes/iCloud/PC/Mac >>
Bonus Tip 2. Keep Your Messages Forever
Have you ever encounter this weird thing: Your iPhone text messages are deleted or disappear suddenly, even if you have done nothing at all? Actually, if you are suffering from this, there is a high probability that you have changed the Message History option in Settings, where there are three choices for keeping messages: 30 days, 1 year, and forever. So if you have selected the 30-days or 1-year option, when the time is up, the messages will be deleted automatically. So why not check it now and set it to forever?
The above are all methods we know to recover deleted iPhone messages, you can choose the one you need. If you have any questions about this article or some other iPhone related problems, please leave a comment. At last, don’t forget to download the free trial of PhoneRescue for iOS to have a try!
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