How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Effectively?

Author:Jake | TIME:September 27,2017

Text message, is often referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS). Sometimes it is also regarded to include multimedia messages (known as MMS) which contain digital images, videos, and sound content, as well as ideograms known as emoji (happy faces and other icons).


And it is very easy to delete some important messages on the iPhone. With a simple tap on the trash icon, your text messages will be gone. Even you are very cautious in using your iPhone, there are other reasons that can also lead to data loss. For example, you may lose your SMS messages due to iOS update, factory reset, virus affection, jailbreaking and so on. But don’t worry, we will talk about how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone in the following parts.


cFone iOS Data Recovery is a powerful data recovery tool that enables you to recover a variety of data types including text messages, contacts, photos, videos, music, WhatsApp, Kik, etc. It supports almost all iPhones and iPads: iPhone SE/ X/ 8/ 8 Plus/ 7/ 6s/ 6s Plus/ 6/5.

Solution 1: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone Directly

Solution 2: How to Restore Deleted Text Message from iTunes Backup File

Solution 3: How to Recover Deleted Text Message from iCloud Backup File


Solution 1: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone Directly

Step 1. Connect iOS Device with Computer

Launch cFone iOS Data Recovery on your computer and then connect your iPhone to the computer. Click on "Data Recovery" and select "Recover from iOS Device" option.



Step 2. Scan iPhone for Lost Text Messages

Now select the file type that you want to recover. You can then select “Messenger & Attachments” only and deselect other types to save time. Then simply click the "Start Scan" button to let this program scan your iPhone to locate deleted text messages. This may take a few minutes depending on the amount of data on your device. You can click the "Pause" button to stop the process during the scanning process.



Step 3. Preview and Recover Deleted Text Message from Your iPhone

Once the program finishes scanning your iPhone, it will generate a scan result where you can find both lost and existing data on your iPhone. To filter out the deleted data on your iOS device, you can swipe the option "Only display the deleted items" to ON. By clicking the file type in the left side, you can preview the found data. And you can see there is a search box on the top right of the window. You can search for a specific file by typing a keyword in the search box.


When you find the data you need, just put the check mark in front of the box to select them. After then, click the "Recover" button at the bottom right of the window. And you should be asked if you want to "Recover to Computer" or "Recover to Device". If you want to put these messages back to your iOS device, click "Recover to Device".




Solution 2: How to Restore Deleted Text Message from iTunes Backup File

Step 1. Choose Recovery Mode

After you launch cFone iOS Data Recovery, click “Data Recovery” and select "Recover from iTunes Backup File". After then, the iTunes backup recovery tool will detect all iTunes backup files on this computer and display them in the window. You can confirm which one is the one you need according to the date it has been created.




Step 2. Scan Data from iTunes Backup File

Choose the iTunes backup file that contains the data you want to recover and click "Start Scan". It will take a few minutes to extract all data from the iTunes backup file.



Step 3. Preview and Recover SMS from iTunes Backup

Within seconds, all data in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories. You can preview them one by one before recovery and you can choose files that you want to recover. Then click the "Recover" button at the bottom and the deleted text messages will be directly recovered to your iOS device if you keep your iOS device connected with your computer via a USB cable during the recovery process.



Solution 3: How to Recover Deleted Text Message from iCloud Backup File

Step 1. Choose Recovery Mode

After you start iOS Data Recovery, click “Data Recovery” and then choose the recovery mode of "Recover from iCloud Backup Files". And then you will need to enter your iCloud account and password to login your iCloud account from below window.



Step 2. Download iCloud Backup File

When you are logged into iCloud, the program can find all iCloud backup files in your account. Choose the one where you're going to recover data and click on the "Download" button.


And then in the pop-up, you can choose the type of files you would like to download. Then you can click the “Scan” button to start scanning the iCloud content now.



Step 3. Preview and Recover SMS from iCloud Backup File

After the scanning process is done, you can preview almost all data in your iCloud backup file and select the text messages you want to recover. Then click on the "Recover to Computer" or "Recover to your device" button to save them on your computer or your device with one click. And your deleted text messages will be recovered back to your iPhone if the device is connected with your computer during the recovery process.


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