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Your iPhone Has a Hidden Feature That Let You Recover Deleted Text Messages Without Having to Restore

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For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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We’ve all been there: trying to clear up space on your iPhone, you accidentally delete a text message that you meant to keep.

Maybe it was a hilarious meme from a friend or an important reminder, like a doctor’s appointment.

Don’t worry—the Messages app has a hidden feature that can help restore deleted text messages for up to 30 days.

Think of it as a 30-day backup for your deleted messages. It’s called “Recently Deleted,” and it’s a lifesaver to get those messages back without having to restore your iPhone.

Here’s the cool part: accessing it is super simple, provided you know where to look for it. This guide will show you how.

Let’s get started.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on an iPhone

You can find all your deleted text messages within the Messages app. Follow these steps.

1. Open your Messages app.

2. Look for “Edit” in the top left corner (or “Filters” if you have message filtering turned on).

To turn on Filters on iMessage, go to Settings > Messages > scroll down and toggle on Filter Unknown Senders.

Head back to Messages, and you’ll notice the button in the top left corner has transformed from “Edit” to “Filters.”

Don’t worry; both buttons essentially do the same thing – allowing you to access your deleted messages.

3. There, you’ll see “Show Recently Deleted.” Click on it, and voila! All the texts you’ve deleted in the past month will be displayed and ready to be retrieved.

4. You can choose to recover all the deleted messages from this folder or just the one you need.

Finding a specific message is easy—browse through the list. Once you spot the deleted message you’re looking for, tap on it and select “Recover.”

Your recovered messages will appear in your inbox in the order they were originally sent or received.

This means you might need to do some scrolling, especially if the messages are older and buried under newer conversations.

Check Your Other Apple Devices

But what if you deleted the message more than 30 days ago? Don’t worry, all hope isn’t lost. There are a few things you can try to retrieve your deleted messages.

If you have another Apple device synced to your account, like an iPad or Mac, the message might still be sitting in its inbox. It’s worth checking those devices, just in case.

So, next time you accidentally delete a text, remember—it might not be gone forever.

With just a few taps, you can find the deleted texts on your device and recover them within the Messages app.

We hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Writer, Smart Home

For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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