3 Effective Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

2018-03-18 23:13:27 / Posted by Connie Wisley to iPhone Follow @ Connie

Can I recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup? I accidentally deleted some text conversations on my iPhone and they weren't backed up to iCloud or iTunes, I've tried using a few free 'iPhone recovery tools' to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone but none of them really works. I read that the messages won't be deleted and are just archived, how can I recover deleted text messages on iPhone? Or should I try a iPhone data recovery that needs to pay?

If you delete iPhone text conversations or messages by accident, you might want to get them back. Recovering deleted text messages from iPhone without backup can be difficult, but it is possible. Before introducing the three methods to recover deleted text messages from iPhone, let’s talk about why is it possible to get deleted messages back. So this article’s main content includes below two parts:

Why is it possible to recover deleted text messages from iPhone?

Before you recover iPhone deleted text messages, you have to know that after you remove a message from iPhone, the message doesn't really get deleted. Because the deleted messages is technically marked for deletion by the system and hidden so that they become invisible to us. So deleted messages still stays somewhere on iPhone and you can retrieve them as long as you find those marked and hidden messages files. That’s why you can recover deleted text messages and get them back from your iPhone.

How to find those marked and hidden messages files, and retrieve invisible text messages on iPhone? Actually, there are three ways to retrieve lost or deleted messages of iPhone. If you have a previous backup saved with iTunes or your iCloud, you are able to restore your iPhone text messages from backup. Otherwise, you will need to use a third party iPhone data recovery software or SMS recovery software and restore the deleted message from your iPhone to your computer. Keep reading to learn more about each method.

How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup or not

Method 1. Recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup

If you are wondering about the way without the using of iTunes or iCloud backup, you can choose one of the best iPhone data recovery software such as Cisdem iPhone Recovery to restore deleted iPhone messages. Cisdem iPhone Recovery for Mac is such a professional iPhone data recovery tool which allows you to preview and recover deleted calendar events, messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes and reminders on Mac from iOS devices by scanning your device and listing all the marked and hidden files, no iTunes or iCloud backup copy is required.

Download the free trial version of Cisdem iPhone Recovery and follow below detailed tutorials to recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup.

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How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup:

  1. Use USB cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch Cisdem iPhone Recovery on Mac. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" option, this iPhone data recovery will detect your device. Once detected, the current device name, device type and iOS version will be displayed on the interface of the software.
  2. Click "Start" button. From this moment, Cisdem iPhone Recovery starts to scan the whole files of your iPhone. After scanning, you can see all extracted files. Then choose “Messages” item to preview all found messages.
  3. After you preview the messages, select the messages you want to recover. You can select all messages with one click. Then click “Recover” and a small window will pop up for you to choose the output file type. HTML, Excel, Word, Numbers, and Pages format are also supported. At last, click “Save” to save your recovered iPhone messages.

Method 2. How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone using iCloud

Before you get iPhone text messages from iCloud, does iCloud backup text messages? Absolutely yes! As we all know, iCloud can backup iPhone or iPad files including: 

  • App data
  • Apple Watch backups
  • Call history
  • Device settings
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup)
  • Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch1
  • Purchase history from Apple services, like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books2
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup)

Another thing you have to make sure is that this option isn't available for everyone. Some phone carriers have this option locked down, and iCloud SMS backup is not available for all countries. If you have backed up your messages to iCloud, you can use below steps to recover iPhone lost or deleted messages from iCloud.

  1. Login to https://icloud.com with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click on Text Messages (if messages are not showing, it means that your messages haven't been backed up, so this option is not available for you, you have to turn to the Cisdem iPhone Recovery for help).
  3. If the messages are there, find the ones you need. Now go to your iPhone and choose Settings, select “iCloud” on your iPhone.Turn off Text Messages and you'll see a pop-up. Select “Keep on My iPhone”.
  4. Now turn back on text messages. Tap “Merge”, and wait. After a few minutes the deleted text messages should appear back on your iPhone.

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Method 3. How to recover deleted messages from iPhone using iTunes

This works only if you automatically back up your iPhone to iTunes. If not, you’d better turn to Method 1.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac with which you sync it and open iTunes.
  2. You should see your iPhone in a box at the top right corner. Select your iPhone.
  3. Check the date when your last backup is created. If you want to restore your iPhone to your previously created backup, click “Restore backup”.
  4. All the data you previously backed up will now replace the data on your phone. It will take a few minutes. As long as you have backed up your messages before you delete them, they should now appear in the normal messaging list on your iPhone.

Recover lost text messages on iPhone-from iTunes backup

You can also use Cisdem iPhone Recovery to recover iPhone text messages from iTunes backup files, using Cisdem iPhone Recovery is more convenient and faster for you to recover deleted files from iPhone including iPhone 8 or iPhone X, follow below steps to use this iPhone data recovery to retrieve deleted text messages from iTunes backup.

  1. Launch Cisdem iPhone Recovery, and choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” mode, then select an iTunes backup file to recover and click “New Scan”.
  2. After this application deeply scans your files, you can select “Message” and click “Recover” to recover text messages you deleted before.

In conclusion, if you back up your iOS device to iCloud or iTunes, you can choose Method 2 and Method 3 to help you retrieve your deleted iPhone messages. If you haven’t backup your messages or text conversations, don’t worry, Method 1 will help you to recover deleted text messages from iPhone without backup.

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12 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Allan Sampson

    Tried this iPhone data recovery, and I found many messages, contacts, photos I lost two days ago. Then I bought a license, it recovered the files I need.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Stanly

    Can I recover deleted messages from IOS devices?iPhone 6, iOS 9.2.1

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, Stanly, Cisdem iPhoneRecovery is sure to help you recover deleted messages from your iPhone 6. You can have a try!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Jenny pineda

    How can i read My Text that is still sabe On mu Message from 8 Month ago i keep trying to go back But when i get to The 6 Month it backs Up to last convo We had

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Maggie

    can you do the Cisdem system on a windows computer if you download the Mac app ??

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, Maggie, this app is only for Mac, you can't run it on Windows.

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Brely

    I lost all my messages when I updated my iphone to iOS 9 beta, i tried many ways to retrieve lost messages, but cisdem iphone recovery did recover all lost messages, thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Benny

    What a nice article. I just downloaded and tried the trial version, i followed the detailed steps to recover my text messages, it really worked. I’m so happy with the results.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Jassic

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    4 years ago REPLY
  • Dane

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    4 years ago REPLY
  • Timmy

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    4 years ago REPLY
  • nylon

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    4 years ago REPLY