3 Ways to Recover or Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Included)

Can I retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone? I accidentally deleted some messages on my iPhone and they weren’t backed up to iCloud or iTunes, I’ve tried using a few free ‘iPhone recovery tools’ to recover deleted iPhone messages but none of them really works. I read that the messages won’t be deleted and are just archived, how can I restore the deleted iPhone text messages? Or should I try a iPhone data recovery that needs to pay?

If you delete iPhone messages by accident, you might want to get them back. Retrieving deleted text messages from your iPhone can be difficult, but it is possible. Before introducing the three methods to recover iPhone deleted messages, let’s talk about why is it possible to get deleted messages back. So this article’s main content includes below two parts:

Part 1. Why is it possible to recover deleted text messages on iPhone

Part 2. Three ways to recover or retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone

Why is it possible to recover deleted text messages on iPhone

Before you recover deleted text messages, you have to know that after you remove a message from iPhone, the message doesn’t really get deleted. Because the deleted messages is technically marked for deletion by the system and hidden so that they become invisible to us. So deleted messages still stays somewhere on iPhone and you can retrieve them as long as you find those marked and hidden messages files. That’s why you can recover deleted text messages and get them back.

How to find those marked and hidden messages files, and retrieve invisible text messages on iPhone? Actually, there are three ways to retrieve lost or deleted messages of iPhone. If you have a previous backup saved with iTunes or your iCloud, you are able to restore your iPhone text messages from backup. Otherwise, you will need to use a third party iPhone data recovery software or SMS recovery software and restore the deleted message from your iPhone to your computer. Keep reading to learn more about each method.

Three ways to recover or retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone

Method 1. Recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup

If you are wondering about the way without the using of iTunes or iCloud backup, you can choose one of the best iPhone data recovery software such as Cisdem iPhoneRecovery to restore deleted iPhone messages. iPhone Recovery for Mac is such a professional iPhone data recovery tool which allows you to preview and recover deleted calendar events, messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes and reminders on Mac from iOS devices by scanning your device and listing all the marked and hidden files, no iTunes or iCloud backup copy is required.

Download the free trial version of iPhone Data Recovery and follow us to recover deleted messages on iPhone or iPad with the detailed tutorials below.

How to recover deleted or lost text messages from iPhone

  1. Use USB cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch Cisdem iPhoneRecovery on Mac. Choose “Recover from iOS Device” option, this iPhone data recovery will detect your device. Once detected, the current device name, device type and iOS version will be displayed on the interface of the software.

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2. Click “Start” button. From this moment, iPhone Data Recovery starts to scan the whole files of your iPhone. After scanning, you can see all extracted files. Then choose “Messages” item to preview all found messages.

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3. After you preview the messages, select the messages you want to recover. You can select all messages with one click. Then click “Recover” and a small window will pop up for you to choose the output file type. HTML, Excel, Word, Numbers, and Pages format are also supported. At last, click “Save” to save your recovered iPhone messages.

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Method 2. Retrieve iPhone deleted text messages from iCloud

One thing you have to make sure is that this option isn’t available for everyone. Some phone carriers have this option locked down, and iCloud SMS backup is not available for all countries. If you have backed up your messages to iCloud, you can use below steps to recover iPhone lost or deleted messages.

  1. Login to https://icloud.com with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click on Text Messages (if messages are not showing, it means that your messages haven’t been backed up, so this option is not available for you, you have to turn to the iPhoneRecovery for help).
  3. If the messages are there, find the ones you need. Now go to your iPhone and choose Settings, select “iCloud” on your iPhone.Turn off Text Messages and you’ll see a pop-up. Select “Keep on My iPhone”.
  4. Now turn back on text messages. Tap “Merge”, and wait. After a few minutes the deleted text messages should appear back on your iPhone.

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Method 3. Recover iPhone lost text messages from iTunes

This works only if you automatically back up your iPhone to iTunes. If not, you’d better turn to Method 1.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac with which you sync it and open iTunes.
  2. You should see your iPhone in a box at the top right corner. Select your iPhone.
  3. Check the date when your last backup is created. If you want to restore your iPhone to your previously created backup, click “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 have backed up your messages before you delete them, they should now appear in the normal messaging list on your iPhone.

Recover lost text messages on iPhone-from iTunes backup

You can also use iPhone Data Recovery to restore text messages from iTunes backup files, using iPhone Data Recovery is more convenient and faster for you to recover deleted files from iPhone including iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, follow below steps to use this iPhone data recovery to retrieve deleted text messages from iTunes backup.

  1. Launch iPhone Data Recovery, and choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” mode, then select an iTunes backup file to recover and click “New Scan”.
  2. After this application deeply scans your files, you can select “Message” and click “Recover” to recover text messages you deleted before.

In conclusion, if you back up your iOS device to iCloud or iTunes, you can choose Method 2 and Method 3 to help you retrieve your deleted iPhone messages. If you haven’t backup your messages, don’t worry, Method 1 will help you to recover your lost or deleted text messages from your iPhone without any data loss whether you back up your iPhone messages or not.

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