3 Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone (iPhone X/8 Included)

Find text messages on your iPhone missing or have deleted text messages on your iPhone accidentally? Keep your shirts on! You can fix it! But keep in mind, the sooner, the better result you'll get. Otherwise, you'll never see these deleted text messages again. dr.fone - Recover (iOS) is a professional iPhone recovery software that tells you how to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone. It offers you three options to recover deleted text messages: recover messages directly on iPhone, extract iPhone messages from iTunes backup and retrieve iPhone text messages from iCloud backup.

3 Solutions to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone

dr.fone - Recover (iOS) offers you 3 recovery modes to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone. Please download the free trial version for dr.fone - Recover (iOS) on your computer and follow the solutions below to learn how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone.

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Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone?

  1. To recover deleted text messages from iPhone, firstly connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Then run the program and click on "Recover". Choose "Recover from iOS Device" from the side menu on the right.
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  4. Check "Messages & Attachments", and click on the "Start Scan" button appearing in the window to scan your iPhone.
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  6. When the scan is complete, you can choose "Messages" and "Message Attachments" to preview all of the found text messages one by one.
  7. Then selectively recover the items you need to your computer or device.

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone via iTunes Backup?

If you have ever backed up your iPhone in iTunes before you got the text messages deleted, we can use dr.fone toolkit - iPhone Data Recovery to analysis the iTunes backup file and retrieve the deleted text messages easily. This function can help you extract text messages selectively, so you don't need to restore your iPhone with iTunes.

  1. Choose the recovery mode of "Recover from iTunes Backup File" from dr.fone - Recover (iOS) tool.
  2. Then select the backup you want to recover text messages from in the list, and click on the "Start Scan" button to extract the backup content.
  3. All backup files existing on your computer are available for extraction.
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  5. The scan only takes you a few seconds. After it, you can preview and recover any messages in the menu of "Messages" and "Message Attachments".
  6. Recover the selected messages to your computer or iPhone.

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Part 3: How to Restore Deleted Messages on iPhone via iCloud Backup

One of the drawbacks of iTunes and iCloud backup is that we are unable to access one specific data in the backup. If we want to get some data backup from iCloud backup, we need to restore the whole backup file. In such cases, dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery comes very handy, as it can help you recover one specific text message from iCloud backup and restore it to your iPhone easily.
  1. First of all, switch to "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and sign in your iCloud account.
  2. Once you're in, you can begin the downloading and extracting work. Never need to worry about your the security of your account. Wondershare won't keep any information of your account or data during your sessions.
  3. Sign in with your iCloud account

  4. Once you're in, you can see a list of all your iCloud backup files under this account.
  5. Choose the one for your iPhone, the latest one will be the best. Check 'message' and 'message attachments' on the pop-up window if you don't want to download all data there.
  6. By doing this, it only download text messages and the attachments, saving you time. Of cource, you can choose all if you have a need.
  7. Download iCloud backup

  8. When the download is complete, continue to extract the downloaded backup file by clicking on the "Scan" button appearing on it. Since the backup file is unreadable, you have to extract it for reading and recover deleted iPhone messages from it.
  9. Once the scan stops, you can preview all the text messages in the iCloud backup file.
  10. Choose the text messages you need and click "Recover". Both "Recover to Device" and "Recover to Computer" are available. I suggest you connect your iPhone with your computer through a USB cable and choose the "Recover to Device"'. It's more convenient for you to view the messages on your iPhone than on your computer.

Tips for iPhone SMS recovery: Print the recovered iPhone text messages directly

If you want to print your iPhone text messages, dr.fone toolkit - iPhone Data Recovery lets you do it directly without exporting them. You can choose to print the SMS on your iPhone, or in your iTunes or iCloud backup files. It's a one-click work.

How to print recovered iPhone messages

  1. When the scan is complete, you can preview the the result of scaning.
  2. On the right upper corner, there is a print icon, and this is specially designed for text message printing.
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  4. Click on the print icon and you will see the preview file as follows. You can adjust the width and height, and the size of the word.
  5. When everything is done, you can click on the printer icon on the left upper corner to begin the printing.
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  7. This makes the iPhone text messages' printing pretty easy. Doesn't it?

More about dr.fone - Recover (iOS)

Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE,iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Pro, all iPad Air versions, all iPad mini versions, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1
  • iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4
  • Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, WahtsApp History, Facebook messages, Safari bookmark, App Documents
  • Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Voice memos, ">Message attachments, WhatsApp Attachments, Voicemail, App Photos, App Videos


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