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How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iCloud Backup

Apple offers free iCloud backup for you to back up your iPhone automatically on the go. If you already have iCloud backup enabled and your iPhone back up on schedule, then you can probably get your deleted text messages back.  Follow the following steps to retrieve your text messages from iCloud.

Retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud Backup
Retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud Backup

Preparatory work:

To use these methods to recover text messages from iCloud, first, you need to know your iCloud credentials and check if you have your iCloud backup enabled for text messages.

Go to Settings > [your name] >iCloud, scroll down to the messages, if the toggle button next to the messages is moved on to green. Then you have turned on the automatically iCloud on. If not, turn to this guide on how to retrieve text messages from iPhone memory.

Part 1: Use 3rd-Party Software to Retrieve Text Messages from iCloud.

iPhone data recovery is an effective tool to recover text messages on iPhone.  Besides, it is capable of recovering your contacts, calendars, reminders, voice memos, photos music, safari bookmarks and etc.

To get started, first, free download and install this app on your computer.

Step 1: Start the app.

launch connectStep 2, Head for Recover from iCloud Backup File section on the first page.  Sign in with your iCloud credentials. The app advises you don’t connect your device during the recovery in order to avoid the iCloud backup file be modified.

During this process, Tap Trust and enter your two-factor authentication passcode on your iOS device with this Apple ID account if asked and proceed.

recover from iCloud backupStep 3: Select one of the recent backups, including your deleted or lost text messages.

Step 4: Click Recover.

Part 2: Retrieve Deleted Text Messages by Restoring from iCloud Backup.

Pay attention that this method will overwrite your iPhone.  You can’t only selectively restore your messages back, but restore the whole iPhone.

Step 1.  Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

erase all content and settingsYour iPhone will start wiping all its content and settings and restart, taking you through the setup process.

Step 2. On the App & Data window, tap Restore from iCloud backup.

Restore from icloud backup to set up a new ipadStep 3. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 4, Choose the most recent backup. Follow the on-screen directions, If the system updates to the latest version during this process.

Step 5. Stay connected and wait for the progress bar to appear and complete. The time spent depends on the size of the backup and the network speed. Don’t disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon, the progress will pause until you reconnect.

After that, you can download your purchased apps and organize other settings of your iPhone meticulously.

Now, check the messages, or SMS, MMS or iMessage on your message app or text messaging apps.

If this isn’t the case, try to get your text message back from your ISP Provider.


Can you see deleted messages on iCloud?

No, you can’t see deleted messages on iCloud or Nevertheless, you can preview your text messages before restoring on the SD iPhone Data Recovery app mentioned in Part 1.

Can you undo deleted text on iPhone?

No. You have to undelete text messages by recovering them. There isn’t a recent delete function or Recycle Bin for messages.

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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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