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How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone

Cedric Grantham
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Messages stored within iPhone covers much and significant information among friends, family, and colleagues in our daily life, however, messages lost or mistaken deletions often happen, especially the latter case. What will you do if you lost or accidentally delete iPhone messages that contained valuable information? Here, we will teach you how to recover recently deleted messages to your iPhone by using iTunes & iCloud backup with step by step guidance. What's more, EaseUS MobiMover Free is introduced for easier iPhone backup compared to iTunes and iCloud, check it if you are interested. 

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Part 1. Recover Messages via iTunes Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable and run iTunes...Full steps
Part 2. Recover Messages via iCloud Go to "Settings" > Scroll down to click "General"...Full steps
Part 3. Back Up iPhone Messages Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch the iOS data transfer software...Full steps

Recover deleted messages on iPhone with iTunes backup

For users who keep the good habit of backup iPhone regularly, messages lost and mistaken deletions are not so horrible because you can use iTunes backup to recover the deleted messages on iPhone. See how from detailed steps below.

1. Run the latest iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable, if you find your iPhone cannot connect to iTunes, check how to fix it.

2. Choose the Device icon on the top left side of the iTunes Window.

3. Click Restore Backup which is on the right side of the Backups section. If you want to create a new backup, click Back Up Now.

4. Choose the backup date in the drop-down menu of the box near the Device. You must choose the date at which your messages are all on your iPhone.

5. Choose Restore to bring back deleted messages on your iPhone.

recover deleted messages with itunes

Recover deleted messages on iPhone with iCloud backup

In addition to recovering deleted messages by using iTunes backup, another smart choice is to use iCloud backup which will be carried out in accordance with the same principle.

1. Go to Settings on your iPhone > Scroll down and tap General.

2. Scroll down and tap on Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

3. Enter your iPhone passcode > Tap Erase iPhone again.

erase all settings and data on iphone

When you come to this step, you iPhone will be erased clearly. And then you can set up your iPhone from the very beginning with setting language, region, etc.

4. When you see prompted notice on Restore from iCloud Backup, tap it. Then, enter your Apple ID and passcode.

5. Tap Choose Backup > choose the backup date > wait for restore. 

recover deleted messages on iphone with icloud

Tutorials for retrieving deleted messages also work for recovering deleted apps and contacts on iPhone, check the blog if necessary. 

Back up iPhone with MobiMover

As we mentioned before, if you have backed up your iPhone regularly, you can easily recover your messages from a backup file. iTunes and iCloud are the most used ways to back up the whole iPhone data while you can't freely choose one specific iPhone category to be backed up. Now, here comes EaseUS MobiMover, the easiest and free iPhone data transfer software enables you to freely just back up iPhone messages to PC to avoid the risk of data loss. 

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC, unlock your device, and trust the computer. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Since you want to back up your iPhone messages, select "Messages" only. As you can see, you can back up other supported file types together with messages from your iPhone. The messages will be kept on Desktop by default, but you can click "Select" to choose another path. Afterward, click the backup button to start backing up your iPhone messages and attachments.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Wait for the process to complete. If you need to restore the message backup to your iPhone in the future, go to "Backup Manager" > "Restore" and select the backup you just made.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Just repeat above steps to back up other iPhone contents to PC, such back up iPhone 8 contacts to PC, transfer iPhone photos, notes and music to computer to avoid data loss.

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