3 Methods to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus)

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Although it may be a good idea to delete some of your text messages to free up some space on your iPhone X or iPhone 8 so that you can update iPhone to iOS 12, you can accidentally delete really important messages in the process. Problems come up when you don't have a backup of these messages.

In this article, we will be looking at the different ways you can get your accidentally deleted text messages back whether you have a backup or not.

1. Retrieve Deleted Messages on iPhone without Backup

If you hadn’t backed up the text messages before deleting them, or wouldn't like to restore an iTunes or iCloud backup file, which will overwrite the current data on iPhone, we have an easy way to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone. iMyFone D-Back is a powerful data recovery software that helps you get your messages back with or without a backup. The following are some of its main features.

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Key Features:

  • Deeply scan your iPhone and retrieve text messages even when you have no backup;
  • Allows you to view the text messages it finds and confirm whether they are what you need before recovery;
  • Supports to recover 20+ types of data such as photos, contacts, notes, Safari history, calendar, voice memos, etc.
  • Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8, and earlier iPhone and iPad models.
  • Support different iOS versions, including the latest iOS 12.

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Download this program and run it on your computer and launch it. The following tips instruct how you can retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5 using iMyFone D-Back.

Tip 1 Directly Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Step 1. Choose "Smart Recovery"

You can choose "Smart Recovery" after you launch the software and click "Start".

Choose Recovery Mode

Step 2. Select the Situation How You Lost the Text Messages

You need to choose the situation how you lost your messages. For example, if you delete or lost them recently by accident, simply choose "Lost or deleted data by accident".

Select the Situation How You Lost the Data

Now select Message as the file type you want to retrieve. You can also recover photos, videos, notes, bookmarks and messages from 3rd-party IM App such as WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat and Line.

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Step 3. Scan iOS Device

You will need to connect your iPhone to the computer and iMyFone D-Back will start to scan your iPhone, even you are using iOS 12 on it, to find your deleted text messages.

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Step 4. View and Retrieve Your Deleted Text Messages

When scanning is complete, you can view your messages list and select the text messages you want to retrieve. Then tap "Recover". The messages will be saved to the folder you have chosen as the storage path.

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Tip 2 Retrieve Deleted iPhone Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup"

From the main screen, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" and then click "Start."

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Step 2. Select the iTunes Backup

Select the iTunes backup file that likely contains the deleted text messages and click "Next." In the next screen, select the file type you wish to retrieve (in this case Message).

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Step 3. Preview and Recover the Deleted Messages

When the scanning process is complete, select the deleted text messages from the results displayed and click "Recover."

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Tip 3 Retrieve Deleted iPhone Text Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 1. Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup"

Select "Recover from iCloud Backup" tab and click on "Start."

Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 2. Select the iCloud Backup File

Sign in to your iCloud account and then select the iCloud backup file that contains your missing messages. Click "Next" the next window will allow you to select the type of file you wish to recover.

select the iCloud backup file

Choose "Message" and click "Next" to download and scan the iCloud backup

Step 3.Preview and Recover the Deleted Text Messages

Preview and select the text messages on the next window and then click "Recover" to get back the deleted iPhone messages.

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The trial version is free for download. Why not try the iMyFone iPhone Data Recovery to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 (Plus) now? Don't you worry if you use the iOS 12. iMyFone D-Back supports to recover data from it, also.

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2. Retrieve Deleted iPhone Texts by Restore iTunes Backup

It may be the most effective way to get your messages back, but it is not always a guarantee that you will restore them. You also can’t selectively restore just the messages you need. But it is still worth a try if you have a backup. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1. Connect the iPhone with the PC you have synchronized your data on.

Step 2. Open iTunes and you can see your iPhone appear. Select your iPhone and choose "Restore Backup..."

Step 3. Now you can check if the deleted text messages are on your iPhone messages app now.

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3. Retrieve Deleted iPhone Texts by Restore iCloud Backup

If you have an iCloud backup of the messages, you can restore the backup to get them back. The main problem with this method is that you have to reset the device to factory setting first which could lead to the loss of any new data on the device. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1. Turn on Wi-Fi and tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. Make sure iCloud Backup option is on.

Step 2. Tap Back Up Now and wait for the backup process. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi during the process.

Step 3. Then go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 4. From the home screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup, then sign in to iCloud. Choose a backup file from a list of available backups in iCloud.

Step 5. Your new iPhone now displays all your messages from the old iPhone, along with all your other apps, photos, emails and other app data from last iCloud backup.

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If you want to restore only text message files instead the full backup from iTunes or iCloud to computer, simply have a try of the easy-to-use software iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery (compatible with iOS 12).

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  • Julian Polston

    So even i lost my iphone 6+, the imyfone data recovery tool can find back my messages?

    • If you have backed up the lost messages onto your iTunes or iCloud, iMyfone D-Back could find it in your backup. And I suggest you to try the free trial version to detect the messages in your backup, Julian. :)