Solutions of Retrieving Deleted Text Messages on Android and iOS Devices

Although people nowadays are used to using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp or other APPs to send messages to each other, text messages are still an important form of communication. We still use text messages to send significant information. However, it is very common that in daily life people delete text messages by mistake. People may delete important text messages unintentionally when they want to delete messages for advertisement text messages on their Android and iOS Devices which may be reset. All in all, whatever the reason it is, it's upset to delete the text messages you still need. So, when you are faced with such problems, how can you retrieve deleted text messages on your Android or iOS devices? Fortunately, we have various kinds of solutions to retrieve deleted text messages, which will get you out of the trouble. If you happened to lose or delete important text messages, do not be upset, you can follow the steps of our tutorial. The article shows you several ways to retrieve deleted text messages on Android/iPhone. Just go through the article to learn more details about the solutions. And then you can choose the most suitable solution to retrieve deleted text messages on your devices.

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Part 1: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on Android

Many people who use Android phones might take it for granted that once they delete text messages, there will be no chance to retrieve them. The answer is negative. Those deleted text messages on Android will be saved in a virtual space for a certain time, which is invisible for common users to find out. Here we will recommend you a powerful tool, Android Data Recovery, which makes it easy to retrieve deleted text messages on Android. Apeaksoft Android Data Recovery is exactly your best choice. You can download this tool from its official website. And then follow the step-by-step solution to retrieve text messages on Android.

Step 1. Download Apeaksoft Android Data Recovery and start up the program. Then connect your Android phone to your computer, which will be able to scan the computer automatically and identify your phone.

Android Data Recovery

Step 2. If your phone and computer are successfully connected, you will see a pop-up window for USB debugging and just choose "OK".

If the new window doesn't come up as usual, you are expected to open it by yourself. First, enter the "Settings" and enter "About device". After that, tap "Build number" for seven times; Finally, back to "Settings" and choose "Developer options", then you will see the option "USB Debugging".

USB debugging

Step 3. When everything above is done, you can choose the file types that you want to recover. Here you just need to tick the box in front of "Messages" and click the "Next" button.

choose file type

Step 4. The tool will search for relevant information on your phone. You can see all messages including those deleted ones with their names, date and information. Click the names, you can see the details on the right window.

Besides, the undeleted messages are marked in black and those deleted are marked in red. You can also click the "Only display the deleted item(s)" button for convenience, which makes it faster to find out those deleted text messages.

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Step 5. Click "Recover" button to start recovering deleted messages that you still want to get back. And then you can retrieve text messages that you deleted with the program now.

There is one more thing that you need to pay attention to: the deleted messages can be downloaded in the format of CSV or HTML. However, HTML will be the recommended format, for it shows the contents of messages more clearly.

Part 2: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Retrieving deleted text messages can also be achieved on iPhones. What's more, there are more methods on iPhone to recover deleted text messages for you to choose, for some users like to backup and restore their information to iCloud or iTunes. So, those deleted text messages probably can be found in the backup of iCloud or iTunes. Now we are going to share with you three methods of how to retrieve those deleted messages on iPhone, including retrieving deleted text messages from iPhone itself, iTunes backup or iCloud backup?

You can choose the most suitable one from these three methods. Likewise, we are going to introduce the same tool - Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery to you. This tool enables you to retrieve text messages selectively on your iPhone. And with the help of iPhone Data Recovery, you are allowed to simplify the whole process of how to retrieve text messages on your iPhone. Most importantly, it supports various kinds of data formats, such as text messages, photos, videos, audio files and so on. In the following article, we will show you the steps to recover deleted text messages in details.

Method 1: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone directly

First, let's see how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone directly.

Step 1. Download Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery from its official website and install it on your computer or Mac. Launch the software.

Download Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery

Step 2. Then you can see three modes in the left side of the window. Choose the first one "Recover from iOS Device".

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Step 3. Now connect your iPhone to your computer with USB cable. If your iPhone is locked, please input the passcode to make sure it keeps unlock. After successfully connected, tap on the "Trust" button on your iPhone's screen and click the "Start scan" button on computer screen.

start scanning iphone

Step 4. After the scanning, all data on your iPhone will be present in the window of the software and all the data will be clearly classified according to their types. You are able to see "Category", "Backup files" and "Deleted files". Choose "Messages" option and you can see all your messages including those deleted ones.

scanning result

Step 5. Click the name of addressee on the "Name" list, you can see the detailed content on the right side of the window. Then tick those text messages that you want to retrieve and click the "Recover" button, and then you can retrieve deleted text messages for iPhone accordingly. It also enables you to recover recently deleted photos on iPhone with ease.


Method 2: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

iTunes is a very useful system for iPhone users. People synchronize their iPhone to iTunes to back up. Man can back up everything on iTunes, such as songs, rings, e-books, photos, videos and so on. Of course text messages can be backed up. When people want to use a new iPhone or they format their iPhones negligently, they can get their previous information to the iPhone they use now from iTunes, as long as they have backed up before. Such things happened that people may delete some important text messages. Fortunately they can recover those deleted messages from backup. However, how? How can man retrieve text messages from iTunes backup? we are gonna show you the way to retrieve them next with the software Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery.

Step 1. Download Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery and start it. There will be three modes in the left side of the interface. Choose the second one "Recover from iTunes Backup File". Then you can see all backup that saved by iTunes on the list.

Only when you have backed up on iTunes before can you choose this option.


Step 2. The right side of the interface displayed all backup files that your iPhone has been synchronized with the iTunes on this computer. Choose the one you need and click the "Start scan" button.

If you can find your backup files, there may be two reasons: you did not sync your iPhone with iTunes on this computer; or you changed the location of backup.

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Step 3. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery will scan the chosen file in a very short time. You won't be waiting for long. Everything in your backup file will be sorted according to their types. Just choose the item we need "Messages".

Step 4. Then the interface will display all the messages in the backup. What if there are too many text messages and we can hardly tell which are deleted? Actually there is a switch on the top of the interface. Turn it on, there will be only deleted text messages displayed. Click the name of addressee, you are able to view detailed content of the text message on the right side of the interface.

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Step 5. Choose those deleted messages that you want to retrieve and click the button "Recover". Then the information will be on your iPhone again.

Method 3: How to retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud backup

iCloud is the cloud service provided by Apple, which provides 5GB cloud storage space. A user with small iPhone memory or insufficient iPhone memory will upload some important information to iCloud. People can download them when they need. If you made backup on iCloud before and you deleted some important text messages by mistake and you want them back, follow this tutorial to make it by yourself.

Step 1. Launch Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. There will be three modes in the left side of the interface. Choose the third one "Recover from iCloud Backup File".

Step 2. You need to log in your iCloud first. Enter the Apple ID and password.

Don't connect your iPhone to the computer or it may lead to update or modification, which could cause those deleted information to be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.

icloud login

Step 3. After you log in your iCloud successfully, you will be able to view all your iCloud backup files. Look through the list, choose the one you need according to the name or date and click the "download" button in the bottom right corner.

icloud backup list

Step 4. Then you can see the interface with many boxes and options. Each box corresponds to one type of information. Here choose the "Message & Contacts" and tick the box. If you only want text messages to be scanned, you can only tick the "Messages" box. That means only this type of information will be scanned and recovered.

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Step 5. Click the "Next" button, Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery will display all text messages and you can see the detailed content by clicking the names of addressee. Choose those deleted text messages that you want to retrieve and click the "recover" button. When it finishes downloading, you can check your iPhone that whether the deleted text messages be recovered.

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Deleting important text messages by mistake makes people mad. What's worse, some business-related information may even have a terrible effect to the work. However, after reading this article, we believe you already know the way of how to recover deleted information. If you encounter this problem or the same type of problem again next time, we believe you are able to solve it with ease.

However, we personally suggest you doing backup job regularly. If you've never done a backup, the information that was deleted a long time ago is likely to never be returned. So the safest way is to back up your phone regularly. If you think that it is too bothersome, you can just back up the most important information. In addition, you ought to become more cautious when you delete text messages. Finally, we hope you can find the information you need and do not get any loss.

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