How to Recover Deleted Text Messages of iPhone?

It is not surprising that your Messages app is housing a large amount of data on the iPhone because like others, you send and receive text messages every day, one after another in a short time of a couple of minutes. Although you are flooded by the mass text messages, there are some messages are important for you. A lot of people would think that once gets deleted, the message on your iPhone will disappear forever. The truth is, you can get them back if you are lucky. Below I will show you how to recover deleted text messages that are deleted on iPhone.


I guess some of you have learned that it is possible to restore lost data via iTunes or iCloud backup. That’s correct and that’s why Apple has always been suggesting users to backup their iPhone or other iDevices. So if you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud, you can recover deleted text messages using backup. But one thing you should keep in mind is that if you restore an iPhone, the existing data will be completely erased from the device, and the backup data will take the place of the existing data. If it is not the only option, you’d better think it over except that the backup contains all existing data. So it is good to updata your backup; in other words, you should backup your device from time to time.


In addition to restoring iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup, there is another way that enables you to retrieve specific deleted data from iPhone. For example, you can recover deleted text messages only and leave other data types untouched; or you can recover only a few deleted items. This can be done with a powerful iOS data recovery program. And below are the 3 ways on how to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone.


Restore from iCloud

If you have ever backed up your iPhone to iCloud, you should be able to restore your iPhone text messages from the backup.

1. Login to with your Apple ID and password
2. Click on Text Messages (if it isn't there your messages haven't been backed up).
3. If it is there, search the messages and select those you want. 
4. Now go to your iPhone and choose Settings, iCloud on your iPhone.
5. Turn off Text Messages (you should make sure it is turned off).

6. You'll see a pop-up. Select: 'Keep on My iPhone'.
7. Now turn back on text messages. 
8. Tap 'Merge', and wait until it is completed. This should take a few minutes. After that, you should find the deleted text messages back on your iPhone.


Restore from iTunes

If you haven’t disabled the automatic sync option in iTunes, you should have created a backup everytime you synched with your PC or Mac.

1. Plug your iPhone to the PC via a USB cable and iTunes should launch on your computer (if not, start it manually).
2. When you see your iPhone appear in iTunes, select it.
3. Choose 'Restore backup'. 
4. All the data you previously backed up will now replace the data on your phone. It will take a few minutes.

Recover with third-party app

If you don’t have backup or you just don’t want to restore your iPhone, you can use a third-party data recovery app like iOS Data Recovery. And the following steps will guide you through on how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone.



1. Download and install iOS Data Recovery on your computer.

2. Start the program and choose “Data Recovery” when you open the user interface.

3. Connect iPhone with the computer via USB cable.

4. Select “Recover from iOS Device”.

5. Start the scanning process.

6. When the program finishes scanning the iPhone, choose the deleted messages you need from the scanning results.

7. Click “Recover” to start the recovery.

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