“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 scroll 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 via PhoneRescue for iOS
According to users’ feedback, this method is the most useful one to find old text messages on iPhone. PhoneRescue for iOS, as the #1 iPhone iPad data extractor, has helped a huge number of iPhone users find out old messages successfully, even the messages received several years ago.
With PhoneRescue for iOS, you can find all your 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 (or directly click Free Download button below) and choose iOS Data Recovery to download it on your Mac/PC computer.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click on Right Arrow to proceed.
Step 3. Uncheck Select All button, and then check Messages category > Click on OK button to search old messages on your iPhone.
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.
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 >
Part 2. How to Find Old Text 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.
Part 3. How to Find Old Text 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.
Video Tutorial for Finding Old Text Messages/iMessages on iPhone
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.