Although it may be a good idea to delete some of your text messages to free up some space on your iPhone 7/6s/6 (Plus) to update to iOS 10.3, 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.
Method 1 Retrieve Deleted Messages from iPhone 7/6s/6 Using iMyFone D-Back
If you hadn’t backed up the deleted text messages or don’t want to restore an iTunes or iCloud backup file, we have an easier solution. iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac is a powerful data recovery software that helps you get your messages back with or without a backup. The following are some of its features.
- 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 photos, contacts, notes, Safari history, calendar, voice 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 the latest iOS 10.3.
Download this program and run it on your PC, and the following tips instruct how you can retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone 7/6s/6 using iMyFone D-Back.
Tip 1 Recover from iOS Device without Backup Using iMyFone D-Back
Step 1. Choose "Smart Recovery"
You can choose "Smart Recovery" after you launch the software and click "Start".
Step 2.Select the Situation How You Lost the Data
You need to choose the situation how you lost your messages. For example, if you delete or lost them recently by accident, simply choose "Deleted or lost data by accident".
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.
Step 3. Scan iOS Device
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.
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.
Tip 2 Recover from iTunes Backup Using iMyFone D-Back
Step 1.Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup”
From the main window, choose “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click “Start.” In the next window, select the file type you wish to recover (in this case Messages).
Step 2.Select the iTunes Backup
Select the iTunes backup file that likely contains the missing text messages and click “Scan.”
Step 3. Preview and Recover the Deleted Messages
When the scanning process is complete, select the missing text messages from the results displayed and click “Recover.”
Tip 3 Recover from iCloud Backup Using iMyFone D-Back
Step 1.Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup"
Select “Recover from iCloud Backup” tab and click on “Start.”
The next window will allow you to select the type of file you wish to recover. Choose “Messages” and click “Next” to continue.
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” to allow the program to scan the backup file.
Step 3.Preview and Recover the Deleted Text Messages
Preview and select the missing text messages on the next window and then click “Recover” to get them back.
Method 2 Retrieve Deleted iPhone 7/6s/6 Text Messages from iTunes
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.
Method 3 Retrieve iPhone 7/6s/6 Text Messages from iCloud
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.
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 for Win or iPhone data recovery for Mac (compatible with iOS 10.3).