How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4

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Even social network apps are popular among iPhone users, text messages are still playing an important role in our daily life. The text messages with our beloved people remain a golden memory and gift for us. The sincere apology to mother for our mistakes, birthday wishes from best friends, the sweet conversation with our love. We prefer keeping those text messages for our own.

However, accidentally deleting text messages happens often, and this makes a lot of people feel frustrated. Want to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone? The article will talk about three efficient methods on how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 for your reference.

1 Selectively Recover iPhone Deleted Messages with/without Backup

If you unluckily forget to upload text messages to iCloud or iTunes as a backup, or you don't want to use fully restore your iPhone to a iTunes/iCloud backup, since it will also erase all your content and settings on iPhone, an iPhone data reocovery may help.

Tool You'll Need: iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery

Actually after you delete your text messages, the information and fringe files are not erased completely from your iPhone, but become invisible to users. iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win and iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Mac are one of the best software to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in this situation.

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  • Retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone no matter you have backup or not.
  • The preview function ensures you to retrieve what you exactly need.
  • Avoid the risk of data overwriting while recovering.
  • Retrieve 20+ file types for your iPhone, such as photovideo and more.
  • Support iOS devices running different iOS version, included iPhone 7 and iOS 10.

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The following instructions explain how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone with iMyfone D-Back.

Steps to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Step 1. Select iPhone Text Message and How You Lost Them

Download and Launch the program on your computer. Firstly, it will ask you to choose the file type you need recover and how you lost the file. By specifying these details, the scan and search time can be greatly reduced.

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Step 2. Scan Your iPhone Smartly

Then, the program will intelligently scan and search your deleted text messages from iOS device (if you have't made any backup before) , or iTunes backup or iCloud backup according to previous selection at the very beginning. This smart function can find your data quickly and save your time hugely.

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Step 3. Preview and Recover iPhone Text Message

Once scan is completed, your text messages will be clearly listed on the middle part of the data recovery tool’s interface. You can enable the button “Only show the deleted” to preview the deleted message. If you find the text message you need, click “Recover” and choose a location on your computer as the recovery path.

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  • If you haven't made any backup before and want to retrieve messages directly from iPhone, please ensure that your iPhone can be recognized by the computer.
  • You can also use iMyfone D-Back to extract text messages from your iTunes or iCloud backup file to computer without overwriting data on your iPhone.
  • The free trial version is available for both Windows and Mac users. You can download the trial version to figure out whether this program can find your deleted text messages.

With the help of iMyfone D-Back data recovery Windows and iMyfone D-Back data recovery Mac, you probably have retrieved your deleted text messages. Besides to retrieve deleted iPhone text messages, this software supports recovery of various kinds of files and data, such as call history, voicecontactnote and more. And it can apply to many iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, even the latest iPhone 7.

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2 Retrieve Deleted iPhone Text Messages from iCloud Backup

If you have the habit of uploading your iPhone files and data to iCloud for backing up, you are likely to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone by using iCloud backups. The following procedures show how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone using iCloud backups. Check out whether any of the iCloud method is useful for your case.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset,choose Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. iPhone will prompt to set it up as a new one or restore from a previous backup. Select Restore from iCloud Backup.
  3. Choose the iCloud backup including the deleted text messages and wait for the restoration process to complete.

 Restoring iCloud Backup

Note: The way will erase all the current data on your iPhone. And if you fail to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone using iCloud, go on with the article to see the next part to solve your problem using iTunes.

3 Retrieve iPhone Deleted Text Messages by Restoring iTunes Backup

Before you use iTunes backups to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone, remember that the iTunes backups will overwrite all the existing files and data stored on your iPhone, and something newly added in your iPhone after the last backup may be lost. So take attention: back up the existing data before restoring your deleted messages! About how do you retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone, please see steps below.

  1. After you connect your iPhone to the computer on which you perform the backup, iTunes will open, and click the iPhone icon in top left corner of the window.
  2. Click on Restore Backup... to choose the exact iTunes backup. After restoring, you will see the deleted messages back on your iPhone.

 Restoring iTunes Backup

But besides the disadvantage of overwriting the existing data, iTunes cannot read your text messages before restoration, which means you have to restore all the messages and data you don't need. And for people who don't back up their data often, or who delete their text messages after last backup, in this situation you can use "Recover from iTunes backup" of iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iPhone data recovery Mac to preview and extract messages from iTunes selectively.

And we will appreciate it very much if you could leave a comment about whether any of three methods are useful for you. If you know other methods to retrieve deleted text messages iPhone, you can also tell us by comment.

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  • Harry L

    It can work! Very useful article, helped me a lot.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment. Glad that we could help:)

  • dinforehead

    such a life saver! I deleted all my texts without thinking but I don’t have to worry anymore!

    • Glad to hear that. You can back up your data regularly using iTunes or iCloud in case of need:)

  • radicalmaniacal

    uhhhhmayyyzing 😀

    • Thanks a lot for your support :)


    for anyone wondering,yes this really works

    • Thanks for your support and recommendation. Wish you a pleasant day:)

  • OliverH

    the best thing since sliced bread

    • Thanks for your comment. We will do more to improve our products :)

  • extraterrestrial

    helped me so much in getting important info I accidentally deleted

    • Very happy to see that you found your lost content. Thanks for your support!

  • RydeOrDye

    this is the only software that I’ve sucessfully revived my old texts!

    • Very glad that we could help! Wish you have a nice day:)


    I was able to recover my deleted texts easy with this

    • Thanks for your comment and glad to hear that you have found your deleted texts:) Have a nice day!

  • Sophia

    hey please help me, i just deleted some messages accidentally, but i haven’t made any backup before. Can i get them back?

    • Hello Sophia,

      You could choose recover from iOS device to recover messages directly from iOS device. Please don’t use messages app and don’t restart your iPhone at the very beginning to avoid overwriting.

  • Mechillen Hodge

    This is definitely worth a try! Does this work on all iPhone iOS versions/updates?

    • Hello Mechillen,

      thanks for your reading. iMyfone D-Back is compatible with iPhone 4/4S/5/5S/5C/6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus/SE and supports iOS 7.0 system and later.

  • Kris

    I completed the scan but it didn’t recover the texts I wanted

    • Hello Kris, which recovery mode did you use? Have you tried all the 4 recovery modes? Please note that your iPhone should not be used once you lost/deleted the texts, otherwise a new data will be created, which may overwrite the deleted messages and make them unrecoverable.

  • Really sorry to hear that. Hope everything will be OK

  • Really sorry to hear that. Hope everything will be OK

  • Robert

    Can your software help me extract some text messages from iTunes backup? Since i don’t want to restore my iPhone from a whole iTunes backup file, which will overwrite other stuff on my iPhone.

    • Hello Robert, yes, to extract text messages from iTunes backup file without overwriting your current data on iPhone please choose “recover from iTunes backup” mode. Hope this helps:)

  • Hi, how do you extract the recovered file back to your phone? I can see them on PC but not on the phone

    • Hello KamilaRose, thanks for the question. We are sorry to say that our software doesn’t support extracting the recovered file back to iPhone at present. We will keep this needs in mind and try to work this out in the near future. Any inquiry, please feel free to let us know.

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