No doubt, messages are important for phone users. It is crucial to retain them for future reference. However, mistakes sometimes do happen, and you may end up deleting your messages. For this reason, you might want to know "Does iCloud backup deleted text messages". Fortunately, in this article, you will find the answer and the way to view or retrieve deleted text messages.

Part 1. Does iCloud Backup Deleted Text Messages?

The answer to the question can be a Yes or a No. In a word, it depends.

Once you've set up your iCloud account and enabled the iCloud backup function, your device will automatically back up data every 24 hours when your iPhone is connected to the network or plugged in to a power source.

In case you've enabled the iCloud backup before the text messages getting deleted, then you can find the deleted text messages from the previous iCloud backup. However, it won't back up your deleted text messages on condition that the iCloud backup is disabled.

Part 2. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iCloud

You may wonder if it is possible to view or recover deleted text messages in iCloud backup since it can back up deleted text messages. Yes, you can. On the assumption that iCloud backs up your deleted text messages, you can restore your device from iCloud backup to get them back and view them freely later.

Step 1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on your name.

Step 3. Select iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. Check if the backup predates the deletion of your text messages. If so, you can continue to erase and restore your iPhone with the iCloud backup.

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Step 4. Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 5. Choose Erase All Contents and Settings.

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Step 6. A confirmation menu will pop out, click on Erase Now to wipe out everything on your iPhone.

Step 7. Your iPhone will reboot with a list of options, from which choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

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Step 8. Sign into iCloud by entering the password asked for.

Step 9. Choose the appropriate backup you want to recover.

Once you've successfully restored your iPhone from an older iCloud backup, all your data should be back to your iPhone, including the deleted text messages. You can get back to the message app to view them freely now.


  • You should ensure that the iCloud backup you choose to recover data from includes the deleted text messages.
  • You can only view the deleted messages after restoring the whole backup to your device.
  • All types of data in iCloud backup will be restored, not only text messages.
  • Restoring from iCloud backup will overwrite all the existing data on your iPhone.

Part 3. View/Recover Deleted Messages without iCloud

Q: In case that iCloud didn't back up your delete text messages, is it possible to view and recover them?

A: Yes. You can recover deleted messages from your device instead. But it will require a third-party tool.

When you delete text messages on your iOS device, iOS just moves the messages from the "Allocated" category to the "Unallocated" category. The actual data still sits on your device until gets overwritten by new data. Therefore, you can view and recover deleted text messages directly from your device without iCloud. But it will require a tool to realize.

The third-party tool we recommend for viewing deleted messages without iCloud is iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery. What's more, you can recover deleted/lost messages from iPad or iPhone easily. The following are the features of it:

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Key Features:

  • Directly see/retrieve deleted text messages from device without iCloud.
  • It can selectively or fully recover text messages and allows you to free preview them before the recovery.
  • It also supports to view text messages from iTunes backup , no matter deleted or existing.
  • It does not overwrite current data on your device.
  • Compatible with the latest iOS 14 and iPhone 12/11/11 Pro (Max).

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Steps to View/Recover Deleted Text Messages Directly from Device without iCloud

Step 1: Run iMyFone D-Back on your computer. On the left-hand panel, click on Recover from iOS Device and then Start.

Recover from iOS Device

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the PC, click Next.

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Step 3: Choose the files you would like to recover. Here you need to choose Message, but remember that you can choose other types of data if you want.

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Step 4: After the scan is completed, you should see your text messages displayed. You can preview and find your deleted texts. You can also simply click the Recover button and select a location on your Mac or PC to store the deleted messages.

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Bonus Tip: Get Back Deleted Messages Using Messages in iCloud Feature

If you've enabled the sync option of Messages in Settings, then all your text messages would be stored in Apple's Cloud service. This enables you to sync messages across all iOS devices and download messages from iCloud freely. Nonetheless, all changes on your device will also be uploaded to iCloud Drive. That means, once you delete a text message from your iPhone, it will be deleted from iCloud Drive as well. Anyway, you can take a chance. Sometimes the synchronization might stop due to an unstable network. Here’s how to download text messages and view them.

Step 1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the banner and tap iCloud.

Step 3. Switch Messages off. A pop prompt will be asking you if you would like to download text messages and disable Messages in iCloud, tap "Disable and Download Messages".

Disable and Download Messages

After that, your device will be downloading text messages from your iCloud, and you can view them without hassle.

Wrapping Up

To sum up, you can either view and recover deleted text messages from iCloud backup or directly from device with the options listed above. Since restore deleted text messages from iCloud backup won't allow you to preview the content, you can select the solution in part 2. Any one of them works in different circumstances, choose the one you need.

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