This is a step-by-step guide on how to recover deleted text message on iPhone. Sometimes you may accidentally delete an important text message or a whole thread of text messages in order to free up storage space on your iPhone. If that’s the case for you, there are a few ways you can get your deleted text messages back.
To help you find out how to retrieve deleted text messages from your iPhone, we’ve put together a simple but efficient guide.
Here’re the methods you’ll learn about in this tutorial:
Using iTunes or Finder
Using a third-party tool
Recover a deleted text message on iPhone using iTunes or Finder
iTunes or Finder can help you recover deleted messages only if you’ve enabled the iPhone backup option in advance.
Make sure to check if your latest backup happened before you’ve accidentally deleted the text messages. Otherwise, you’d restore your iPhone for no reason.
To check when your latest iTunes/Finder backup took place:
Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC), open iTunes or Finder (We used a Mac for this guide). Under the “General” tab, you’ll see the date and time of the last backup to this Mac.
Now that you’ve confirmed your deleted message is on your latest iPhone backup, you can proceed to restore your iPhone from this backup.
Recover a deleted text message on iPhone using iCloud
If you’ve backed up your iPhone text messages to iCloud before accidentally deleting them, you may be able to recover those text messages. The steps below will walk you through.
Keep in mind, you’ll need to restore your iPhone to factory settings before setting up your iPhone from the most recent backup. Additionally, you’ll lose any data (photos, videos, messages, etc) you’ve added after the backup. So make sure to save a copy of them.
To restore your iPhone to factory settings, go to your iPhone settings, tap “General”. Then, scroll down and select “Reset” at the bottom of the screen. Next, select “Erase All Contents and Settings”. Your iPhone will restart and will take you through the usual setup.
Select “Restore from iCloud backup” and sign in to your iCloud account. You’ll see a list of all the latest backups. Select the backup before you deleted the texts and restore your iPhone from the backup.
Recover a deleted text message on iPhone using a third-party recovery tool
These two methods are limited to users who had enabled the backup option on their iPhone. But what about if you have not enabled it? Is it possible to recover lost data without a backup? There’re many third-party iOS apps available for iPhone and iPad users to recover their deleted text messages.