How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone or Android Phone

Text messaging has become increasingly important in our communication. How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone or Android phone if you lose or delete them accidentally? Many of iPhone or Android users believe that the messages that have been deleted cannot be retrieved, but it is not true. This article shows you the best solution to recover deleted text messages with ease.

Recover Deleted Text Messages

Part 1. How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone

It must be very disappointing for you if you lose something important, like text messages, and don't have any idea for deleted text message recovery. Instead of thinking 'Why me' question, you need to think about how to recover deleted text messages from iPhone. You are in the right place. For iOS users, deleted SMS text messages can be recovered from the device directly, or from any iPhone backup you've made to iTunes or to iCloud. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery is a perfect combination for you to easily recover deleted text messages from your iOS device, iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

The program can be your best choice. You know that the Messages app on iOS device is able to store various kinds of messages such as sentimental conversations, business information, love messages and so on, and Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery is capable of recovering the deleted, lost or hidden data from iPhone/iPad/iPod, guaranteeing no data loss. Not only messages, you can also use the program to recover other iOS data, such as photos, videos and more from the device or from the backup stored in iTunes or iCloud. Follow the below tutorial to recover deleted text messages.

How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone/iPad/iPod

What you need:

1. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod

2. The iOS USB cable

3. A computer installed with the latest iTunes version

4. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery

Step 1. Open iPhone Data Recovery

Download and install iPhone Data Recovery. Open the software, and you'll automatically enter the mode "Recover from iOS Device".

Interface

Step 2. Connect iOS device and trust computer

Connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod with computer using the USB cable. When it is connected, you'll see the device name in the interface. Tap on "Trust" on your iOS device to trust your computer.

Trust your computer

Then click the "Start Scan" button in the interface.

Connect iPhone

Notes: For iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4, this iOS data recovery tool provides standard mode and advanced mode. In standard mode, you can only find the deleted Contacts, Messages, Call History, etc. While in the advanced mode, it can recover more data like video, photos and so on. Besides, the advanced mode is also very useful for those who forgets the iPhone/iPad/iPod passcode or encounter system errors. But one point you need to know is that the latter mode is more time-consuming than the former.

Standard mode

Step 3. View deleted text messages after scanning your iOS device

iPhone Data Recovery will then immediately scan the data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Instead of extracting your iOS data, iPhone Data Recovery creates a copy of your iDevice database. You can see the program is the safest and it never does any harm to your device. The scanning process is very quick. After that, choose the "Message" option under the "Message & Contacts" section, you'll clearly view all messages displayed in the main interface. You are able to view the message in detail as well.

Scan iOS device

Step 4. Choose the deleted text messages for recovery

Choose and check the deleted text messages that you want to recover. The deleted text messages are marked in red, and the existing text messages are distinguished in black. To quickly find the deleted text messages for recovery, you can toggle on the option "Only display the deleted item(s)", then the program will show all deleted text messages sorted by date. After choosing, click the "Recover" button and decide the file folder to save the deleted text messages. Click here to recover deleted Kik messages.

recover deleted text messages

How to recover text messages from iTunes backup

What if your iPhone/iPad has been stolen, misplaced or damaged? Is there any solution for you to recover deleted text messages? The answer is "Yes". When you have previously made an iPhone/iPad backup to computer via iTunes, things can be easier for you to recover deleted text messages. And iPhone Data Recovery is also good for you.

Not only offering the way to let you recover deleted text messages straightly from the iOS device, iPhone Data Recovery can also enable you to retrieve deleted text messages when the device is stolen, misplaced or damaged, provided that you have made backup files with iTunes before. iTunes can not only back up multimedia data like music, videos, but also make a copy of your SMS text messages, iMessages, contacts, calendar entries, etc. But pay attention to one point, you can only retrieve text messages from an iPhone backup using iTunes if you have previously synced your phone to iTunes and made a backup. But iPhone Data Recovery can list all iTunes backup files and let you recover deleted text messages from the iTunes backup you prefer.

What you need:

1. iTunes installed on your computer

2. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery

3. An iTunes backup file

4. An iOS USB cable

Step 1. Choose the recovery mode and backup file

When you launch iPhone Data Recovery, choose the recovery mode. When you previously made iPhone/iPad/iPod backup using iTunes, you can choose the second mode, "Recover from iTunes Backup". Hit the option, and you'll see all available iOS backup files that you were using iTunes to make. You can choose the backup file for deleted text messages recovery and then click the "Start Scan" button to trigger the next step.

Choose iTunes backup file

Step 2. Scan the iTunes backup and view deleted text messages

Immediately, Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery will scan the backup file you choose, and display all data classified into the left panel. You can find the "Message" option among them. Click it and you can see the text messages listed in the interface. The deleted text messages are be distinguished in red, and the existing ones are be in black. And you are able to toggle on the "Only display the deleted item(s)" to fast locate the deleted text messages. Click the text message from the list, and you can view in detail the text message content from the right side.

Scan the iTunes backup

Step 3. Choose deleted text messages for recovery

Check the deleted text messages that you want to recover and get back to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Click the "Recover" button and choose the file folder for saving. Wait for a while, and iPhone Data Recovery will quickly recover the deleted text messages from iTunes backup.

recover text messages from iTunes

How to recover deleted text messages from iCloud backup

For those who want to recover deleted text messages but the iPhone/iPad/iPod has been stolen, damaged or misplaced, there is another way for you. If you previously and regularly back up your iOS device to iCloud, there is a great chance for you to recover deleted text messages. Besides iTunes, iCloud can also be a good data backup tool for iOS users. But one point you should know first is that iCloud only offers 5 GB free space for backup. And you can follow the tutorial below for deleted text messages from iCloud backup.

What you need:

1. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery

2. iCloud login

3. An iCloud backup for deleted text messages recovery

4. iOS USB cable

Step 1. Choose the recovery mode and log into iCloud

When you launch iPhone Data Recovery, choose the recovery mode "Recover from iCloud Backup" if you regularly make iCloud backup for your iPhone/iPad/iPod. You'll need to first log into your iCloud with the Apple ID and password. Then the program is able to access to the iCloud backup files.

log into iCloud

Step 2. Choose to download iCloud backup for deleted text messages recovery

When you log into iCloud, you can access all iCloud backup files. Choose the one where you are able to recover deleted text messages and then click the "Download" button.

iCloud backup list

Step 3. Choose the file type

Before downloading, you can optionally choose the file type for recovery. For those deleted text messages, you can only check the option "Messages" for downloading. Finally click "OK" button to continue downloading.

Choose the file type

Step 4. View and choose the deleted text messages for recovery

Soon, iPhone Data Recovery will scan the iCloud backup file you choose, and display all data you choose from the left module. Click the option of "Messages", and you can see the text messages listed in the interface. The deleted text messages are be distinguished in red, and the existing ones are be in black. And you are able to toggle on the "Only display the deleted item(s)" to fast locate the deleted text messages.

Click the text message from the list, and you can view in detail the text message content from the right side.

view text message

Step 5. Recover deleted text messages

Check the deleted text messages that you want to recover and get back to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Click the button of "Recover" and choose the file folder for saving. Wait for a while, and iPhone Data Recovery will quickly recover the deleted text messages from iCloud backup.

Recover deleted text messages

Instead of text messages, you could also recover iMessages with this application. Read this page: How to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone 8.

Part 2. How to recover deleted text messages on Android

Many unfortunate events may happen that can seamlessly result in accidental deletion of text messages, like a quick wrong without any notice. The majority of Android users believe that text messages cannot be retrieved after the deletion, but they are wrong! Actually, those deleted text messages on Android are temporarily saved in the virtual space. You cannot see them using the regular way, but you are able to recover the deleted text messages in a bigger chance, using the Android text messages recovery tool we recommend below.

Apeaksoft Android Data Recovery is definitely what you need to recover deleted text messages on Android. With the advanced efficiency and intuitive interface, you are able to easily and quickly get back the deleted text messages from Android without hassle. Using this program, you can recover deleted Android SMS text messages including names, phone numbers, and detailed contents with ease. In addition, Android Data Recovery is able to work well with most Android phones in brand of Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Google Nexus, ASUS, HUAWEI, Xiaomi, etc.

Steps to recover deleted text messages on Android

What you need:

1. Apeaksoft Android Data Reocovery

2. Your Android phone

3. Android USB cable

Step 1. Connect Android to Windows

First of all, download and install Android Data Recovery. Launch the program, and connect Samsung Galaxy S7/S8, HTC P10, Motorola MOTO X, etc. to computer with a USB cable.

Connect Android to Windows

Step 2. Turn on Android USB Debugging

Now, you need to allow the USB debugging. When your Android phone is connected, there should be a popup notice for USB debugging. Tap on "OK". If not, follow the detailed tutorial to turn on the USB debugging mode.

Android USB Debugging
Tips for USB Debugging:

For Android 4.2 or newer (including Android 7.0/8.0): Hit "Settings" > "About phone". Tab "Build number" for about 7 times till the dialogue box saying "You are under developer mode" shows up. Then go back to "Settings" > "Developer options" > "USB Debugging".

Step 3. Choose messages to Recover

When your Android device is connected successfully, it is high time you should choose your wanted file types. Here you want to recover deleted text messages, so you can only tick the box followed by "Messages" and click "Next".

Choose messages to Recover

Step 4. Preview and Recover Text Messages from Android

After scanning, you are allowed to view and read deleted text messages on Android. With the program, you can view names, dates or other information about all the SMS text messages. Click each name, you will learn the detailed message content from the right.

Recover Text Messages from Android

What's more, deleted messages are marked in red while the existing ones are black. If you are inclined to recover the deleted text messages, just toggle on the option of "Only display the deleted item(s)" to fast locate all the deleted text messages. Click and check the items you want and then click the "Recover" button; Android Data Recovery will help you recover deleted text messages on Android immediately. The saved text messages will be in the format of CSV and HTML formats. Then you are able to open the CSV file in Microsoft Excel or Notepad. And the HTML file can more clearly display the deleted text messages. The latter is a recommended choice.

In this article, we mainly show you the detailed tutorials on how to recover deleted text messages. Whether you want to recover deleted text messages on iPhone or on Android phone, Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery or Android Data Recovery can do a great job for you and show you a satisfying result. Surely, the best way is to develop a good habit to backup SMS on Android or iPhone to avoid any data loss.

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