How to Recover iPhone Messages with/without Computer

Accidental deletion of data on your device is not uncommon and it can happen at inopportune moments. When you accidentally delete some of the text messages on your device, you can immediately go into panic mode trying to find ways you can get the messages back on to the device or at least access them so you can see them.

But what if you don’t have access to a computer and you still need to recover deleted text messages. In this article, we take a look at some of the options you have when you need to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone without a computer;

Tip 1: How to Recover iPhone Messages without Computer

1.1 Check If You Have Enabled iCloud Backup and Turned on Messages

If you enabled automatic iCloud backup at some point and turned on “Messages” you may likely have a backup of the deleted messages in iCloud. To check if iCloud backup is turned on go to Settings > {Your Name} > iCloud and check if “Messages” is turned on.

If it is, then you can easily recover the messages by simply restoring the iCloud backup. To do that, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: You will need to be on the set-up screen to restore the device. If the device is not new, you can get there by erasing all contents and settings. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. If you want to restore only messages from iCloud backup without resetting your device, try our iTransor backup and restore tool.
  • Step 2: Complete all steps on the Set-up screen until you get to the “Set Up iPhone Screen.” Here, tap on “Restore from an iCloud Backup.”
  • Step 3: Sign in to iCloud using your Apple credentials. Keep the device connected to a Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

restore messages from iCloud backup

1.2 Check If You Have Synced Messages with Other Apple Devices

If you had synced the messages with another Apple device, you can very easily get them back by simply looking for them on the other device. To check if messages are synced with another iOS device, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: On the iPhone, go to Settings > Messages and then check the last sync date to see if it was before the messages got deleted.
  • Step 2: If it is, you can easily find the deleted messages on iCloud from another Apple device.

Synced Messages with Other Apple Devices

Tip 2: How to Recover iPhone Messages with Computer

If the above situations don’t apply to you, the only way you can recover the messages is by using a 3rd-party tool. The main reason why you might be able to recover the messages even without a backup is that when you delete a message, it is not completely removed from the device. Instead, the device just marks it for deletion but it remains on the device.

A data recovery tool will find this hidden file and recover it. But it can only do that when the messages have not been overwritten. To avoid overwriting the messages, avoid using the device since any data generating operation can overwrite the missing data.

One of the best 3rd-party data recovery tools you can use to get your messages back is iMyFone D-Back.

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  • Recover lost iPhone messages without backup or from iTunes/iCloud backups.
  • Support 22+ types of data from iOS device. You can recover deleted photos from iPhone, retrieve deleted messages on iPhone and so on.
  • Support recovery for almost all iOS devices, including recovering data from iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Four modes that can be used as per user's proficiency - Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup. Recover from iCloud Backup.
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  • Step 1: From the main window, select “Recover from iOS Device” and then click “Start” to begin. Select “Message” in the next window as the type of data to recover and then click “Next.”
  • Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables if you haven’t already and wait for the program to detect the device. Click “Scan.”
  • Step 3: When the scanning process is complete, you should see a list of all messages on that device displayed in the next window. Select the messages you want to recover and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

use D-Back to recover deleted iPhone messages

Tip 3: How to prevent losing your Text messages again

The best way to prevent losing your Text messages is to regularly create a backup of the messages on your computer. With a good backup and restore tool like iTransor, this process can be made painless and very easy. You can use it to selectively backup and restore SMS, WhatsApp, Contacts or Wechat data. It can also restore the only SMS from iTunes and iCloud backup.

To use iTransor to create a backup of your text messages, install the program on your computer and then follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: In the program’s main window, click on “Acquire Backup from Device and iCloud” and then click on “Back up Device.”
  • Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and you should see it appear in the next window. To the right, check “Select One or More Data Types” and then ensure “Messages.” Choose the path to save the backup before clicking on “Back Up.”
  • Step 3: Wait for the backup process to be completed. When it is complete, you will receive notification that your data has been successfully backed up.


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