How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without/from Backup

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I want to recover text messages accidently deleted from my 32G iPhone 4. I tried the spotlight thing but nothing showed up. When I deleted them by mistake, I taped DELETE AND SWIPE METHOD. Please help to recover deleted text messages iPhone if it is possible. —— Caroline

Sometimes, what you lost in the text messages are so important for your work or daily life that you are under great pressure and want to recover deleted iPhone text messages instantly. Sometimes you lost some important messages even without making any backups before and want to know how to recover deleted iPhone messages without backup. Here are 3 methods for you on how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/4s/4 without backup or from backup. Go on with it and seek for the useful information.


The first thing you need to do once losing iPhone text messages is to stop using your iPhone in case any new data overwrite the lost data.

1. Recover Deleted iPhone Messages From iTunes

To recover deleted text messages iPhone from iTunes backups can be a little risky because new SMS since last Sync will disappear. All text messages will be replaced by the text messages backups after you click Restore Backup. If you are OK with this, then you can continue to recover deleted iPhone messages from iTunes backups.

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2. Recover Deleted iPhone Text Messages From iCloud

You may get to know that Spotlight Search can show you the deleted text messages, but you still can’t open or recover them. However, this function can help you to locate the deleted text messages faster so that you can recover deleted iPhone text messages from iCloud quicker. To make sure text messages is available for Spotlight Search, you need to check in Settings> General> Spotlight Search, and make sure Message is checked. If you can’t remember the first sentence of the deleted text messages or the sender, you can use Spotlight Search with the keyword in the SMS. This can save your time to search for the text messages you need in the iCloud backups.

Recover Deleted iPhone Text Messages from iCloud

It’s a pity that iCloud doesn’t backup all the text messages for all users, so this method may not apply to all people. If you have uploaded your text messages for backups, then the possibilities are you can succeed in performing the recovery.

Step 1: Before to recover deleted text messages on iPhone from iCloud, you need to make sure the deleted text messages have been saved in the backups after you login and check in Text Messages.

Step 2: Then you need to open iCloud in your iPhone to tap off text messages and choose Keep on My iPhone.

Step 3: After this, you need to click Merge on the iCloud Messages page after you select the messages you want to recover.

Step 4: You will see the deleted text messages back on your iPhone after several minutes.

3. Recover Deleted Text Messages On iPhone Without Backup

Forgot to back up your text messages to iCloud or iTunes before they are accidentally deleted? No need to be frustrated any more. iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery Win and iPhone Data Recovery Mac can help you retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone without backup in just three steps even there is no backup files.

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1 Select text messages and connect your iOS device

Run the program on your computer, choose “Message” from “Recover from iOS device” and iMyfone D-Back will prompt you to connect your iOS device to the PC. By doing this, smart scan will begin to greatly reduce the scan time.

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And of course, you can select multiple file types to scan and recover.

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2 Scan and Preview the deleted text messages

After a few minutes'scan, iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery will show the whole text messages on your iPhone for your preview. To make the results easier for search, you can tap on Show only the deleted ones on the top box of the interface.

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3 Recover deleted iPhone text messages

After you choose the deleted text messages and click on “Recover”, and the program will let you choose one folder to store the text messages you need. And shortly, your deleted text messages are back.

And besides text messages, iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery Win and iPhone Data Recovery Mac can also recover other file types for iPhoneiPad and iPod Touch, such as photosvideoscontacts and more. Why not give it a shot? Free download is available now.

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  • Gregory Gary

    Will this retrieve the text messages from the phone and any messages I’ve stored on the SIM card?

    • Hello Gregory, iMyfone D-Back can help you retrieve text messages, iMessages, Skype messages, WhatsApp messages, Kik messages and Wechat messages from your iPhone. Just download the free trail to scan and preview the messages :)

  • Oliver

    I don’t understand. If I restore the entire iTunes backup I would be asked to restore everything? but i only want to restore text messages in my iTunes backup. What should i do?

    • Hello Oliver, no worry. You could choose “Recover from iTunes backup” mode of our software. This recovery mode will help you extract text messages from iTunes backup selectively without overwriting data on your iPhone.

  • Gonzalez

    If I already have the program downloaded, do I still need internet to recover the old text messages without back-up?

    • Hello Gonzalez, you don’t need internet to recover the old text messages without backup by choosing recovery mode – “Recover from iOS Device”. Any further inquiry, please feel free to let us know.

  • George

    I have an apple iphone 4 and deleted all texts from one person by mistake. How can I get them back?I’ve never done any back up.

    • Hello George, you can download iMyfone D-Back and choose the recovery mode “Recover from iOS device” to check whether your deleted text messages can be detected and displayed by using trail version of our product. Good luck to you!

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