How to Search Old Text Messages on iPhone with 3 Different Methods

Want to search old text messages on iPhone but don’t know how? This guide to will show you 3 ways to search old test messages on iPhone, even the deleted old ones.

By Bella Miller | Posted: Jan. 15, 2018, Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2018

“I have a conversation that likely has tens of thousands of messages sent over the past year. Now, I just want to find texts 6 months ago in August. How can I scrolling through those messages without spending too much time?”

Since a large number of messages are keeping on our iPhone, it can be a serious challenge to search for the specific text messages that received several months or even years ago. Then, is there any quick way can complete the job?

The answer is absolutely yes. In the following, we will share you 3 time-saving yet labor-saving methods to help you search not only the old messages, but also the deleted or lost old messages on iPhone.

Part 1. How to Search Old Messages on iPhone in Messages App

Step 1. Open Messages app on iPhone > Swipe down with your finger to expose the search box.

Step 2. Enter the keywords or phone number in the search box and the results list will automatically update as you type.

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone in Messages App

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone in Messages App

Part 2. How to Search Old Messages on iPhone via Spotlight Search

Step 1. Swipe down in the Home screen with your finger to bring up Spotlight Search.

Step 2. Tap the search bar and enter the keywords or phone number > Preview the results list to locate the Messages you are searching for.

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone via Spotlight Search

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone via Spotlight Search

Part 3. How to Search Old Messages on iPhone via PhoneRescue for iOS

If above two ways failed to search out the old messages you need, then try PhoneRescue for iOS to help you out. PhoneRescue for iOS can help you find all old messages in just 1 click, no matter the messages in your device, iTunes backup, iCloud backup or even “recycle bin”. More than anything, it allows you to track your old messages with date, and recover the deleted old messages to iPhone Messages app directly for instant use.

Step 1. Go to the Download Page of PhoneRescue and choose iOS Data Recovery to download it on your Mac/PC computer.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click on Right Arrow to proceed.

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 2

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. Uncheck Select All button, and then check Messages category > Click on OK button to search old messages on your iPhone.

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 3

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 3

Step 4. Preview and select the old messages or messages attachments > Type the contact name in search bar to search the existed or deleted messages you need. If the messages you need are in red, you can click To iDevice button to recover the messages to your iPhone or click To Computer button to extract them to your computer.

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 4

How to Search Old Messages on iPhone – Step 4

If you want to search old messages in your iTunes or iCloud backup, just refer to the guides below to make it:
Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup >
Recover Deleted Text Messages from iCloud Backup >

The Bottom Line

With above 3 ways, you may have got the main point on how to search old messages on iPhone. Also, besides messages, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports extracting and recovering photos, contacts, notes, ringtones and other up to 31 file types from iPhone/iPad/iPod. Just give PhoneRescue for iOS a try now.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.

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