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[2024] How to Retrieve Recently Deleted Messages on iOS 16 & iOS 17

Selena Lee

Dec 26, 2023 • Filed to: Data Recovery Solutions • Proven solutions

As we now embrace the iOS 16 and wait for the upcoming iOS 17, it becomes essential to explore the features and functionalities they offer, especially regarding data recovery.

The importance of iOS data recovery cannot be overstated. Our iPhones store a lot of valuable information, including text messages. What should you do if you want to retrieve recently deleted messages on iOS 16? Fortunately, we have discovered a solution just for you.

Join us as we retrieve iOS 16 recently deleted messages and equip you with the knowledge to safeguard your data effectively.

Part 1: How to Recover Data on iOS 16 and iOS 17

Sometimes, we delete messages on purpose or by accident, thinking we no longer need them. But later on, we realize they are still important for business or sentimental reasons. It happens to all of us.

Fortunately, there is no significant difference between iOS 16 data recovery and the upcoming iOS 17. The methods and procedures for retrieving recently deleted messages remain largely the same across both versions. It's easier for users to adapt and utilize these techniques.

Now, let's explore the steps to recover recently deleted messages on iOS 16 (and also iOS 17):

Method 1: Restore via iMessage

If you accidentally delete messages and wish to recover them, you have a 30-day window to do so. Here's how you can retrieve them:

  • Step 1: Open the iPhone Messages app and access the conversation list.
  • Step 2: Tap "Edit" > "Show Recently Deleted," or you can tap "Filters" > "Recently Deleted."

Show recently deleted messages on iPhone

If you are currently in a conversation, simply tap the "Back" button to return to the conversation list.

  • Step 3: In the "Recently Deleted" section, select the conversations containing the messages you want to restore.
  • Step 4: Once you have selected the relevant conversations, tap "Recover." Confirm your action by tapping "Recover Messages."

Select the messages and recover them

Method 2: Restore from an iCloud backup

With Messages in iCloud, deleting or recovering messages on your iPhone automatically syncs those changes across all your other Apple devices where Messages in iCloud is turned on. To restore recently deleted messages via iCloud, follow the steps below:

First, creating an iPhone backup:

  • Step 1: Access your iPhone settings and tap on your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  • Step 2: Navigate to "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup."

Open iCloud Backup on iPhone settings

  • Step 3: Toggle on the "iCloud Backup" option. Ensure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi to initiate the backup process.

Turn on iCloud backup

Restoring your iPhone from a backup:

  • Step 1: Reset your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Select Transfer or Reset iPhone on the settings

  • Step 2: Select “Erase All Content and Settings.” Don’t worry, your files are safe since you have backed them up.
  • Step 3: Once the reset is complete, you'll see the "Apps & Data" screen. Choose "Restore from iCloud Backup."
  • Step 3: Sign in to your Apple ID and select the backup you want to restore from. Then, allow the phone to complete the restoration process. Your data will be recovered.

Part 2: Advanced Solution: How to Use Wondershare Dr.Fone Data Recovery

If you find yourself in need of a more comprehensive solution to recover not just messages but other types of data, Wondershare Dr.Fone Data Recovery is an excellent choice.

Dr.Fone is a powerful and user-friendly software designed to help you retrieve a wide range of lost or deleted data from your iOS devices. The software is regularly updated, so you won’t have to be worried about compatibility with iOS 16 or iOS 17 data recovery.

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Wondershare Dr.Fone

World's 1st iPhone and iOS data recovery software

  • Provide with three ways to recover iPhone data.
  • Scan iOS devices to recover photos, video, contacts, messages, notes, etc.
  • Extract and preview all content in iCloud/iTunes backup files.
  • Selectively restore what you want from iCloud/iTunes backup to your device or computer.
  • Compatible with the latest iPhone models.

Features of Wondershare Dr.Fone Data Recovery:

  • Ability to recover various types of data, including messages, contacts, photos, notes, and more.
  • Preview and selectively recover the specific data you need, saving time and space on your device.
  • The recovery process is safe, and no data will be lost or overwritten during the restoration.

How to do iOS 16 data recovery using Wondershare Dr.Fone:

  • Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone Data Recovery and connect your iPhone

To begin the data recovery process, connect your iPhone and open Dr.Fone on your computer. From the "Toolbox" menu, select "Data Recovery."

Launch Dr.Fone Data Recovery Tool

  • Step 2: Select Recover data from iOS.

In the following window, specify the device type as "iOS" and click on "Recover Data from iOS device."

Select Recover data from iOS

  • Step 3: Choose file types for recovery

Now, your screen will showcase all the file types available for recovery. From the list, you can select the specific file types you wish to recover or exclude any that you don't need. Once you've made your selections, simply click "Start Scan" to begin the scanning process.

Choose file types for iOS data recovery

  • Step 4: Filter and select data.

Once the scanning process is complete, you can browse through and preview the specific data you wish to recover. To filter the display results, use the tabs at the top to choose whether you want to view all the data or only the existing or deleted data.

Filter and select data to recover

After selecting the data you want for recovery, click the "Restore to Device" button to initiate the restoration process. Then, set the location destination where you want to restore and click Continue.

Select the destination where to restore the iPhone data

Please be aware that you need to disable the Find My service on your iDevice before restoring the data to the device. Once you have disabled it on your iDevice, proceed by clicking "OK" on the computer to continue with the restoration process.

Recover iPhone data to your computer:

To recover the data back to your computer, choose the desired data and click "Recover to Computer." You will see a prompt asking you to set a location for the recovered data. Define the location, and click "Recover" to start the process. Done! Your data is now safe.

Part 3: What types of data can be recovered from iOS devices?

Data recovery tools like Dr.Fone are designed to retrieve various file types that may have been accidentally deleted or lost for various reasons. These tools employ advanced algorithms to scan the storage of iOS devices thoroughly.

Files type that you can typically recover using data recovery tools:

  1. Contacts & Messages
  2. Videos, Audios & Photos
  3. Documents
  4. APK Recovery
  5. WhatsApp Recovery

After deleting files from a storage device, they don't just vanish instantly. Rather, the space they once occupied becomes open for storing new data. As long as this space isn't overwritten by other information, there remains a potential to retrieve these files back.

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Data recovery plays a critical role in safeguarding valuable information as we embrace iOS 16 and anticipate iOS 17. Our iPhones hold a wealth of important data, including text messages, which may inadvertently get deleted or lost.

Thankfully, whether through iMessage or iCloud backups, users can recover messages within a 30-day window. For those seeking a more comprehensive data recovery solution, Wondershare Dr.Fone emerges as a powerful tool.

Safeguarding our data remains a top priority. With the right approach, we can ensure the longevity and security of our information.

Selena Lee

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