How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Have you ever experienced iPhone data lost due to the following reason:

1. Wrong operation, delete iPhone messages accidentally.
2. iPhone got broken, crashed, smashed, water damaged.
3. iOS upgrade, jailbreaking failure or factory settings restore on your iPhone.

No way to recover lost text messages from iPhone? Of course there is. Actually, you can find back your messages, pictures, videos, contacts, calendar, notes and call history, etc, no matter you accidentally delete them, lost them unconsciously or just lost the iPhone.

Well. If you want to recover your lost messages from iPhone directly, you need the help of an iPhone message recovery tool: iPhone Data Recovery, which is a professional data recovery tool for iPhone users to recover their lost messages in few steps.

In fact, you have three useful ways to retrieve your iPhone messages: Recover deleted messages from iPhone directly, Recover messages from iTunes backup and Recover them from iCloud backup. Keep reading the detailed steps below.

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Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Messages from iPhone Directly

This method applies to iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G running iOS 5 or later.

Step 1. Launch the program and connect your iPhone to computer

Firstly, launch the program and connect your iPhone to computer, you will see the interface as follows:

I. If you are iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S users, you only can see a "Start Scan" button on the interface. Please click the "Start Scan" button to scan your iPhone after connecting your device to the computer.

II. For iPhone 4/3GS users, after connecting your device, you can choose "Advanced Mode" at the corner of the window to get a deeper scan.

Step 2. Enter DFU mode to scan your iPhone

For iPhone 4/3GS, you need to enter the system of your iPhone before you perform recovery. Now, follow the steps below to enter DFU mode:
  • 1. hold your device and click the "Start" button.
  • 2. Pressing the "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  • 3. After 10 seconds, release the "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 15 seconds. Then you can successfully get into the scanning mode.

Notes: For iPhone 4/3GS user, you can recover your deleted media contents like photos, videos and more under DFU mode.

For iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S users, you'll see this scanning window immediately after clicking the "Start Scan" button when you entered the system.

Step 3. Begin to preview and restore SMS from iPhone

After the scanning, you will find all found data will be listed in order. You allow to choose "Messages" button to preview the detailed of your messages. Just choose these data you want and click "Recover" button to save them on your computer or back to your iPhone.

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Part 2: How to Recover iPhone Messages from iTunes Backup

Method 1: Restoring the entire backup from iTunes

Before you use iTunes to recover your deleted data, you need to open iTunes and disable automatic syncing in iTunes first.
Go "Edit" -> "Settings" -> "Devices", then check the box "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically".

If you do not disable automatic syncing, it will begin the syncing process when you connect your iPhone to iTunes, which may lead to erroneous data recovery.

After you disable automatic syncing in iTunes, you can begin to recover deleted messages with iTunes:

1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and make sure iTunes detect your phone.

2. Click "File" > "Devices"> "Restore from Back up"; Or choose the "Summary" tab in iTunes, then click the "Restore" button.
If you are using iTunes 10.7 or earlier, you also can right-click on the iPhone and select "Restore from Backup".

3. Choose the appropriate backup to restore. When the restore is complete, your iPhone will restart and all the contacts in the backup is on your iPhone now.

Notes: After restore from backup files, you phone data will be covered by the backup, the data you add before will be overwritten.

To avoid data loss, you can use iPhone messages recovery software to extract your iTunes backup and preview your backup files, then you also can recover your deleted files from iTunes backup. Read the method 2 to extract your iTunes backup files.

Method 2: Selectively recovering iPhone messages from iTunes backup

Step 1. Choose iTunes backup and scan it

After installing and launching the iPhone Data Recovery program, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and you'll get the following interface as. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Here, you need to choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan" button.

Step 2. Preview and restore iPhones SMS

When the scan over, you can see all the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories. You can preview the detailed content before you perform the message recovery for your iPhone. Then you can mark the data you want and click the "Recover" button, then it will show you the tips to save the messages to your computer or back to iPhone, you can choose one you needed.

Tips: To avoid losing your important iPhone data, immediate backup is very important and necessary. You had better back up your data on your computer regularly.

Now, download iPhone Messages Recovery program to have a try!

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Part 3: Recover Deleted iPhone Messages from iCloud Backup

Method 1: Recover deleted iPhone messages from entire backup via iCloud

If you have no iTunes backup, you also can recover your deleted text messages by extracting your iCloud backup.

If you enable automatic syncing in iCloud, all the iPhone content and setting will automatically back up with iCloud when you connect your iPhone to WiFi network. Thus, when you lost your messages and want to recover them from iCloud backup, you can tap "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Storage & Backup", then find "Last Backup" time on the bottom of the "Storage & Backup" screen. If you can't find the backup, then you don't make a backup before, else you can use it to restore the messages.

Here are the steps to recover iPhone messages from iCloud backup:

Go to Settings menu and selecting General. Then tap "Reset" and "Erase All Content and Settings" on iPhone. Then choose "Erase iPhone" on the pop-up message. After that, your iPhone will restart automatically. Go to "Set Up iPhone". When the following interface appear, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" and enter your Apple ID and password to access iCloud backup. You should allow the content download onto iPhone. After iPhone restart automatically, it will take several minutes to recover data from iCloud backup to your iPhone.

Notice: In this way, you need to set your iPhone as a new device. If you don’t want to take the risk of losing your data on iPhone, you had better try to extract your iPhone data from iCloud backup with the help of iPhone Message Recovery software. You can read methods 2 to extract iCloud backup.

Method 2: Selectively recovering iPhone messages from iCloud backup

Step 1. Launch the program and select the mode

Launch the iPhone Message Recovery program on your computer after installed it. When you see the interface as below, select the mode of "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and enter your Apple ID and password to allow the program to retrieve the information of all the iCloud backups in your account.

Step 2. Download and extract iCloud backup

After entered iCloud backup file, you can choose the backup file you want to download.

Here, you should find the data that you want to extract and click "Download" button, select the types of files you need to download in the pop-up. After that, iCloud backup file will be downloaded to your computer. Then click "Scan" to let the program scan content of backup file.

Step 3. Begin to Recover iPhone messages

When the scanning is finish, all the text messages in the iCloud backup file will displayed in a list. Here, you can mark the data you want to restore, then click the "Recover" button to save the messages to your computer or back to iPhone.

Now, download iPhone Messages Recovery program to have a try!

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The Features of iPhone Messages Recovery:

a. Support multiple devices: Supports all iOS devices running iOS 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus.

b. 3 recovery modes: 3 ways to recover deleted sms and iMessages from iPhone, including recover data from iOS devices, iTunes and iCloud backups.

c. Preview and save messages to device or computer: Preview messages before you recover it, then save recovered text messages or iMessages to your computer or back to your iPhone.

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