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

Usually, we all tend to clear out unwanted messages from time to time in order to free up storage on our iPhone. And at times, we do face accidental deletion of messages or other data, be it due to unintentional deletion of important messages along with junk while trying to free up space, or due to other issues like failed iOS update, iOS firmware crash, malware attack and device damage. Thereby, recovering the deleted text messages from iPhone becomes imperative.

So, 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.

With the release of iOS 11.4, the long-waited Messages in iCloud feature is finally available.

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

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.

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  • Selectively restore what you want from iCloud/iTunes backup to your device or computer.
  • Compatible with latest iPhone models.
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  1. To recover deleted text messages directly 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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    Select the Messages option to recover
  4. Check "Messages & Attachments", and click on the "Start Scan" button appearing in the window to scan your iPhone.
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    iPhone deleted messages detected with other data
  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.

Solution 2: Selectively 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 - Recover (iOS) to analyze 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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    Recover deleted messages from iTunes backup
  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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Selectively recover iPhone messages

Solution 3: Selectively 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 - Recover (iOS) 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
    Sign in and recover deleted messages from iCloud
  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.
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    Extract iPhone messages from 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.

Solution 4: Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with Apple Services

Though, the standard ways for recovering deleted text messages from iPhone are available but most people hardly know about all of them. In case you have created an iPhone backup on iTunes or iCloud, you can easily perform iPhone SMS recovery from that backup. As a matter of fact, every time you sync the iPhone with your computer, a backup is created if the automatic sync to iTunes is turned on.

Recover All Deleted Messages on iPhone with iTunes

iPhone SMS recovery is possible only if you have already created an iPhone backup. If you don’t regularly back up your iPhone data then this method mightn’t be the best way for you. As you know, every standard way do has certain limitations. Unless the prerequisites are met, you can’t get the best out of it.

Here are some prerequisites/cautions that you must consider when you wish to recover deleted text messages on iPhone using iTunes backup.

  • The downside of recovering deleted messages on iPhone in this process is it will overwrite all the existing files on your iPhone, including old messages.
  • It can’t selectively recover deleted messages iPhone, as the entire backup is restored back to your iPhone.
  • You need to upgrade to the latest version of iTunes, prior to retrieving the data or you may end up with several unknown errors.
  • Use the same computer that your iPhone is synced with and has a backup on iTunes.
  • Don’t connect to iTunes right after you know that messages were deleted, first turn off iTunes automatic sync on your computer then opt for restoring backup to your iPhone.

Let’s discover the detailed process of recovering deleted messages on iPhone from iTunes now:

  1. Launch the most recent iTunes version on your computer and connect your iPhone. Now, choose your iPhone` from the iTunes interface.
  2. Next, click on ‘Summary’ tab and then hit the ‘Restore Backup’ button. You then need to pick the relevant backup file from the pop up message and tap ‘Restore’ to confirm your selection.
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    iPhone SMS recovery with iTunes
  4. After the recovery of deleted text messages on iPhone is completed, the text messages till your last backup will be visible on your iPhone.

Recover All Deleted Messages on iPhone with iCloud

If you have backed up you iPhone text messages to iCloud, you can recover deleted text messages on iPhone from iCloud back files without any issue.

Here are certain limitations that you should keep in mind:

  • Selective recovery of deleted messages on iPhone is not possible, as the entire device backup gets restored. It will even restore the other unwanted data that you may not wish to clog your device’s space with.
  • Make sure to have a strong Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone to carry out iPhone SMS recovery. A fluctuating internet connection would prevent the recovery process and you might lose the text messages and data forever.
  • Use the same Apple credentials you have used to create the iCloud backup. If you use another iCloud account then getting back your text messages won’t be possible.

Here is the step-by-step guide to recover deleted text messages from iPhone via an iCloud Backup:

  1. First, go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone and then tap the ‘General’ section.
  2. After that hit ‘Reset’ button and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’.
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    Erase iPhone to restore deleted messages
  4. Let your device to reboot and when you reach ‘Apps & Data’ screen, tap on ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’ option.
  5. You will be prompted to sign in to your ‘iCloud’ account. Do that and select ‘Choose Backup’. If required confirm your selection. It is essential for iPhone SMS recovery. The recovery process will start soon after.
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    Restore last iCloud backup

Solution 5: Contact Your Phone Carrier to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

If you still couldn’t recover deleted text messages iPhone, then approach your cellular provider or carrier. Usually a few of the carriers have the text messages on their server, and might help you in restoring them. Make a call to them and find out if iPhone SMS recovery is possible.

If they are providing the recovery service then you can get it back on your iPhone. In case your service provider doesn’t cover the facility then you might have to look for an alternative.

Tip 1: 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?

Tip 2: Backup iPhone Text Messages Regularly to Prevent Data Loss

Well! When it comes to iPhone text message backup, we would recommend you to go for dr.fone – Backup & Restore, rather than running from pillar to post in vain. The best part about this exceptional tool is it doesn’t overwrite your old data and can restore the deleted messages of iPhone from your PC. The process doesn’t consume much time and can export contacts and text messages to your computer as well. You can even backup and export your WhatsApp messages, notes, calendars, call logs, Safari bookmarks, etc. to PC.

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Final Comments

After going through the article, it is clear that you need to rely on a trustworthy software that can assist you in every way. Here comes dr.fone - Recover (iOS) for your rescue. Being an easy-to-operate solution, it helps you to save a lot of your time, money and of course the annoying trouble of recovering deleted text messages on iPhone.


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  • 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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