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How To Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone

Recover iPhone Messages
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to recover deleted messages on iPhone? Lost or suddenly removed an important message or iMessage on your iPhone? You might be able to retrieve and back up it using one of these simple tricks.

For a medium that certainly dashed off in a few seconds, messages can be quite precious. Some of us have messages saved on our mobile that have been there for a decade. However, text messages maintain a relationship, discussions with departed loved ones, or some funny jokes we don’t need to lose. It’s comforting to know these texts are still there, and can easily accessible through a quick search.

But you don’t like to keep all your messages, and provided how Messages app can get. So the best thing is to wipe out some messages to make storage. There’s also a choice in Messages to automatically remove text after a particular amount of time.

So what happens if you mistakenly remove an important text? Well, you might get it back. Here are 5 efficient methods to recover removed texts on iPhone:

  • Retrieve from an iCloud backup
  • Back-Up from the iCloud website
  • Contact your phone provider
  • Recover from an iTunes (or Finder) backup
  • Recover using a third-party app

How To Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone:

Text messages on iPhone

Retrieve from an iCloud backup

After taking an iCloud backup of your mobile before the time you removed the messages, you might be able to recover them.

Step 1:

Head over to the Settings.

Step 2:

Then click on your name or picture located at the top.

Step 3:

Then choose iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.

Take a look to view if there’s a sufficiently old iPhone recovery to add the removed text messages. (Click on the backup to view when it was saved.)

You want to fully back up your iPhone to factory settings before setting your iPhone via older backup. Make sure you will lose any data you’ve included as the backup. So remember you store copies of your images and videos, and any other text you don’t need to lose!

If you want to take the backup of the iPhone to factory settings. Then head over to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This step takes a few times. Then the mobile will burst into life again, taking you through the usual setup. Once you get to the choice to back up your mobile from an old backup. Remember you select the right one.

It worked for us, and hopefully, it works for you. If you can’t get an old recovery using the data you like – or you don’t like to overwrite the data included to your mobile as the old backup. Then try the following fixes.

Recover Removed Messages From a Backup Without Overwriting Your iPhone

Unfortunately, iCloud can’t recover SMS in all situations for all mobile operators. So the following might not work – you can easily tell by the time you get to step 2. But for lots of people, this is the simplest method of retrieving lost texts.

Step 1:

Head over to iCloud then log into via Apple ID and password.

Step 2:

Tap on Text Messages. (If this choice isn’t there, your SMS can’t recover – so you probably ignore to the other way.)

Step 3:

Find the SMS to find the ones you want.

Step 4:

Now head over to your iPhone and select Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

Step 5:

Disable Text Messages.

Step 6:

You’ll then view a popup. Choose the choice to Keep On My iPhone.

Step 7:

Now enable the text messages.

Step 8:

Click Merge, then wait for a while. After a few minutes, the removed text messages reappear on your iPhone.

Back-Up Removed Messages from an iTunes (or Finder)

If you can’t back up to iCloud but recover your phone to iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then you might be able to back up your text messages from there. And also if you think you can’t recover your text, it’s worth a few minutes of your time to try.

Make sure that this technique also overwrites the data on your mobile.

Step 1:

At first, connect your iPhone to the PC you used to sync with. However, iTunes should open automatically – if not, then open it up manually. If you’re on Catalina, then head over to Finder.

Step 2:

You should then view an iPhone icon appear in the top left-hand corner. Choose it. (In Catalina, choose your device from the lefthand menu bar.)

Step 3:

Now pick ‘Restore backup’. (In Catalina, you’ll find this at the bottom of the General tab.)

Step 4:

All the data you earlier recover will now replace the data on your mobile. It will take a few time. Whenever you can’t recover as removing those text messages. Now, they should now appear in the normal text list on your mobile.

Back up deleted messages after contacting your phone provider

If you can’t find an old copy of messages in your backups, the next port of call should be your phone provider. Some companies – although not all – will keep track of your text messages, and you’re entitled to access them.

It might also be as simple as logging into your account online. For some, it needs you to contact customer services. The answer might be no, but it costs nothing to ask.

Back up via the third-party app

If nothings work from the above fixes, then it’s time to move nuclear and employ a third-party software tool. Remember that in mind it might cost you a bit, and there is no guarantee it will work. But if you’re curious, this is the other step.

There are some third-party apps that have a good reputation. These include Enigma Recovery, WonderShare Dr.Fone for iOS, PhoneRescue by iMobie, and Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery are 4 possibilities to explore. Also, once you ‘delete’ texts they remain on your handset until overwritten. So that you can easily recover removed messages using these utilities.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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