How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with 5 Efficient Methods

Accidentally deleted text messages on iPhone and don’t know how to undelete text messages on iPhone? This guide will share you 3 simple and reliable methods to undelete text messages on iPhone without effort.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Jun. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 29, 2018

Messages is one of the most popular way for smartphone users to keep in touch with their family, friends, colleagues, boss, etc. Little by little and day by day, plenty of precious and important text messages that you can’t affordable to lose are stored there. So, mistakenly deleting part or all of your messages especially those important messages can be a maddening experience.

Don’t be upset. All your deleted text messages can be easily recovered. And here in this guide, we will show you 5 different, efficient yet reliable methods to help you undelete text messages on iPhone, no matter you have iTunes/iCloud backup or not.

If you haven’t made available iTunes/iCloud backup, you can move to Method 5 directly to undelete text messages on iPhone without any backup.

Method 1. How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup

For these users who haven’t made backup, or users who are tired of the limitations of iTunes and iCloud recovery way: must have made a backup before, can’t view backup details to ensure the deleted messages, can’t only recover deleted messages, have to erase iPhone, etc. taking advantage of some professional iOS data recovery tool like PhoneRescue for iOS is the only available way for them to undelete messages on iPhone. And below are the reasons why it is more popular than traditional iTunes/iCloud backup recovery way.

Firstly, let’s Download Free Trial of PhoneRescue for iOS to scan your iPhone for free, and then follow the simple steps below to undelete text messages on iPhone easily.

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Step 1 Install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer > Open > Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > Click Recover from iOS Device mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right to proceed.

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 1

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 1

Step 2 Check Messages option > Click OK to start the scanning process.

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 2

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select the messages you want to undelete > Click To iPhone button to undelete them to your iPhone/iPad directly for instant use. Or you can click To PC/Mac Computer button to store them on your Mac/PC computer.

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 3

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without backup – Step 3

Method 2. How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes Backup

To undelete text messages on iPhone with iTunes backup, you have to make sure that you have made an iTunes backup and the backup contains the deleted messages. But since iTunes offers no way for you to view the backup details, this could be a hard task.

Otherwise, you will lose more important files on your iPhone, as restoring from iTunes backup needs you to erase all existing data on your device and those erased data may never be recovered. Also, Apple won’t let you recover only text messages from iTunes backup, it will be a full restore.

If you’re unsure whether the iTunes backup you made before including the messages you deleted or not, or don’t want to lose any data on iPhone while restoring from iTunes backup, simply refer to Method 2 to complete it.

Step 1 Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC computer > Connect your iPhone X to the computer via USB cable.

Step 2 Click the iPhone icon when it shows in iTunes > Click “Restore Backup”.

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Select one backup contains the data you want to restore and click “Restore” to start the restoring process.

Method 3. How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes (without Erasing Data)

If you can’t ensure whether the iTunes backup contains your deleted messages or not, you’d better don’t try the traditional iTunes recovery way to undelete text messages on iPhone. To help you locate the right iTunes backup and undelete messages on iPhone without erasing any previous data, we highly recommend this #1 iPhone Data Recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS.

This 100% safe and professional iOS data recovery tool allows you to view the iTunes backup details before recovering deleted messages. Unlike traditional iTunes backup recovery way, you can retrieve only messages category and select the messages you really want to recover, but do not need to make a full restore.

More importantly, there’s no data erasing requirements. You won’t lose any existing data on your device, all your data will be kept 100% secure after the undeleting process. Now, let’s check the detailed steps on how to undelete text messages on iPhone with iTunes, even without data loss.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer and install it on your computer.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone to the computer via its USB cable > Click Recover from iTunes Backup mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right.

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 2

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the backup contains the messages you want to undelete and click Right Arrow > Check Messages > Click OK button to scan the backup files.

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 3

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the messages you want to recover > Click Recover to iOS Device or Recover to Computer button to retrieve them now.

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 4

How to Undelete Messages on iPhone without Losing Data – Step 4

Method 4. How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iCloud Backup

Just like restoring from iTunes backup, restoring from iCloud backup will also require you to erase your iPhone and need a full restore. All your data and settings will be wiped and replaced by the iCloud backup files. If you only want to restore deleted messages, and don’t want to erase any data or settings on your iPhone, move to Method 4 to make it.

Step 1 Turn on your iPhone X > Go to Settings > General > Reset > Tap Erase all content and settings option.

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iCloud Backup – Step 1

How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iCloud Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign in to iCloud > Choose backup > Select the iCloud backup contains the data you want to restore.

Method 5. How to Undelete Text Messages on iPhone with iCloud (without Data Loss)

Just as mentioned above, all your current data and settings will be erased before restoring from iCloud backup. Moreover, you can’t see what exactly the iCloud backup contains, even can’t selectively recover only text messages.

Actually, you have an easier and smarter way to undelete text messages on iPhone with iCloud backup – trying PhoneRescue for iOS, which allows you to preview iCloud backup details before recovering, and enables you to selectively recover only wanted messages instead of a blind a full restore.

More than anything, unlike traditional iCloud backup recovery way, it will not erase any previous data or settings on your iPhone. All your data and settings will remain 100% safe. Now, let’s see how to undelete messages on iPhone with iCloud, but without erasing data.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer via its USB cable.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2 Choose Recover from iCloud mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right corner to enter the next page.

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 2

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 2

Step 3 Enter your Apple ID and password > Click Right Arrow to proceed > Choose iCloud Backup option.

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 3

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 3

Step 4 Choose the backup contains the messages you deleted and click Download > Choose Messages category, then click OK to download the backup.

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 4

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 4

Step 5 Preview and select the messages you want to undelete > Click To iOS Device or To Computer button to get them back to iPhone’s correspond App or Mac/PC computer.

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 5

Undelete Text Messages on iPhone without Data Loss – Step 5

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to undelete text messages on iPhone. You may have successfully undeleted messages on iPhone with above 5 methods. And just as see from above, no matter you have backup or not, PhoneRescue for iOS helps you undelete messages on iPhone easily.

Actually, besides messages, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports recovering photos, contacts, notes, videos, etc. So, just give it a try for free now incase you will have further iPhone data recovery needs.

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.