Have you lost some of your text messages and would like to get them back? Well, if you have a backup in iCloud, there are two ways to recover the text messages. This article will address both methods in a clear and concise manner. This is to not only make it easy for you to get your messages back but also to highlight the fundamental differences between the methods.
Method 1 Reset and Restore the Device from iCloud
The easiest way to get your messages back if you have an iCloud backup is to restore the device to this backup. The following is how to do it.
Step 1: Begin by resetting the device. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings
Step 2: Once this is done, you should see the set-up screen. Follow the instructions until you get to the “Apps & Data” screen. Here, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup.”
Step 3: Sign in to iCloud and select a backup. Ensure that the device remains connected to a Wi-Fi network and wait for the process to be completed.
Method 2 Retrieve Text Messages from iCloud via a 3rd-party Tool
While restoring your device to an iCloud backup might be a quick and easy solution, it does have its drawbacks. First of all, you have to erase the contents and settings currently on your device to do it. This could lead to loss of data that was not included in the backup. You are also unable to view the backup or select the specific text messages you would like to restore.
This is why a third-party tool like iMyFone D-Back might be a better option for you. The main advantage of using D-Back is you can selectively recover the data because you can view the data in the iCloud backup and select the specific messages you would like to recover. You also won’t lose any data during the recovery process.
The following are some of its features.
- Recovers deleted messages and up to 22 other file types from the iPhone, iTunes or iCloud backup
- Recovers data regardless of the reason the data was lost in the first place. It can recover data lost due to accidental deletion, jailbreak gone wrong, iOS upgrade or virus attack.
- It’s preview function allows for selective data recovery.
- Supports all iOS devices and all versions of the iOS system.
Here’s how to use iMyFone D-Back to recover deleted text messages from an iCloud Backup.
Step 1: Download and install the program to your computer and then run it. From the main window, select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then click “Start.” In the nest window, select “Message” as the type of data to recover and then click “Next.”
Step 2: Sign in to iCloud and then choose the relevant iCloud backup file. Click “Next” to allow the program to scan the backup file for the missing messages.
Step 3: Once the scan is complete, select the messages you wish to recover from the results presented and then click “Recover.” Select a location on your computer to save the recovered messages.
Here’s the Comparison Table of the two methods.
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