How to See Deleted Messages on iPhone With/Without Backup

I’m just going to assume you’re not doing that great since you’re on this page trying to see deleted messages on iPhone that “mysteriously” disappeared on your iPhone. Maybe you hit that delete button by mistake! Whatever the case, fear not friends! Your texts aren’t entirely gone.

Recover deleted messages on iPhone

Hello everyone, it’s Frankie here. Take a breath. Try and get some of that stress out. Are you feeling better? Right, so you accidentally deleted all your text messages on your iPhone and suddenly felt freaked out.

You only just realized that you need some of those messages. Well, don’t fret. I’m here to help you retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone.

As I was saying earlier, fear not my friend. This isn’t going to be one of those nightmarish “what’s done is done” kind of blogs.

Lucky you, there are a few ways you can get your text messages back on your iPhone. How are you feeling right about now having this information with you? I reckon ecstatic.

So, here’s the deal, and one fact that all iPhone users must accept. Having your text messages get deleted on your iPhone can be very frustrating. And there are many reasons as to why it would happen.

Sure, most of the time, you’re always the one at fault. Maybe you hit the delete button unknowingly or started a chain reaction on your iPhone that resulted in your messages being deleted.

But here’s the kicker, in some crazy situations, your iPhone screen crashes when you’re trying to read your text messages. It may even be an iOS update that deleted some of your text messages.

In any event, you don’t need to stress yourself. I’ve got the solution and everything you need to recover your deleted texts.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages on an iPhone

As a good housekeeper, you deleted your old text messages or accidentally marked them as spam. Then you realize, “oh, gosh! I still needed that.

Now, there’s a high chance that you might be able to recover your deleted text messages from your iPhone with and without a backup set up.

And the lucky programs to use are iCloud Backup or Website, iTunes, using your Mac, and other third-party apps. We’re getting warmer now.

Let’s keep moving.

1. iCloud Backup or iCloud Website

if you’ve ever backed up your iPhone to the iCloud, you should be able to restore the contents on the cloud with little to no stress. Much as I’d like to say it’s a relatively straightforward process, there are still a few steps to get it done right.

If you backed up your iPhone on iCloud the right way, you should be able to restore all the texts that were on your iPhone at the time of your Backup.

Thanks to Apple’s online discussion forums and continuously listening to customers, it changed things around and introduced texts in iCloud some time back.

Yes! You can now back up and restore all your text messages from your iCloud.

Even users who aren’t tech-savvy can use iCloud to restore their messages. That’s how simple this program is to use. You need to enable the message sync feature across all your devices that use your Apple ID. Now, that’s just awesome!

One downside, though, is that the only way you can restore messages using an iCloud backup is by completely erasing your iPhone. Then try to fix the contents of the iCloud Backup.

Therefore, provided you have a backup from before the texts were deleted, then you should be good to go. Still, it can be incredibly frustrating to have to factory reset your device so that you get your text messages back from your iCloud Backup.

Steps to Retrieve Your Text Messages from an iCloud Backup

All right, here’s what you do.

  1. From your iCloud’s main window, click the “Recover from iCloud” option and select “Start” to begin the recovery process.
  2. On the next window, select “Message” and click “Next” to begin. Now, this sounds very simple and straightforward. It’s not over, though.
  3. Next, sign in to your iCloud portal using your Apple ID and password. Once logged in, select the most relevant and up-to-date iCloud Backup that you want to restore.
  4. Click “Next,” then let the program do its thing. iCloud will analyze your selected Backup for the text messages you want to be fixed.
  5. After the analysis is complete, you can now select the text messages you want to recover from the results page and then click “Recover”.

recover Text Messages from iCloud Backup

This will save the recovered texts on your computer.


Frankie’s Take:

If you backed up your phone to Apple’s iCloud before deleting the messages, then you have a good chance to get them back. Otherwise, keep on reading the article.

2. Using iTunes

If iCloud doesn’t work out for you, don’t fear. We’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeves. Let’s get pushing, lads.

The iTunes backup option is the next best alternative to consider.

And as with iCloud Backup, provided you haven’t disabled the automatic sync option, iTunes creates an automatic backup every time you sync your iPhone with your Mac or PC. And the recovery process is as simple as it gets.

Steps to Retrieve Your Text Messages from an iCloud Backup

All right, here’s what you do.

  1. Connect your iPhone with your Mac or PC and sync with it. iTunes should open automatically. If not, you should open it manually. When on the iTunes window, you should see the contents of your iPhone.
  2. On the main screen, select “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click on the “Start” tab to begin the recovery process.
  3. On the next window, select the “Message” tab to choose the type of data you want to restore. The next window should provide you with the messages missing on your iPhone. One important fact, though. You will only find the available messages on your iPhone at the point of your last successful sync.
  4. Once the process is complete, you can now retrieve the messages you want to recover from the results retrieved and displayed.
  5. After you’ve selected your preferred messages, click “Next” to start the recovery process.

Retrieve Text Messages on iPhone using iTunes

And as with iCloud, the retrieved messages will be saved on your computer.


Frankie’s Take:

One huge drawback is that this method will restore the entire iTunes backup and replace the data on your iPhone and not only the text messages to iPhone.

3. Restoring Texts from Your Mac

Take a breath, relax, and calm your mind. Okay, so the first two processes didn’t work out. But that’s not the end of the world.

You might be wondering, what next, right? Well, if you have a Mac, you still can’t count your text messages as gone forever. With Mac, you can scan for your iMessages directly even after deleting them.

To make it done, you will need a tool like iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. This recovery tool helps to make the entire process simple and straightforward, even for non-tech savvy folks.

To recover deleted text messages on your iPhone, download and install the recovery tool to use to scan your Mac for any deleted text messages.

iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac is fully compatible with all macOS and fully integrates with your system. But, please ensure that you’ve set it up to install it on a virus-free and stable Mac.

That’s if you don’t want your Backup to be loaded with viruses.

Launch the messages recovered Mac software and select the file types that you want to recover. Uncheck all the other file types.

Remember, if you’re out hunting for deleted text messages, and not some old family photo, then select the messages file type. Afterward, click on the “Start” button to recover your deleted texts on your Mac.

It all looks simple, right? Of course, it is.

And after the scanning process is finished, you’ll have all your text messages displayed on your screen. Ensure that all extensions that read “chat.db”, “chat.db-shm” or “chat.db-wal” are selected in the list. After choosing the options that you want to recover, click the “Recover” option to save them on your Mac.

Recover Lost or Deleted File from iPhone using iBeesoft Data Recovery

For the super-keen folks, you’ll notice that you’re using the Quick Scan mode by default. And while it’s the quickest way to get your results, it gets lesser results. But I don’t need to read minds to tell you that, right?

Well, if you’re out to get every text message that was on your iPhone at the time of the last Backup, then you might want to go for the Deep Scan option instead. The Deep Scan will scan all your deleted text messages and iMessages on your Mac carefully.

If there’s anything in there that needs digging, here’s how you find it!


Frankie’s Take:

I’ve used iBeesoft program myself a few times and does its job. It will help you quickly get back all lost data from iPhone hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, digital camera and other removable drives etc.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Without Backup

Okay, so you know you’re in a lot more trouble if you’re looking to recover deleted text messages iPhone without Backup. By this stage, you probably already know your iCloud or iTunes won’t be of much help.

You feel stressed out of your wits! And your boss needs that CVC code you just deleted. So, your head is so light you think it’s floating off your shoulder. But wait just yet! It’s not the end of the world. At least not yet.

iMyFone, Tenorshare, and Dr.Fone top my list of the best third-party apps to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone. Here’s a quick rundown of how to use these apps.

1. iMyFone

iMyFone Software restore messages

I’ve tried recovering my deleted text messages using this application, and it worked like a charm. There’s no hassle to it.

Launch the iMyFone E-Back on your PC and click “Recover from iOS Device.” On the next window, click “Start” and let the application do its magic.

A new screen will appear and ask you to connect your iOS device to the PC. Connect your iPhone using a USB cable then click “Next.”

A new screen will appear with all the recoverable file types that you can retrieve. Select the “Message” and unselect everything else.

A new pop-up window should appear asking you for the location to save your messages. Select your desired location and initiate the recovery process.

The process itself is simple and straightforward; even a 2-year old could do it “accidentally.”

2. Tenorshare

Recover iPhone Messages with Tenorshare software

With the help of Tenorshare UltData, you can recover text messages directly from your iPhone’s iTunes and iCloud backups.

This app supports over 35 file types and is compatible with the latest iOS version. You’ll have nothing to worry about retrieving your text messages using this app.

It’s as if this app was made for those people who knew very little to nothing about computers. It’s as simple as plugging your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and launching the Tenorshare app.

And like the iMyFone app, wait for it to identify your iOS device on its main interface.

From here, your only job is to choose the “Messages & Attachments” tab to recover all your texts. You can also select any other file type or everything on the list if you want. Click on the “Start Scan” option and let the app handle the rest.

After the scan has finished, you’ll see all your scanned files. Choose the “Show All” or the “Only display deleted items” to recover your deleted files and the press “Recover”.

3. Dr.Fone

DrFone Software recovery Messages

Okay, so who doesn’t know Dr.Fone? Even I heard of this app before I knew what backups and recovery even meant.

Pants down, this is the world’s best iPhone & iPad data recovery tool you can find online. And I say this with no bias whatsoever. Cross my heart, people!!

And as with the other applications in this list, plus the ones not mentioned, recovering data from your iPhone using Dr.Fone is relatively easy.

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a suitable USB cable then launch the Dr.Fone app. By default, it should detect your iPhone and display it on your screen.

Once there, select the “Recover from iOS Device” option and choose the “Messages & Attachments” option. Click on “Start Scan” for the program to start scanning your device for any deleted data.

The scanning process usually lasts for a few minutes. But this can go for up to an hour, depending on the amount of data on your device. Dr.Fone also has a pause feature that you can use if, at any time, you find what you’re looking for.

After a successful scan, the results are displayed on the Dr.Fone screen. To see only deleted data, ensure that you turn on “Only display the deleted items.”

Click on the messages and other file types that you want to undelete. Once that’s done, click on the “Recover” tab to undelete your preferred tabs on your computer.


Hopefully, this article gave you some critical information on how to see deleted messages on iPhone.

If you don’t want to go for the hassle of downloading third-party apps, you better get into the habit of backing up your text messages. iCloud and iTunes are particularly excellent data recovery tools for deleted text messages.

If you have any other concerns or questions about how you can retrieve your text messages on your iPhone, drop a line or two in the comments section below. And trust me, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

A big hug,

PS – Do you know it is possible to read someone else’s iMessage conversations even if they have been deleted? Check it out!

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About Frankie Caruso

Hello! I am Frankie Caruso and I love to fiddle with all of the popular messaging applications with the hacking techniques that I love. I want to find out how to breach the defenses of these apps and exploit weaknesses.

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