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How to Get Back Deleted Messages on iPhone

-- Monday, March 16, 2015
If you run to Apple support asking how to retrieve deleted texts on iPhone 7/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus, your answer will inevitably be: get them back from an earlier backup on iTunes or iCloud that still had the text message. That answer makes no difference if you have no backup. Besides, restoring to earlier backups will mean deleting more current data from your device. Go on and read this article, because the answer you'll get here is: what is done can be undone.

There is now an app gaining its ground in recovering iOS data, an app named iPhone Data Recovery. It can access your iTunes or iCloud backups to extract SMS, or directly scan your device for data that have been deleted but not yet overwritten.

Install the demo version on your Mac or Windows PC. It takes only a few seconds.

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Part 1: Recover Deleted SMS on iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus

If you have never backed up your iPhone, this would be your only viable option to get back your iOS data.

Step 1 Download the Recovery Program
Install the program on your PC by following the on-screen instructions. After that, open it and connect your handset with USB cable. You can click on Start Scan right after your device was recognized by your PC.

Recover iPhone Data

Step 2 Scan Lost Data
The duration the scanning process varies from a few seconds to several minutes depending on how much data your device has. When it is done, your SMS, MMS and iMessages will be readable on the main window.

iPhone SMS Recovery

Step 3 Select and Recover Texts
iPhone Data Recovery allows you to preview all deleted data before you decide which deleted messages you need to get back. Check the checkbox in front of each text you want to restore and click on Recover button.

Recover iPhone Old Text Messages

Your recovered texts will be saved as CSV and HTML files. Both are readable on Mac and Windows computer.

Part 2: Find Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Before anything, on your iTunes, please click: Edit>Settings>Devices>Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.

Step 1 Scan Previous Backup
Click on Recover from iTunes Backup File on default homepage. Click the backup in which the text is saved and click the Start Scan button.

Get Deleted Messages from iPhone

Step 2 Read Deleted Texts and Restore them
After the above step, select Messages on the left side navigation bar, your texts should then appear on the screen. Tick the box next to whichever item you need and click Recover. Your lost SMS will now saved on your PC and can be later transfer to your device without any existing data being erased.

Retrieve Deleted Messages from iTunes

Part 3: Retrieve Texts from iCloud

Please note that this option is only available if you have previously backed up your iPhone with iCloud.

Step 1 Access to your iCloud Backup
Choose Recover from iCloud Backup File on the homepage, and login to your iCloud account with your ID and password. All your backup files will be listed shortly. Select the one that contains data you want and click Download.

Find iPhone Deleted Messages

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Step 2 Get Lost Data from iCloud
In this step you can see messages deleted from iCloud backup. Take your time to read them and be sure which items you would like to retrieve, after that, click Recover.

Restore Messages from iCloud

Please stop using your iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus until you retrieve the deleted text messages. That way, you are less likely overwriting the deleted data by creating new content on your device.
Other deleted data like contacts, call logs can also be recovered by iPhone Data Recovery (which can be downloaded by clicking the following green icon).
Form a habit of backing up iDevice data to computer.

If you have more similar questions about data retrieving, search on our homepage for more detail tutorials or simply throw them on our comment session. We are here to help.

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Ivy Bruce

Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.