3 Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Many iPhone users may have stored some important messages on their phones such as vouchers or some special messages your loved ones have sent you. If they are accidentally deleted by you or your children, you will often be annoyed. Any ways to get the deleted messages recovered? No worries at all, in fact, these deleted information can be recovered in three ways. The first method is to recover deleted text messages from iCloud. The second option is to back up through the iTunes software in advance and then restoring it to the mobile phone. The final method is to directly scan and recover the file for storing SMS on the iPhone through some data recovery software. Let’s dive into them one by one.

The Mechanism of SMS Recovery

Before guiding you through the detailed steps, let’s see why the deleted SMS can be recovered. Actually, after the mobile phone message is deleted, the data block is not immediately destroyed from the database file. And only when a new message is received, the data block is randomly covered. So when the real data file is deleted, the fragment file still exists in the database, so the real SMS content can be extracted from the fragment file. Based on these, deleted mobile phone text messages can be recovered.

Method 1: Recover SMS from iCloud backup

If you have backed up the messages on your iCloud account. That’s good news since you can directly recover from the iCloud backup.

So first make sure that you have turned on the iCloud backup through: Phone Settings -> Name -> iCloud -> iCloud Cloud Backup. When iCloud Backup is turned on, the phone will automatically back up the files while connecting to the WiFi network and while the phone has enough power. And also you need to make the iCloud storage has enough space.

After the backup, if there is a text message accidentally deleted, you can log into the iCloud. After putting in the apple id, check the backup SMS record and select the record to be restored and download to the mobile phone.

Method 2: Restore text message from iTunes backup

If there are some important SMS messages (such as loan documents) on the mobile phone that you are afraid that you might accidentally delete them, you can back them up to the computer in advance, by connecting the mobile phone to the computer and then opening the iTunes software on the computer. Then back up all the contents of the phone to the computer. Note: If you did not back up before deleting the SMS, please refer to Method 3 for SMS recovery.

After backup, just connect the phone to your computer again via USB cable, and click on the device icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes window and view your mobile device. Select the backup you want to restore and export to your phone.

Method 3. Through third-party data recovery tool

If you do not have a backup beforehand, you can try the data recovery software to retrieve the deleted information.

First, install the third-party data recovery tools on your computer. The recovery steps are always easy and straightforward. All you need to do is to open the software and connect the iPhone with the deleted SMS to your computer. Then find the recover function on the program. Click on the scan options and then wait for the software to work on itself. The scanning process always takes some time according to your phone. When the scanning is over, just select the files you need and choose to recover. There are quite a lot of options for third-party data recovery tools. To name a few:

1. iMobie PhoneRescue

iMobie PhoneRescue, as the name suggests, is a great data recovery tools for your iPhone. It can help recover all kinds of deleted or lost data on your phone, including photos, contacts, videos and much more. Of course, it also recover your deleted messages without any hassle. It recovers even from damaged backups and also fixes iOS crashes. It should be a great option for you to help recover messages in different situations.

2. EaseUS MobiSaver

EaseUS MobiSaver is another option for you to recover deleted messages from iPhones. The recovery steps are very easy, including scanning the phone and then choosing the files you need to recover.  The supported devices include most of the iPhone, including the latest one like iPhone XS/XR. You can use it to recover various data including contacts, photos, videos, notes, call history, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks, Kik messages, messages, and WhatsApp chat history. So this will worth a try if you find the above not working.

3. Aiseesoft Fonelab

Aiseesoft Fonelab is a piece of phone data recovery software which supports recovering iPhone on Windows and Mac. It can recover up to 19 types of phone data including text messages and others like call logs, and all kinds of media files like photos, videos, music, etc. You can recover data from the latest iPhone XS too through different options like recovering from iPhone directly, iTunes and iCloud backup.


The first and second method can achieve 100% recovery. In the third method, the recovery possibility is related to mobile phone usage habits and many factors. The rate of recovery is from 0% to 100%. After repeated operations, the content and quantity of recovery vary.

This is the full introduction of recovering deleted text messages on your iPhone. The best practice to do is to back up your phone data regularly so that when you accidentally delete those files, you can still directly recover from your iCloud or iTunes with no need to resort to any third party tools to help.

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