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Recover Deleted Text Messages iPhone 6

Alice MJ

Apr 07, 2023 • Filed to: Data Recovery Solutions • Proven solutions

Most iPhone users believe that once a message is deleted, there is no way to get it back. In fact, it is possible. Deleted texts can be retrieved from iPhone 6 backup and even restored back to the phone. However, not all recovery methods are completely safe for your device.

Some may cause even more information to be deleted from the iPhone. Fortunately, there is a safe and proven way to recover deleted text messages on iPhone 6 for free that will not cause any damage to your iPhone and the information on it.

Part 1. Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone via a Trusted Recovery Tool – Dr.Fone iPhone Data Recovery

If you want to see all the data of the iPhone, Dr.Fone Data Recovery will get you back all of your text messages, photos, voicemail, recordings, and other data. Regardless of if you mistakenly erased your work files, a mobile app, lost some in the iCloud, or your device has an unfortunate iOS issue, you can retrieve all of your information from Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery on iPhone 6. This is the world's biggest and safest text message recovery program that enables you to have the most control of your account information while also being able to restore your data without missing passwords.

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  • Fully supports all the popular forms of iOS devices such as iPhone XS, iPad Air 2, iPod, iPad etc.
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  • Users can speedily recover selective data types without having to load the entire chunk of data altogether.
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Steps to recover text messages

Step 1: 

Connect your iPhone to PC or Mac via USB cable and run Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery from iPhone 6. After you select "Data Recovery" on the home screen, the program will automatically detect and recognize the iPhone. Once the connection is successful, you will be taken to a screen with several data types to choose from. By default, all data types are selected (including deleted and existing data types). If you only need to recover deleted text messages from iPhone 6, uncheck "Select All" and check the boxes next to "Messages and Attachments" and "Contacts", which can save a lot of time to scan data on iPhone. Of course, you can also choose the file types you want as iPhone Dr.Fone Data Recovery software supports recovering lost data of so many types. In general, the more data types you select, the longer the scan takes. After selecting the data types, simply click the blue Start Scan button to continue.

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Step 2: 

After your iPhone has been found, press "Start Scan" to begin scanning the phone. This enables the app to search the iPhone for any text messages that have been missed or deleted.

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Step 3: 

After the analysis is complete, the iPhone text message recovery app will start scanning all data on your iPhone, and all lost text messages will be listed as a category on the left side of the window. Just browse the contents of the found text messages, select the ones you want to recover and click the “Recover to Device” or “Recover to Computer” button in the lower right corner. The selected messages will be saved to the specified path to your computer if you choose “Restore to Computer” or soon transfer back to iPhone if you choose “Restore to Device”> “Restore to Device” or “Restore to Application”.

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Part 2. Recover Deleted Messages from iCloud Backup on iPhone 6

Even if your iPhone is lost, broken or crashed, you can still retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone 6 by extracting them from iCloud backups with Dr.Fone iPhone recovery software.

In fact, if you have enabled iCloud backup on your iPhone, iCloud will automatically back up all content and settings on your iPhone when your iPhone is connected to power, Wi-Fi and the screen is locked, even if you never did. So, when you find that your text messages are lost and you have previously enabled iCloud backup, first check if you have an iCloud backup by tapping Settings> iCloud> Storage & Backup. If your iPhone has been backed up, you will see the "Last Backed Up" time at the bottom of the "Storage & Backup" screen.

If Last Backup is updated, you can first delete all content and settings on your iPhone and then restore texts to iPhone 6 using iCloud backup . If the iCloud backup is not the most recent and you don't want to lose the data created after the backup, you can retrieve the lost SMS from iCloud backup using Dr.Fone Data Recovery software.

Here are the steps to extract text messages from iCloud backup:

Step 1: Run iPhone SMS recovery program on your PC or Mac. Click "Data Recovery", then highlight the "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode and enter your Apple ID and password so the software can retrieve deleted text messages about all iCloud backups in your account.

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Step 2. Once the software has received all the information about the iCloud backups, all the backups in the Apple ID account will be listed in the software. Sort your backups by iPhone "name", "last backup date", "file size" or "iCloud account", find the one you want to recover deleted text on iPhone 6 and click the blue "Download.” In the“ Status ”column of the corresponding backup file, select the file types you want to download in the pop-up window, click“ Next ”, then the iCloud backup file will be downloaded to your computer. The download may take some time, depending on the network conditions.

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Step 3. When the "Status" of the selected backup changes to "Loaded", the software will automatically start scanning all the data in the downloaded iCloud backup. If the backup has been downloaded previously, simply click Scan Downloaded to start scanning directly.

Step 4: After a while, the scan will be completed and all found data will be listed by category on the left sidebar. Highlight the "Messages" subcategory in "Messages and Call History", all contacts who have had conversions (SMS, MMS, iMessages) with you will be displayed on the right. Select one contact to see conversions between you and that contact on the right if you're unsure about the conversion's content. Check the boxes in front of the corresponding deleted messages you want to recover. Then click the Recover to Computer button to save the messages to your computer as .html and .csv file, or select “Recover to Device” to move the found text messages back to iPhone.

Part 3. Recover Deleted Messages from iTunes Backup on iPhone 6

It is usually the best choice for users who have lost or broken their iPhone, as iTunes automatically backs up your iPhone when syncing iPhone with iTunes.

Follow the steps to get iPhone text messages back from iTunes backups.

Step 1: Launch iPhone text message recovery tool, go to Data Recovery module and click the Recover from iTunes Backup File tab. All iTunes backups of your iOS devices on the computer will be listed. You can easily sort all backups by Device Name, Device Model, Last Backup Date, File Size and Serial Number, and then select the Start Scan you want. If the iTunes backup is password protected, you may be asked to enter the password so that Dr.Fone Data Recovery Software can scan the data in the locked iTunes backup.

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Step 2: When the scan is complete, all found data will be listed by category. Preview and select the text messages you want to recover. Select "Restore to Computer" and choose a save location and after a while the text messages will be saved on your computer. If you want to copy the selected text messages back to iPhone, select "Restore to Device".

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Recommended Precaution

In case of loss of text messages on iPhone, each user has the opportunity to restore them, regardless of the method chosen, but since it is much easier and safer to restore SMS using iTunes or iCloud, it is recommended to periodically create backups.

Dr.Fone Phone backup Software

Introducing Dr.Fone phone backup software that works with iPhone 6, iPad, iPod Touch devices. Also, the application allows you to return all recovered information back to your Apple device! You can get the software by visiting either of these two links: for iPhone and for android.


Alice MJ

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