How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone?

Have you ever deleted your SMS messages on your iPhone by mistake and then realized that they were very important to you? That feeling is really bad and as for me, I would never be willing to suffer from this again. I just deleted a text message containing business info and God knew how important it was to me. The problem for me then was I had no backup of the text message. I was about to collaspe because I thought it was impossible to get them back. And if I had been here I would not have known that it is possible to recover deleted messages without backup. In case any of you might have the same problem, here I would share with you how to retrieve deleted text messages.


You should have known for long that on your computer, you can easily get back the deleted files after you delete them. There is a recycle bin on the computer and once you delete something, it will be dispatched to the recycle bin, waiting to be retrieved or replaced anytime you want, unless you use the permanent option. And, well back onto your iPhone, this is similar though you don't see a recycle bin in it. After something such as text message is deleted on your iPhone, it will be hidden somewhere on the phone storage and can be retrieved via some methods, as long as it has not been overwritten.


Once you delete a text message on your iPhone, you can get them back. Below are 3 ways on how to retrieve deleted text messages:

Retrieve from an iCloud backup

Retrieve from an iTunes backup

Retrieve from iPhone using a third-party app


You should think it over before you choose a way to restore deleted iPhone messages. It mainly depends whether you have backup or not.


Restore from iCloud

If you have backup on iCloud, you should be able to restore your iPhone text messages from the backup. And below is how:

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 searched the messages to find the those that you want. 
4. Now go to your iPhone and choose Settings, iCloud on your iPhone.
5. Turn off Text Messages (or ensure 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 after a few minutes the deleted text messages should appear back on your iPhone.

how to retrieve deleted text messages via iCloud

Restore from iTunes

If you set the automatic sync option in iTunes, you should have created a backup everytime you synched with your computer.

1. Connect your iPhone with the computer and iTunes should launch.
2. When you see your iPhone appear on iTunes, select it.
3. Now 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. As long as you haven't backed up subsequent to deleting those text messages, they should now appear on your iPhone.

 how to retrieve deleted text messages via iTunes

Recover with third-party apps

If neither of above method works for you, you might have to choose the third way - retrieve message directly from iPhone using a third-party app. iOS Data Recovery is one of the best recovery app and it can help you recover almost everything from your iPhone as long as the data is not overwritten.



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

2. Start the iOS data recovery 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.

How to retrieve deleted text messages

That's all for how to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone and can have a try if you delete your messages by mistake or due to any reason.