3 Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

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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 - iPhone Data Recovery is a professional iPhone deleted text recovery tool that tells you how to get back deleted messages on iPhone. It offers you three options to recover your text messages: recover messages directly on iPhone, extract iPhone messages from iTunes backup and retrieve iPhone text messages from iCloud backup.

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Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery offers you 3 recovery modes to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone. Please download the free trial version above for Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery or Dr.Fone(Mac) - iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and follow the solutions below to learn how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone.

How to Recover Deleted text Messages on iPhone

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Part 1: Directly Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to scan it

To get started, connect your iPhone to your computer. Then run Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery and choose "Recover from iOS Device" from the side menu on the right. When the program recognize your iPhone, you'll see the window below. If you only want to recover text messages on your iPhone, you can only check "Messages & Attachments", and click on the "Start Scan" button appearing in the window to scan your iPhone. Don't disconnect your iPhone during the scanning process.

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Step 2. Preview and recover deleted text messages on your iPhone

When the scan is complete, you can choose "Messages" and "Message Attachments" to preview all of the found text messages one by one. Then selectively recover the items you need. When clicking "Recover", a pop-up will ask you to recover to your device or computer. If you choose "Recover to Device", then recovered text messages will be saved on your iPhone. Also, you can save them to your computer as well. Besides, the deleted iMessage contents can be found too, including text, emoji and attachments.

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Part 2: Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone via iTunes Backup

Step 1. Scan to Extract your iTunes backup

Choose the recovery mode of "Recover from iTunes Backup File" first. 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. All backup files existing on your computer are available for extraction.

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Step 2. Preview and retrieve messages for iPhone

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". When click "Recover", you'll be asked to recover to your device or computer. If you keep your iPhone connected to your computer via the USB cable, then choosing "Recover to Device" will save messages to your iPhone. If not, then the text messages will be saved to your computer.

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Part 3: Restore Deleted Messages on iPhone via iCloud Backup

Step 1. Sign in with your iCloud account

Switch to the recovery mode of "Recover from iCloud Backup File" on the left side of the program's window.

First of all, enter your iCloud account and the password to sign in. 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.

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Step 2. Download and extract your iCloud backup

Once you're in, you can see a list of all your iCloud backup files under this account. 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. 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.

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.

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Step 3. Preview and recover iPhone messages

Once the scan stops, you can preview all the text messages in the iCloud backup file. 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.

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

If you want to print your iPhone text messages, Dr.Fone - 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.

When the scan is complete, you can preview the the result of scaning. On the right upper corner, there is a print icon, and this is specially designed for text message printing.

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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. When everything is done, you can click on the printer icon on the left upper corner to begin the printing.

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This makes the iPhone text messages' printing pretty easy. Doesn't it?

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Supported devices Data available to recover
  • 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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