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

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For iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus) users, the problem that deleted text messages couldn't be found might be pretty common. We delete text messages for kinds of reasons, such as messages from the people we dislike, not enough space for keeping them all, or even no reason: we just delete them accidentally.

However, we never thought the text messages would be useful in the future. You must be wondering how can you retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus). Here are three methods to solve this problem.

1 Retrieve Deleted Messages from iPhone 7/6s/6 without Backup

What to do if you haven't backed up any data on anywhere or you only want to retrieve text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup. Is there any easier way to tell how can you retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus)? Well. No worry, we will introduce a powerful iPhone message recovery tool to sort this out.

iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery Win or iPhone Data Recovery Mac is such a software to retrieve deleted data from iPhone no matter you have backed up text messages or not. Check more feature of this tool:

  • Retrieve text messages from your iOS Device with/without backup;
  • Preview function allows you to view the recoverable data before recovery;
  • Supports to recover 20+ file types such as photoscontactsnotesSafari historycalendarvoice memo, etc.
  • Compatible with iPhone 7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5s/5/4s/4, iPad Pro, iPod touch 6 and more.
  • Support different iOS versions, including iOS 10/9/8/7.

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Download this program and run it on your PC, and the following steps instruct how can you retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in detail.

Step 1: Choose recovery mode

You can choose 4 recovery modes from the sidebar: "Smart Recovery", "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup" and "Recover from iCloud Backup". We will choose "Smart Recovery" for reference.

Choose Recovery Mode

Step 2: Select the message and how you lost them

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

select messages from smart recovery

In the next window you may need to choose how lo lost your messages. For example, if you delete or lost them recently by accident, simply choose "Deleted or lost data by accident".

choose how you lost files

Step 3: Search for the deleted text messages

If you choose "Deleted or lost data by accident", you will need to connect your iPhone to the computer and it will start to scan your iPhone to find your deleted text messages. If you choose factory reset, jailbreak or iOS upgrade, it will scan your iTunes backup to find out the messages smartly.

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Step 4: Preview and retrieve your deleted text messages

When scanning is over, you can preview 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 pat.

preview the messages

The trial version is free for download. Why not try iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iPhone data recovery for Mac to retrieve text messages for your iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus) now?

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2 Retrieve Deleted iPhone 7/6s/6 Text Messages from iTunes

iTunes could be the most common and direct answer for the question that how can you retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone. Once you synchronize your iPhone to iTunes, it will back up your data automatically, of course, including your text messages. But we cannot guarantee this will apply in all cases. It can only retrieve the text messages which you back up last time. And even, you might don't remember whether you back up or not. However, it's still worthy of a try for it just needs 3 easy steps.

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

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.

Retrieve  iphone 6s text messages from iTunes

Note: The backup file will replace the existing data on your iPhone. As a result, you may lose the recent text messages and other new data on your iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus). If you want to retrieve only text messages from iTunes backup to computer, try the "Recover from iTunes backup" option of iMyfone D-Back.

3 Retrieve iPhone 7/6s/6 Text Messages from iCloud

Plenty of people will try to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone from iCloud. However, the only thing is that messages form part of the whole backup and restore, so you'll need to restore app data and device settings at the same time, which will remove any new messages or other new files from your iPhone. Learn how to restore your text messages from iCloud backup by following the steps.

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.

 Retrieve Text messages from iCloud

If you want to restore only text message files instead the full backup from iCloud to computer, simply choose "Recover from iCloud backup" mode of iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iPhone data recovery Mac.

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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. :)

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