In this hyper-connected world, text messages become a very important way to communication between you and your family, friends and even co-workers. You may assume all the text messages would remain in your iPhone whenever you need them in the future. However, sometimes you may accidentally delete text messages on your iPhone or lose them due to other unexpected reasons. If there is much important information, it would be a disaster for you. So when your iPhone text messages have gone, what can you do to rescue them? In the following, we will share you three ways to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone, iTunes and iCloud backup.
- Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone directly without backup
- Method 2. Get back text messages from iTunes backup
- Method 3. Recover lost text messages from iCloud backup file
The first method is to use a third-party iPhone SMS recovery tool, FoneLab that directly scans and recovers deleted text messages from your iPhone, due to wrong operation like deleting data unconsciously, jailbreak, iOS upgrade or failure, restore factory setting by tapping on "Erase All Content and Settings" option, iPhone damaged/ broken/smashed, etc. Free Download FoneLab, and install on your computer.
Run FoneLab, select Recover from iOS Device mode and connect your iOS device to computer.. Once detected, the current device name and iOS version will be displayed on the interface of the program.
Click "Start Scan" button to begin scanning your device for deleted data on it.
Click "Messages" to view the message details. Checkmark the deleted text messages that you want to retrieve, and click "Recover" to save the restored text messages on your computer in CSV and HTML.
➤ If your device is iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4, you need to download a plug-in according to the prompt, and follow the three steps below to enter scanning mode.
1. Hold your iOS device in hand and click the Start button.
2. Press and hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time for exact 10 seconds.
3. Release Power button and keep holding Home button for another 15 seconds.
➤ Supported iOS 10, this messages recovery program is compatible with iPhone 7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS.
➤ If you also want to recover the deleted attached photos or audio/video files in the text messages, you can click "Message Attachments" to view and regain your deleted text message attachments.
The second way is to get back old iPhone text messages by extracting your iTunes backup file. But the pre-condition is that you have synced your iPhone with iTunes since these messages were received but you haven't synced your iPhone with iTunes since the messages were deleted. Do not sync your iPhone with iTunes before restoring your iPhone messages from your iPhone's backup. And if you are prompted to update your iPhone backup before retrieving these texts, please decline.
Restore iPhone text messages with iTunes
Connect your iPhone to the computer and run the latest iTunes. And iTunes would automatically pop up. If not, please open it manually.
You can see your iPhone icon on the top right hand corner and just choose it.
Then click "Restore iPhone…" button to start restoring. You can see your previously backed up data will replace the data on your iPhone now.
➤ When you use iTunes to restore data in this way, not only text messages, but contacts, photos, notes, call history, etc. in the iTunes backup will also restored automatically at the same time, and replace your present iPhone data.
➤ All iTunes backup files from your iPhone can not be viewed, and you are forcibly to back up or restore with iTunes.
View and retrieve iPhone text messages from iTunes backup with FoneLab
If you do not want to replace your data on your iPhone with the previous iTunes backup, and want to view the text messages before recovering, you can also use the former introduced tool, FoneLab. Steps as follow:
Run the software, select Recover from iTunes Backup File mode.
All iTunes backup files will be all listed in the left list area including information about device name, Last backup date and serial number.
Select the backup file you want to recover and then click "Start Scan" to enter into scanning mode.
After the scan, you can preview all data found on your device in the scan result. The category and number of files will be listed in the left list and the specific content will be displayed on the right panel. Just click Messages option and view the messages on the right panel
Click Recover button to get back your texts to PC.
➤ If you backed up iPhone with encrypted password on iTunes, then you need to enter the password in Step 3 for scanning.
➤ You can view the text messages and select those texts you want to recover to save on your computer.
In this method, you have to make sure you have backed up your iPhone text messages to iCloud.
Get back iPhone text messages with iCloud
Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and then tap on "Erase all Contents and Settings." This will erase all data and take you to the setup screen to allow you to restore the device.
After erasing your iPhone, the device should prompt you to either set it up as a new phone or to restore it from a previous backup. At this screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password and then select a relevant backup. Stay connected to a Wi-Fi network to complete the process.
In this way, the whole iCloud backup will overwrite the current data on your iPhone, including text messages, iMessages, WhatsApp, contacts, photos, call log, and more.
Restore text messages from iCloud backup with FoneLab
If you do not want your iPhone data overwritten, you can still use FoneLab to find texts back from iCloud backup file. Please check the following steps:
Run the software, select Recover from iCloud Backup File mode.
Sign in with your Apple ID and Password, then you can see all icloud backup with this account. Select the iCloud backup file and click "Download" button in the list.
In the pop-up, you can find various file types in the iCloud backup. Here you need to select "Messages" and "Message Attachments" and click "Next" to start the scan.
After the scan, you can preview all the data (including the deleted) found in your iCloud backup file. Click Messages option on the left list and then select the lost text messages you want to restore.
Click Recover to regain and save your SMS in local disc.
Now you can view your deleted text messages from iPhone on your computer.
Lost iMessage conversations on your iPhone or iPad, check Ways to Recover Deleted iMessages from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.