Dive into 6 Ways to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone (100% Success)


It is never too late to recover the deleted iMessages on your iPhone, for picking up the most important data. Why? Here's why this post is showing the best 6 ways, to help you retrieve the deleted iMessages from iPhone, even with or without backup.

"I accidentally deleted the old iMessages from my wife, which were quite important for me? How do I recover these old imessages?"

Sending messages through Wi-Fi is between iPhone iPad users are very popular. However, accidents like deletion, device lost will lead to iMessages loss. If the iMessages are meaningful for you, then you may get stuck in anxiety.

If you also suffer a lot for the deleted iMesaages, then you come to the right place? Why? This pot focuses on 6 ways to help you find the deleted iMessages on iPhone, whether you get a backup or no backup.

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Part 1. How to recover deleted iMessages without backup

"Without backup, can I recover the deleted iMessages? My iPhone is iPhone 7 with iOS 11?"

Of course yes.

What you need is to keep reading to learn how to make it.

Solution 1. Find old iMessages on other devices

If you have made iMessages sync across all your other iOS devices like iPad or Mac device, where you have activated it with the same Apple ID or iCloud account, then you will find iMessages will be on each device respectively.

Now, let's show you the example.

If you set up iMessages on iPhone 6, and also use the same Apple ID or iCloud account on your Mac, then after you delete iMessages on iPhone, you could still log on Mac to see the old iMessage conversations by launching Messages from your desktop.

Recover Deleted iMessages from Other Devices

Easy, right? What you need to do is that you have set up iMessages on other iOS devices with the same account.

But, the question is if you did NOT set up iMessages on other devices, how to deal with it? Do not worry, keep reading and find the way to get the deleted iMessages backup from your iPhone directly.

Solution 2. View and retrieve deleted iMessages from iPhone iPad directly

What you need is the iPhone data recovery software, Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery, which enables you to recover the deleted data safely and quickly.

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  • Recover the deleted iMessages from iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4/3GS, iPad Pro, etc.
  • Retrieve the lost iMessages from iTunes and iCloud backup with iPhone.
  • Restore other data like contacts, text messages, message attachments, WhatsApp chat history, etc. on iPhone.
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Now, let's move on the steps.

Step 1. Scan iPhone

Download and install iPhone Data Recovery on computer. This software supports Windows and Mac, and you can select the one you like. Click "iPhone Data Recovery".

Use USB cable to connect iPhone with PC/Mac, and click the first mode in the left pane, "Recover from iOS Device" > "Start Scan" to scan your iPhone.

Connect iPhone

Step 2. View old iMessages

After the scan process finishes, you could see all data type on your iPhone display in this software. Click "Messages" to see all the text messages and iMessages.

If you only want to see the deleted items, just turn the toggle of "Only display the deleted items" to view all deleted iMessages.

View old iMessages

Step 3. Recover deleted iMessages from iPhone

After you find the deleted items, checkmark and click "Recover" to save the deleted iPhone iMessages to computer as CSV, HTML and attached files.

Recover deleted iMessages from iPhone

Check the video to learn how to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone.

How to recover deleted iMessages from iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4

Still, you may ask:

"Can I recover the deleted iMessage history without iPhone?"

Yes, exactly.

If you lost the iMessages for the sad accidents, like iPhone is crashed, iPhone is drawn, or iPhone is stolen or lost, etc. you are allowed to find the way to get the iMessages retrieval in the following descriptions.

Part 2. How to restore deleted iMessages from iTunes backup

If you have ever connected your iPhone to your computer for making backup, then you are fortunate now. Why?

Here you can extract the backup with the deleted iMessages via iTunes.

How to restore deleted iMessages from iTunes backup

Because iTunes backup contains your iMessages backup. Check what iTunes backup.

Solution 3. Get back the deleted iMessages using iTunes (Data overwrite)

If you see for a free way, but not mind replacing all iPhone data currently with the backup, just do as the solution tells.

In the following steps, you need to use the computer where you have backed up iPhone to iTunes.

Step 1. Run iTunes on PC

Run iTunes on your computer. For making the success of iMessages restore, please make sure you have updated iTunes to the latest version.

Step 2. Restore iMessages

Connect iPhone to computer, and iTunes will detect your iPhone automatically. Find your iPhone icon and click "Summary" > "Restore Backup…" to select the backup that contains the deleted iMessages, and restore it to your iPhone.

Restore deleted iMessages from iTunes


If you use this way to restore the deleted iMessages to your iPhone, you will find all existing data on your iPhone will be wiped out and replaced with the restored backup.

If you do not want to cover all data on iPhone, just continue reading the next solution.

Solution 4. View and extract deleted iMessages via iTunes

Here, iPhone Data Recovery will also do you a great favor. Why?

It will help you scan iTunes backup and export the backup including the iMessages, text messages, contacts, photos, etc. to your computer.

Step 1. Scan iTunes backup

Still launch this program on your computer, click "iPhone Data Recovery" > "Recover from iTunes Backup". You can see the list of iTunes backups, and select the one where the erased iMessages are stored. Click "Start Scan".

Scan iTunes backup

Step 2. View and retrieve the deleted iMessages

Wait for this tool to scan the iTunes backup. After the scanning process, you can see all data type display on the left pane. Click "Messages" to see all the deleted iMesages.

Check those that you want to restore, click "Recover" to save the deleted iMessages to computer.

View and retrieve the deleted iMessages

In this way, what you need is only the computer with iTunes backup.

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Part 3. How to bring back deleted iMessages from iCloud backup

How to bring back deleted iMessages from iCloud backup

"iCloud backup iMessages?"

Yes. Check here to see what data iCloud backs up.

Ok. Since iCloud backs up iMessages, then you could also find the solution to restore iMessages from iCloud backup.

Certainly, if you did back up iPhone to iCloud before.

Solution 5. Regain deleted iMessages from iCloud (Data overwrite)

Step 1. Reset iPhone

On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings". Here will wipe out all on your iPhone to make it as "New".

Reset iPhone

Step 2. Restore from iCloud backup

After factory settings your iPhone, you will be directed into "Apps & Data" screen. Tap "Restore from iCloud Backup". Sign in your iCloud account, and select one backup to get all iMessages back to your iPhone.

View and retrieve the deleted iMessages

Look out:

Taking the way to recover the deleted iMessages will overwrite all data and settings on your iPhone currently, and replace with the previous iCloud backup.

Wiping out all data? Sounds terrible?

Just use the last but not least way.

Solution 6. See and access old iMessages through iCloud

Step 1. Sign in iCloud

Again, run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Click "iPhone Data Recovery" > "Recover from iCloud Backup". Log in your iCloud account and password.

View and retrieve the deleted iMessages

Step 2. Download iCloud backup

Select the iCloud backup file that you need, and then hit "Download" button on the right side. Wait a few seconds to complete the iCloud backup files downloading process.

Download iCloud backup

Step 3. Select Messages

There will be the pop-up window to let you select file type, tick Messages to move on.

Select Messages

Step 4. Access and recover iMessages

Click "Messages" under "Messages & Contacts" option, turn on or off deleted items display (optional) to view the deleted iMessages, and hit "Recover" button to recover deleted iMessages from iCloud backup files.

Access and recover iMessages

Part 4. Bonus tips for iMessages

Honestly, we should end this post here.

However, we found some tips about iMessages that you may be interested in.

iMessages VS Text messages

iMessages VS Text messages

In one word summary:

iMessages supports sending photos, videos, files, locations, and a slew of other data types using the Wi-Fi, while text messages only send text limited to 160 characters through your wireless carrier with money.

In details:

iMessages only work between Apple devices like Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod. Text messages (SMS) is available for any phone with the support of carrier.

When you send photos attached in your text messages, it will become MMS, and carrier may charge more when you use it.

iMessage is faster than SMS. Via the Internet, you can send photos and other large files a lot faster using iMessage than MMS messages.

The messages sent by iMessages will show in blue dialog and text messages in green.

You can set up iMessages on more than one iOS device, so that your iMessages will be displayed on more devices. At this point, text messages cannot do that.

So how to make the settings?

Keep reading to get the information.

Set up iMessages

Set up iMessages

iMessages is available after you make the settings. Go through the steps as below to check that.

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Messages" > Turn on "iMessages".

Enable iMessages on iPhone

Step 2. Navigate "Send & Receive" to sign in your Apple, and add the contact that you can be reached by iMessages and start new conversations.

Here, you could add email or phone number as the contact information.

Add Cotacts for iMessages

After you set up iMessages on your iPhone, you could start to add stickers, bubble effects, etc. to send.

Backup and restore iMessages

Backup and restore iMessages

Actually, though the above ways can help you access the deleted iMessages, it is not the ideal option to do that.


The deleted iMessages long before may get a smaller possibility of recovery. So you had better backup iMessages frequently and restore it in case.

Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore is the iMessages backup and restore software that you will need.

Step 1. Still open iPhone Data Recovery on your computer, click "iOS Data Backup & Restore" > "iOS Data Backup".

iMessages Backup and Restore - Interface

Step 2. Connect your iPhone, select "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup"

iMessages Backup and Restore - Backup

Step 3. Select data type for backup. Here you need to checkmark "Messages & Attachments".

iMessages Backup and Restore - Select Data

Step 4. Click "Next" to start to back up iPhone data.

iMessages Backup and Restore - Backup

Now it's up to you to follow suit to recover the deleted iMessages on iPhone.

You cannot miss here:

As another messaging app using Wi-Fi, WhatsApp, if you lost WhatsApp messages on your iPhone, just visit here: Recover deleted WhatsApp Messages.

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