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How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

How do I retrieve deleted text messages on My iPhone 11 Pro Max? They are important to me. Please help.  – Patrick Whiterrizer

Text Messaging App is one kind of the most used apps in our lives today. iMessages, SMS, MMS messages, and lots of Instant Chat messages should mean a lot to us. We communicate with people who matter to us or we care a lot or communicate with significant, private, and secure service via using the messaging app. How to recover text messages when you accidentally delete them on your iPhone?

How to Retrieve deleted text messages from iPhoneIf you do regular backups on your iPhone via iCloud or iTunes, or with software, this is not a big problem to recover deleted messages via the corresponding way. When you do not have any backups, there is a chance for you to recover with iPhone data recovery software in Part 2.

In the article, we will show you four simple ways to recover deleted text messages. These ways work for all iPhone models including iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro(Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max), iPhone X/8/7/6, and more previous models.

Part 1: Recover text message from iTunes/Finder backup on your Mac or PC.

Generally, you have either iCloud backup or iTunes/Finder backup turning on at the same time. You can switch backup via the two ways whenever you like.

For those who back up the iPhone through iTunes or Finder, you can apple this way to retrieve text messages. Likewise, your iPhone data will be overwritten by the iTunes backup for message recovery.

itunes backup screen

  1. Open iTunes or Finder.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer and locate it on iTunes or Finder. When asked, tap Trust on your phone.
  3. Choose Restore Backup and turn off Find My on your handset. Pick the most relevant backup. Confirm it.
  4. Wait and your iPhone will be restored and overwritten by the data of that day. Follow the onscreen steps to finish the setup. When complete, check if you have got the back from the messages app. If you have backed up them successfully, they should be there.

Part 2: Recover via Third-Party iPhone Data Recovery software.

Option 1: Recover from iPhone.

If you haven’t back up your iPhone on any platform or apps, you can try this SD iPhone Data Recovery software, which should recover your text messages from the iPhone device.

Advantage of this method:

The free trial version of the app lets you view the scan results of the iPhone. Besides SMS, MMS, iMessage, you can recover instant chat messages like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Viber, Line, Facebook Messenger, and other text messages and also attachments of videos and photos. In fact, this app is a comprehensive iPhone data recovery to recover other important files like contacts, voice memos, Notes, Reminders, and more.

To retrieve missing text messages in this way, free download and install it on your Mac or PC.

Step 1: Install it and launch it on the computer. Go to “iPhone Data Recovery” > “Recover from iOS Device”. 

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Step 2: Plug into your iPhone to the Mac or PC with USB.

Step 3: Click scan and wait for the app to scan almost all types of files on your iPhone including text messages.

recover deleted messages on iPhone 7

Step 4: When the progress bar of the scanning process is complete, select from the left menu Messages, then scroll down to find out and preview which specific messages you need to recover on the right screen.

scanning results of imessages

Step 5:Click Recover. Later, open the folder to view the recovered messages or photos, videos, and other type files on your computer.

Step 6: Save the recovered messages and view them on your computer.

When the recovering process is finished, the app will open the saved folder automatically for you. Click the files to check the messages. You can search from the messages file easily.

Open recovery folder
Open recovery folder next
view messages as .csv format
View messages in .csv format
view messages as local .html format.
View recovered messages in local .html format.

Option 2: Recover from iTunes backups or iCloud backups with this third-party software.

SD iPhone Data Recovery. the same tool as option 1 if you have downloaded and install it, directly go to step 1.

Step 1: Start the app, go to iPhone Data Data Recovery.start

Step 2: Choose Recover from iTunes Backup File module.

recover from iTunes backup file

Step 3: Click Start and the software will scan the whole backup file with its algorithm and lists them for your preview. The program lists nearly all the file types including messages. Locate messages from the left pane.

scanning results of imessages

Step 4. Click Recover and choose the folder to save your recovered messages or save them in the default folder. Don’t worry, when finished, the program can open the folder automatically for you.

You can see from the snapshots that the messages files are saved as a .csv or a .html file with the attachments of the messages. Search the documents to find your recovered deleted messages.

Recover from iTunes Backup File - folder opened when finished recovery
The folder opened when finished recovery
Folder files - recovery
Folder files – recovery


view messages as .csv format
View messages in .csv format
view messages as local .html format.
View messages in .csv format

Part 3:Restore deleted text messages from iCloud Backup (without a computer).

By picking this way, you are able to recover your iPhone to the snapshot with the specific date of backup which was presented with messages. Nevertheless, you may suffer from data loss, losing the data after that day on your iPhone.

The way to restore your iPhone text messages through iCloud backup is to completely erase your iPhone and later restore it with iCloud backup if you have one.

1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Tap Erase All Content and Settings, when asked, enter your passcode to confirm.

2. Wait during the restart and reset process when your iPhone is downloading the iOS software and re-setup. Once it comes to the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud backup. Pick the most relevant backup.

Restore from icloud backup to set up a new ipad

3. Follow the on-screen steps and wait for the process to complete. When asked for your Apple ID & password, do it to proceed.

Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi or Cellular Network and having enough power, when reboot, it will redownloading the apps & data to your iPhone. Depending on the size of the backup and the network speed, it might take a few minutes or an hour to complete.

4. When your iPhone opens, go to the Messages app to find your lost messages.

Part 4. Retrieve deleted messages from your ISP or Cell Phone Service Provider.

If you have no luck restoring your text messages from the above three methods, there is still another way to try. As a last resort, you can turn to your internet service provider to access your private text messages. Either call them or go to the local service store or online official store. As this special year of 2020, many companies have reinforced the online service or store. You are entitled to obtain your text messages or call history by entering your account or identity verification information.

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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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