How to Get Messages Back on iPhone

The messages app on our iPhone is considerably important since it contains some vital stuff of ours no matter it is daily conversations or business details. Losing messages, whether due to mistaken tap or resetting the device or maybe corrupted firmware seems to be really troublesome. However, in case you've got into such unpleasant situation and now are baffled for the next action, reading this article will clear all your worries. In this article, we will explain to you how to get messages back on iPhone no matter you've backup or not. Hence, go through it carefully and get your get your old messages back.

1. If You Have No Backup At All

When having no backup, the best way to get messages back on iPhone is using a third-party tool. Here we would like to introduce iMyFone D-Back (compatible with iOS 12) which is designed to recover a wide range of iOS data types in a matter of minutes. You can not just get back messages, you can also get back WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Kik, Viber, contacts, call history, photos, notes, and so on. D-Back has the power to detect and scan your device perfectly and eventually display the results with the deleted data it finds. It gives you the opportunity to recover your deleted data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup, or recovering directly from iOS device when you have no backup. The steps to use the tool to get messages back on iPhone are given below.

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How to Get Messages Back on iPhone via iMyFone D-Back

Step 1 – Open the browser and head to the official website of the program. Launch it thereupon and you will get to the main interface. Click on the 'Recover from iOS Device' tab from the left panel.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2 – Hit on the 'Start' button displaying on the screen now and connect your iOS device as the next step. When your device is detected by the program, click on the 'Next' button to proceed.

connect your device

Step 3 – In the next screen, you will find the data types showing on the screen in a categorized manner. Pick out those you need to recover (in this case, pick out message). Hit on 'Scan' now and your deleted messages will begin to scan by the program.

select data types

Step 4 – On the resultant window, you can preview your data. Just choose the data type from the left panel and get to preview it on the main screen. Choose the messages you want and click on 'Recover' tab given at the right corner. Select the destination folder on your computer to store the messages and all of them will be recovered in a while.

preview iPhone messages

2. If You Have iTunes or iCloud Backup

2.1. Get Only Messages from iTunes/iCloud Backup Back on iPhone

Living in this digital age, most people take backup to deal with such problem in a hassle-free way. If you're one of those, the best way to get old messages back on iPhone from backup is iMyFone iTransor (iOS 12 supported). It is the best and the most convenient backup and restore tool that gives the users the flexibility to backup or restore iPhone fully and selectively. Putting in other words, you can backup or restore either your whole iPhone or just partial data such as WhatsApp, Messages, WeChat, Contacts. It supports all iOS devices and has Windows and Mac versions. The steps are as follows.

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Step 1 – Download the tool from the main and official website and install it. When the installation gets completed, go for the 'Restore Backup to Device' tab on the left panel. You will now receive the list of backups made by you earlier. Hit on the needed iCloud or iTunes backup that contains your messages and hit 'Next'.


Step 2 – Then you need to choose 'Restore Partial Backup' on the next screen.


The next screen will provide you the data types to choose from. Click on 'Messages' and now select the one you need from 'Preview & Restore' and 'Directly Restore' options. Move to the fourth step if you have chosen the latter tab. If you've picked the former option, follow the third step and then the next.


Step 3 – You will be allowed to preview your messages from the next screen. After confirming there are the messages you want to get back, click 'Restore' option.


Step 4 – On the next screen, you will see two options namely, 'Merge' and 'Replace'. Hence, choose the one that suits you and complete the process of getting the messages back on iPhone.


2.2. Get Old Messages Back on iPhone by Restoring iTunes or iCloud Backup

You can also restore iTunes or iCloud backups to your device using the sources itself for getting back the messages. Please note that the other data on your device will be overwritten by the backup. The following section will show you the tutorials for both. Let's get started one by one.

Follow the steps below to get old messages back on iPhone when you have made backup with iTunes.

  • Firstly, launch iTunes and connect your iOS device with the PC.
  • On successful connection, make sure to click on the device icon at the top in the iTunes interface.
  • Hit on 'Summary' tab now and go to 'Restore Backup'. Choose a backup that contains your old messages. This way your messages will be back to you.

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Here are the steps to get messages back on iPhone by restoring iCloud backup.

  • Firstly, go to 'Settings' and tap 'General'.
  • Now, hit on 'Reset' followed by 'Erase All Contents and Settings'.
  • Now, turn off your device and turn it back on.
  • You will reach to the setup screen. When you find the 'Apps & Data' screen, you need to tap on 'Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Enter the same iCloud credentials and choose the backup to get your messages back.

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