How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Posted March 3rd, 2019 by Martin

Everyday we receive lots of spam messages. And when we clear out thoseunwanted messages, some valuable information is likely to be deleted by accident. Can one recover the deleted text messages that matter?

Generally, you can restore iPhone from backup to get the deleted messages back. But if you are not expecting a full restore or you have no usable iCloud or iTunes backup, a third-party way can help you out. Professional data recovery applications enable you to selectively pick what you really want to recover without a backup. And the good news is that if the text messages are not deleted from iPhone for long, they have a great chance to be recovered.

At the rest of our post, the 3 ways about how to recover deleted text messages from iPhone will be introduced in detail. Have a check now.

Way 1: Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone with iTunes Backup

You must know that in this way, the whole iTunes backup will be restored to iPhone. And make sure the backup that you prepare to restore to iPhone contains the deleted text messages. Then follow the steps:

1. Launch iTunes on computer and plug in your iPhone via a USB cable.

2. Hit the phone-shaped icon when it shows in iTunes and then the “Restore Backup” option.

3. Pick the most relevant iTunes backup according to the backup data and size.

4. Hit “Restore” button and wait for the restore time to finish. Then go to the Messages app to check the text messages.

Way 2: Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone with iCloud Backup

Restoring from iCloud backup requires you to erase all the existing files and data on iPhone. The newly created data, like new photos will be wiped away. Meanwhile, you must make sure the text messages that you want to recover are included in the backup. Check the instructions below:

1. On your iPhone, open Settings app. Navigate to General > Reset to tap the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.

2. Reach the Apps & Data screen and tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

3. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

4. Select the iCloud backup contains the data you need and then wait
for the restore to end. After that, go to Messages app to check if the text messages you need are back.

Way 3: Directly Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone without Backup

One of the professional iPhone data recovery tools – PhoneRescue features with the ability to directly recover deleted text messages from iPhone without any backup. As we all know, that is very hard to achieve. But as long as the deleted text messages haven’t been overwritten by the new data onto your iPhone, they are definitely recoverable. Use PhoneRescue to have a deep scan and see if they still remain on your iPhone. Then you have the decision to recover them or not. Before the detailed steps, let’s know more about PhoneRescue:

Deeply scan your iPhone and find out all the lost or deleted text messages.

Allow you to preview all messages on iPhone and selectively choose the text messages that you are looking for to recover.

Recover the deleted text messages right back to Messages app or to computer for an extra local backup.

The text messages to computer are stored in printable formats of PDF, TXT, or HTML.

Also work as an iPhone backup extractor, available to access both iTunes and iCloud backup, and to extract the text messages in backup to your iPhone or computer.

Now check how it works to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone:

1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS to computer and have it installed. Plug in your iPhone via a USB cable.

2. Choose “Recover from iOS Device” mode on the homepage of PhoneRescue, and click the Right Arrow on the bottom right to proceed.

3. By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck Select All option and then choose only Messages. Click OK to start scanning.

4. When the scanning is finished, select Messages and Messages Attachments. Select “Only list deleted” to preview and read the deleted messages on iPhone. Select the text messages you want to recover and click “To Device/To Computer” button.

5. After the retrieving process, go to your iPhone Messages app to check the recovered text messages. Or check the PhoneRescue Export file folder on your computer desktop if the deleted text messages are recovered successfully.


If you prefer a full backup restore to recover deleted text messages, the iTunes/iCloud method is enough. But if you don’t want to lose any current data on iPhone, PhoneRescue is what you need. When the deleted messages have not been overwritten, it allows you to recover them directly from iPhone without backup. If unfortunately, the messages have been replaced by new data onto your iPhone, PhoneRescue enables you to extract them from iTunes/iCloud backup without restoring iPhone.