How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Your iPhone

Unfortunately, we’ve all done it at some point: deleted an important text message before it was read. The good news is that there are multiple ways to retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone, if you act quickly and have access to the person who texted you (or their number). If you’re wondering how to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone, look no further than this helpful guide!


You may have a little (or a lot) of important messages that you want to keep, but can’t find. It’s likely because your texting app stores text messages in the application’s Cache before they are permanently stored. Luckily, there are three different ways you can go about retrieving them: through the iCloud Backup, with old synced data and by using iTunes. Depending on which one of these options you choose will depend on how many text messages you’ll be able to recover as well as how long ago they were deleted from your phone. One thing all three methods have in common is that if your text messages were deleted over a month ago, then unfortunately it’s too late for them to be retrieved. So if this is the case for you don’t spend any more time trying!

How Do I Know if My iPhone Has Backups?

Your phone creates a backup by default every time it is connected to iTunes, which you can use for three days. After the three day period is up, your phone will erase the backup and you’ll need a newer one. Keep in mind that these backups won’t contain any data from after they were created, so they may not contain all of your missing messages if they were deleted after your last backup.

Here’s how to determine if your backups are syncing properly: go into Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > Backups or through iTunes.

What Do I Do if I See an iTunes Backup File?

If you’re having trouble finding the texts that you need, disconnect your device from your computer and open the device from within iTunes. Once it is connected to iTunes, go to Backup > Restore Backup > Search for Older Backups. You should see a list of all of your backups available for download in chronological order (depending on how long it’s been since your last backup). Select the most recent backup which should be the one you want and then click Download Backup. Then, follow these steps

Try a Third-Party App

There are third-party applications that can help you retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone. Check the app store or online reviews to find an option that suits your needs. These apps also allow you to store your messages and photos securely so they won’t be lost if you’re unfortunate enough to have a phone crash or it gets stolen. That way, if the texts are critical for proving any legal issues, there’s less of a chance that you’ll have difficulty showing evidence for what was discussed in the texts because it’s all stored safely offline with no risk of tampering by anyone else.

To use a third-party app, you’ll first need to back up your data from your phone. To do so, connect your device to iTunes and select Restore from Backup from the menu. After restoring your data onto iTunes, then you can use an app that allows for data retrieval for deleted texts. It’s possible that using these apps could lead to errors or even data loss in certain situations, so it’s advisable that you proceed with caution and keep backups of any information in case anything goes wrong while trying to retrieve deleted texts.


  1. Many smartphones, like iPhones, use a backup system that automatically stores old text messages and can be found with a third-party tool. 2. Other ways of retrieving deleted text warnings are by taking the phone into an Apple store for diagnosis and seeking help from a trusted service professional. 3. It is possible to recover deleted text messages from the iCloud server or some third-party services such as Recuva (to be discussed later).

Many users are frustrated when they lose text messages. However, you can be relieved knowing that there are many ways to recover deleted text messages. You can use third-party tools, like Recuva; take your phone into an Apple store for diagnosis and retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud server. Make sure you backup your device regularly so that all your data is safe and secure. Remember, it’s better safe than sorry!

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