How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone With or Without Backup

Text messaging has played a significant role in our daily life of communication. You may keep a lot of important information among your text messages between you and your family, friends and colleagues. Sometimes, accident will happen and you may mistakenly delete your useful messages together with your useless messages. Or iOS upgrade, jailbreak, etc. issues will clear all your message data. In such kind of situation, what can you do? Any chance to recover deleted text messages on iPhone?

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Solution 1. How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone without backup

Here you can use a professional iPhone Data Recovery software to help you recover your deleted messages on iPhone on your own. Just keep in mind, when the data has gone, do not do further operation for your iPhone first to avoid the deleted data being overwritten. Read the following guide to check how to retrieve your deleted text messages from your iPhone.

iPhone Data Recovery

  • Selectively recover the deleted or lost iOS data on Windows PC or Mac.
  • Recover deleted/lost iOS data from iPhone/iPad/iPod without backup.
  • Support any popular iOS data type like contact, message, photo, video, music, etc.
  • Extract and recover iPhone/iPad/iPod files from iTunes backup.
  • Download, preview and recover various iOS data from iCloud backup.
  • Fully compatible with iOS 11/12 and the latest iPhone XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8/7/SE/6/5/4, etc.
  • Safe, clean and easy to use interface.
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If you do not have any backup of your deleted message files, you can use the iPhone Data Recovery to get back your lost text messages directly from your iOS devices. This message recovery tool can scan your iPhone and list all the marked and hidden messages so that you can preview the deleted messages before recovering.

Step 1. Open iPhone Data Recovery

Download and install the iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. You can choose the Mac version if you are using Mac. Launch the program and connect your iPhone to your computer with USB cable.

The program will automatically detect your iPhone after you connect it to the computer. Choose Recover from iOS Device tab and Click Start Scan to let the program scan the deleted text messages, contacts, etc. on your iPhone.

scan the deleted text messages

Step 2. Preview the deleted text messages before recovering

After scanning, iPhone Data Recovery will list the scanning result for your reference to let you get general idea how many backup files and deleted files on your iPhone.

Preview text messages

You can click Message & Contacts > Messages on the left side bar and preview all your deleted text messages before recovering. You can choose to let it only display the deleted item(s) by slide the slider to ON status on the top of the list. This program can also help you to recover deleted message attachments.

Step 3. Recover iPhone deleted text messages

Select the deleted text messages you want to recover from the list or choose to recover all the iPhone deleted text messages at one time. After selecting, click Recover to start recovering lost message files.

recover deleted text messages

Choose the output folder to save the recovered file and click Recover to process the retrieving deleted text messages. After a few minutes, you can see the recovered text messages on your computer.

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Solution 2. How to recover deleted iPhone text messages with iTunes backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes before losing messages, you can also retrieve the lost messages or attachments with this iTunes backup. Check the following guide to learn how to extract text messages from iTunes backup without restoring your iPhone.

Step 1. Go to iPhone Data Recovery and select Recover from iTunes Backup File. The program will list all your iTunes backup file on the left chart. Select the one iTunes backup and click Scan button.

Choose iTunes backup file

Step 2. After a few seconds, the program will finish scanning and list all the detailed information of your iPhone data for your reference. You can preview and select the text messages and message attachments you want to recover from the Messages and Message Attachments tab.

recover text messages from iTunes

Step 3. Click Recover button and select the output folder for your recovered text message files. Then click Recover button to start extracting your deleted iPhone text messages from your iTunes backup. Just a few minutes, you can get back all your important messages again.

select the output folder

Solution 3. How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone with iCloud backup

If you set the automatic backup to iCloud, you can also try to restore your deleted text messages from iCloud backup easily. However, if you just want to recover some specific text messages, it would be difficult as iCloud backup and also iTunes backup can only help you restore the whole backup file. In such kind of situation, you can still use iPhone Data Recovery to assist you recover some specific message files instead the whole backup.

Step 1. Choose Recover from iCloud Backup File on the iPhone Data Recovery and sign in iCloud with your Apple ID and Password. Of course, this program will not keep your login information to ensure your privacy.

log into iCloud

Step 2. After login, the program will list all your iCloud backup file. Select the one you think would contain your deleted text messages to scan and click Download. The iPhone Data Recovery would pop up a window to let you select file types you want to download. Tap Message > Contacts > Messages, Message Attachments and click Next. Of course, you can also choose other data types such as contacts, voicemail, notes, photos, etc. to download together.

Choose the file type

Step 3. After the few minutes, you can view your iCloud backup file on this recovery app. Choose the deleted text messages you want to recover from Message > Contacts > Messages on the left sidebar. Click Recover button to start recovering. Just remember do not connect your device during the recovery in order to avoid the iCloud backup file being updated or modified. After a while, you get back your iPhone deleted message files on your computer.

Recover deleted text messages

With the above three ways, you can easily recover your deleted text messages on your iPhone with or without backup. Of course, this iPhone Data Recovery can also help you to recover other types of lost or deleted data including contacts, photos, call logs, memos, notes, calendars, videos, WhatsApp, etc. It could be very helpful on any iPhone data lost incidents.

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