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As far as I can tell, the common way to recover iPhone picture messages is using the backup from iTunes. If you've recently synced your iPhone with iTunes, you can choose to restore your iPhone from the backup by right clicking on it on the left side of iTunes and selecting "Restore from backup". there's one thing you need to pay attention is that all your iPhone content will be erased and replaced by the backup content, but at least, your deleted picture messages come back. The other way is to directly scan and recover picture messages from iPhone.
If you want to keep your iPhone existing content and recover picture messages from iPhone, there's a way indeed. You need a third-party iPhone picture messages recovery tool, and here is my recommendation: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery or Dr.Fone - Mac iPhone Data Recovery.
The software also recovers deleted picture messages from iPhone by using your backup file. The difference is that it can help to extract your iTunes and iCloud backup files, letting you preview and selectively recover iPhone picture messages. It only takes you a few minutes. Moreover, both versions allows you to directly scan and recover data from iPhone 6s plus/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS without backup files.
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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to scan it
Run the program after installing it on your computer. To recover iPhone picture messages, you need to select a recovery mode first - Recover from iOS Device.
Once your iPhone is recognized, you will see the window as follows. If you want to only recover deleted picture messages, you can check "Messages & Attachments" and then click "Start Scan" to continue. This will save you some time on data scanning.
Step 2. Preview and recover deleted iPhone picture messages
When the scan finished, you can preview the found data one by one by checking it from the menu on the left side. For picture messages, choose "Messages & Attachments", and you can preview details on the right panel. Check the item that you want to recover. After that, you can recover all checked picture messages at one time by clicking on the "Recover to Computer" button.
You can choose to save the picture messages on your Mac or Windows computer, or directly save it on your iPhone if you want. Just do it according to your need. Even you choose to save it on your iPhone, it won't hurt any data on your iPhone. The picture messages will be merged with your exising ones, not replace them. Now, you can download the free trial version below to have a try by yourself.
Step 1. Choose a recovery mode and sign in your iCloud account
To recover deleted iPhone picture messages from iCloud backup, you need to choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Then enter your iCloud account to get into it.
Note: It wil be totally safe to sign in with your iCloud account here. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS only download and extrac the backup content for you. You will be the only one who can save your data.
Step 2. Download and Scan your iCloud backup file
After logging in, you can see a list of all your iCloud backup files for all iOS devices. Choose the one that you want to recover picture messages from and click on the "Download" button under the Status column. This will take you a few minutes, depending on the backup file's size and the speed of your internet.
When the backup file is completed downloaded, click on the "Scan" button at the same place as the download button showed. Your downloaded iCloud backup file will be extracted in seconds.
Step 3. Preview and recover deleted iPhone picture messages from iCloud backup
Now, you are in front of the scan result. Here, you can preview all scanned content in detail. Click "Messages & Attachments" and then read the messages and view the pictures one by one. Choose the one you want and check the box in front of it. At last, click "Recover to Computer" to get them on your computer or iPhone.
Step 1. Choose an iTunes backup and extract it
Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" after launching Wondershare Dr.Fone, if you choose this method. Then you will see a list of all your iTunes backup files as follows.
Selecet a backup file and click on the "Start Scan". Then the program will start extracting your iTunes backup file. Just let it do and it will stop when it's complete.
Step 2. Preview and recover deleted picture messages from iTunes backup
As long as the scan is over, you can choose to preview any item inside the file and preview them. Check and save them by clicking "Recover to Computer".
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