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How to Undelete Messages on iPhone

Selena Lee

Apr 07, 2023 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

Losing your text messages can be a bit of a problem considering text messages are one of the primary ways in which we communicate. If your text messages are primarily business related a lot could be riding on getting them back. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have accidentally lost your text messages, there is no need to despair. We have 3 effective solutions to help you undelete your lost text messages.

But before we look at how you can get your messages back, let's first of all look at some of the reasons why you could lose your messages. This way you will be able to avoid losing your messages in the near future. Some of the common reasons include;

  • • You may accidentally delete important text message
  • • A firmware update gone wrong could lead to loss of data including text messages
  • • A broken device could mean that you lose some of your data including text messages
  • • Trying to Jailbreak your iPhone without the necessary experience could also result in loss of data including text messages
  • • Problems with your device operating system could lead to a loss of text messages as well as other data

Solution 1: Undelete Messages Directly on iPhone

Whatever the reason, you can simply use one of the following 3 solutions to undelete your messages. The solutions however would be impossible without the right tool. In this case the best tool for the job is Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery; the World's 1st iPhone and iPad data recovery software. The following are some of the reasons why Dr.Fone should be your go-to solution for this problem;

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Follow these simple steps to recover deleted text messages directly from your iPhone.

Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone and use USB cables to connect your iPhone to your computer. By default, the application will recognize your device. Then choose recover mode ""Recover from iOS Device.

connect iPhone

Step 2: Choose "Message & Attachements" then click on "Start Scan" to allow the program to scan your device for lost or deleted data. The process will last a few minutes depending on the amount of data you have on your device. If at any time during the scanning process you see what you are looking for, you can click on "Pause" to halt the process.

scan data

Step 3: The scanned data will be displayed in categories. To see only deleted data make sure "Only display the deleted items" is turned on. Look for the messages you want to undelete on the left side. You can use the search box on the top if they are not there.

recover messages

Step 4: Once you have found your deleted messages, check the box adjacent to them and then click on "Recover". A dialogue box will appear asking whether you want to "Recover to Computer" or you want to "Recover to Device" Choose appropriately.

restore choice

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Solution 2: Undelete Messages from iCloud

Follow these simple steps if you would rather get your deleted messages from an iCloud backup file.

Step 1: After launching Dr.Fone, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup Files." You will be required to sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and Password.

log in iCloud

Step 2: Dr Fone will list all of the iCloud backup files in your account once you are logged in. Choose the one that contains your deleted messages and click on the "Download" button.

download backup file

Step 3: In the popup window that appears, choose the files "Messages" and "Messages & Attachments" to download. This will ensure that you only download what you need thereby reducing your download time.

choose file type to scan

Step 4: The scan for all the data on that iCloud backup file should complete in a few minutes. Preview the files on the left hand side and select the messages you lost. Click on the "Recover to Computer" button.


N/B: to recover the messages to your device, you will need to connect the iPhone to your computer during the recovery process.

Solution 3: Undelete Text Messages from iTunes

You can also recover the messages from your iTunes backup. To do that, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone and click on "Recover from iTunes Backup file." The application will detect all iTunes backup files on your computer. Select the one that contains your deleted messages.

choose itunes backup type

Step 2: Click on "Start Scan" and wait for the scanning process to complete. Once the scan is complete, Preview the data on the left side and select the deleted messages. Click on "Recover"

scan data

Step 3: You can choose if you want to "Recover to Computer" or "Recover to Device."


Tips to Avoid Deleting Messages from iPhone

Although Dr.Fone is efficient enough to recover all the deleted objects from your iPhone, why to become careless and let the data get deleted from your iPhone in the first place? Follow the tips given below to avoid such accidental data deletion from your phone:

Keep Your iPhone Passcode Protected

This is important. You don't want your iPhone to be accessed and operated by any random person who visits your place or office. Right?

Keep Your iPhone Out of Reach of Kids

Innocent and ignorant kids won't understand the importance of your messages. Therefore, it is good to keep your iPhone away from them until they become sensible enough to understand significance of your information.

Avoid Getting Apps and Files from Unreliable Sources

Files from untrusted sources may bring along malicious information with them that may harm your iPhone. Always get the files from trusted sources, and apps from Apple Store.

Always Have a Backup Copy on Your PC

Having a backup copy of all your messages and restoring them from there is far easier than recovering the deleted stuff using a data recovery tool. Use iTunes to back up your data on your PC.

Have an iCloud Backup

Backing up your data on your iCloud account as well would be a wise step to take. This way, you can get your deleted information back even when you are not near your PC and are on the run.

The Difference between iMessages and Text messages

The main difference between an iMessage and a text message is that a cellular data provider (Verizon, Sprint etc.) transfers a text message through the network to the recipient's phone while an iMessage is sent through Apple servers when the intended recipient has an Apple ID.  It is also worth noting that iMessages by pass any cell-phone carrier charges and depending on your carrier, you may be charged for sending text messages.

Selena Lee

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