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How to Recover Accidentally Deleted iMessage Conversations on an iPhone 7?

Accidentally deleted iMessage conversation on My iPhone, can you recover iMessages on iPhone? HELP. – Lily Ryon(from one of our reader)

if you accidentally deleted an entire iMessage conversation or you have regretted doing that, can you recover iMessages on iPhone, like Lily? Take heart – you can recover your accidentally deleted iMessages conversations. Read on to get your deleted iMessages back. In this article, we take the iPhone 7 for example. Nevertheless, the solution is still compatible with the other iPhone models.

iMessage is an alternative to SMS and MMS messaging for most iDevice users for its convenience. It is the instant messaging service developed by Apple. Unlike paid SMS, you can send pictures or text messages through iMessage to any iOS or Mac device for free, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection and the person you’re messaging also has an iPhone or Mac. If an iPhone user sends messages to the mobile number (equipped with Android or other OS) is not set up with iMessages, the message will seamlessly transition from iMessage to SMS. It is easy to delete messages from the iMessage app, just swipe to left and tap the Delete button. Let’s walk through how to recover accidentally deleted iMessages from iPhone.

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Recover deleted iMessages Conversations on iPhone 7

Part 1: Recover deleted iMessages via SD iPhone Data Recovery(without restoring your iPhone 7).

 You deleted your text messages but you did not actually clear them out, you can recover them from the database on your iPhone 7 memory with this software.

SD iPhone Data Recovery is a flexible app to recover so many kinds of iPhone data besides text messages, such as contacts, notes, photos, music, calendar, voice memos, safari bookmarks, messages from instant chat apps among Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, and Line, WeChat, etc. This is one of the most popular pieces of software with a high reputation among a number of iOS users.

To use this software, free download and install it on your PC or Mac.

Three phrases can be used to describe the whole process: Scan the iPhone, Choose the iMessages Conversations, and Recover messages.

1. Scan the iPhone:

Start the app and plug your iPhone 7 to your computer via a USB cable. When connected, go to Recover from iOS Devices module on the start page, and Click Start scan. This app will scan all the content of your iPhone including various types. The process will hold for a while. Stay your iPhone 7 connected during the scanning process, or else the program will interrupt and you have to start over.

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recover deleted messages on iPhone 7

2. Choose the iMessage Conversations

When the scanning process finished, the progress bar will disappear from the top. The software shows you a file directory on the left pane. Choose Messages or Messages attachments according to your needs. Preview the lost iMessage conversations from the right side of the window. Tick them, and click Recover.

scanning results of imessages

3. Recover messages.

The software will show you the folder destination to store recovered messages on your computer, confirm the path, or change it so that you can easily find the folder. Finally, you should soon view and access your iMessage conversations there.

Part 2: Find your Accidentally deleted iMessages via your Other iOS Devices or Mac.

iMessages on iCloud offers a convenient way to sync your iMessages across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you have other iDevices with entering the same Apple ID and have messages using iCloud enabled, you can find your deleted iMessages there. If you want to re-download the deleted messages, try to turn off messages using iCloud and then turn on the switch again. Waiting for a while for your iPhone 7 to redownloading and syncing iMessages. Go to Settings > iCloud > Messages, and toggle the switch off and on again there.

Part 3: Recover your deleted iMessages via iCloud backup or iTunes backup (with restoring your iPhone 7)

If you have backed up your iPhone 7 to your computer or iCloud, you can recover your deleted messages by restoring to one of the backups. Restoring here means your iPhone data will be replaced by the data at the time of the backup. You might probably lose your data after that day. And all the content will be overwritten by the backup.

Option 1: Restore from iCloud backup (without a computer)

Before you start, you’ll need to erase all the data on your iPhone.

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Tap and confirm to reset your iPhone 7. Then the iPhone 7 will start to resetting and downloading the latest iOS app.

Power it on to ensure enough power. Try to be patient during the process.

When you see the Apps & Data Screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup. Then sign in with your Apple ID credentials and set up others. Head for the iMessage app to access your recovered deleted messages.

Restore from icloud backup to set up a new ipadOption 2: Restore from iTunes (or Finder) backup on your PC or Mac.

To use this method, first, turn off Find My on your iPhone 7.

Go to settings > [your name] > Find My > Find My iPhone. Tap it to turn off Find My iPhone on your iPhone 7.

Start iTunes and plug your iPhone 7 into the computer via a USB cable.

Click the iPhone icon on the top left corner of the iTunes screen and go to the Summary page.

Click the Restore Backup button within the backup section. In the pop-up windows, select the related backup and confirm restore. Keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer.

itunes backup screenYou’re done! Hope you bring back your valuable iMessages on your iPhone 7.

Two bonus Tips:

1. How to avoid losing your messages on your iPhone?

Make sure to back up your iPhone 7 regularly via your comfortable form to avoid data loss. Read our guide about how to back up your iPhone 7 2020. No matter what methods you choose, the best one is that it works for you.

2. Ensure your iMessages aren’t set to delete automatically.

The Message app lets users choose the retention time for messages. Some people may opt to keep the message for 30 days and the messages will be deleted automatically after 30 days. Change the messages keeping time here: Settings>Messages. Scroll down and find Messages History Section, Tap Keep Messages, tap 1 year, or Forever as your liking.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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