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[Solved] iPhone Keeps Deleting My Messages Without Asking

Updated by Cedric on Jul 20, 2023
Written by Brithny
 | Home > iPhone Data Recovery


If your iPhone deletes messages by itself without asking, you can read this detailed instruction to know the reasons why iPhone keeps deleting messages itself and the solutions to fix this issue with some practical solutions.

Why is my iPhone deleting messages?

The "iPhone deleting messages by itself" issue can be caused by various reasons, some of which are listed below. It is smart for you to know why the iPhone is deleting messages itself as it can help you prevent data loss from happening in the future.

Reason 1. Incorrect Settings

If you have set your iPhone to keep your text messages in 30 days or 1 year instead of Forever. You check it by going to your Settings > Messages > Keep Messages. 

Check messages in the settings

Reason 2. iOS Update Failure

Though iOS update brings bug fixes, it also comes along with bugs. That's why Apple recommends its users to backup their iPhone before updating. Apart from messages, iOS update failure may also cause the "iPhone contacts missing" issue.

Reason 3. Short of Storage Space

Running out of storage space is also a possible factor. You can go to your Settings > General > iPhone Storage to check if there is enough storage. If there is insufficient memory, you can free up more space on the iPhone or buy extra storage space.

3 Solutions to Fix "iPhone Keeps Deleting Messages" Issue

Currently, you can retrieve the deleted messages with three methods, restoring from iTunes or iCloud if you've made a back, or selectively restoring messages with the messages recovery tool - EaseUS MobiMover. Now, you can read the following instruction to fix the "iPhone deleting text messages" issue.

Solution 1. The Quickest Way to Recover Deleted Messages from iPhone [Recommend]

Actually, the deleted files are still stored on your iPhone's internal memory as an invisible format. They will stay there until some new data to overwrite them. You can't access and recover them unless using some professional iOS recovery tools like EaseUS MobiSaver. 

EaseUS MobiMover is a reliable and easy-to-use recovery tool that can help you retrieve deleted messages with or even without backup. It has many incomparable advantages when it comes to recovering deleted messages.

  • Recover lost data caused by human errors.
  • Retrieve contacts, messages, call history, photos, videos, notes, music, etc.
  • Recover data directly from iPhone, iTunes, and iCloud backup files.
  • Selectively preview data before restoring.
  • Fully compatible with iPhone X/8 (Plus)/7 (Plus)/6s/5s/5c/5 and the latest iOS 13/14.

Now, you can follow the easy steps below to restore your deleted text messages. Here we will take "Restore from iOS Device," for example. You can also choose "Recover from iTunes" or "Recover from iCloud" as your needs.

Step 1. Choose the Recovery Mode

Connect iPhone to your PC and launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Click "Recover from iOS Device" on the left, and click "Start".

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Step 2. Scan iPhone for Lost Messages

EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan iPhone 13/12/11/X/XR/XS/8/7/6/5/4, and find lost messages and message attachments for you.

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Step 3. Preview and Restore Lost Messages

Tick "Messages" and "Message Attachments". Choose the messages and attachments that you want to recover. Click "Recover to PC" or "Recover to Device" to decide where you'd like to restore them. 

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Solution 2. Free Recover Lost Messages from iCloud Backup

If you have created backups for your text messages and contacts into iCloud, you can then follow the steps below to restore lost messages. It is worth noting that this is a blind fill restoring, which will erase your current messages. 

Step 1. Sign in to iCloud on your iOS device, tap Settings > iCloud, and turn off Contacts/Text Messages.

Step 2. Press Keep on My iPhone when the popup messages come up.

Step 3. Turn on the Text Messages and tap Merge. 

Step 4. Wait patiently, and all lost messages will be restored to your iOS device again.

Solution 3. Get Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Restoring text messages from iTunes will erase the existing data on the iPhone. If you don't want to lose important files, just jump back to Solution 1 to use EaseUS MobiSaver to get deleted text messages back without erasing.

Step 1. Open iTunes on PC or Mac that you used to backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Step 2. Connect the iOS device to the computer with a USB cable. Follow the onscreen steps to enter your device passcode or to trust This Computer.

Step 3. Select your iOS device such as iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes.

Step 4. Choose Restore Backup in iTunes and look at the date and size of each backup and select the most relevant.

Step 5. Click Restore and wait for the restore to be finished.

retrieve automatically deleted iPhone messages from iTunes backup

Notice: Make sure that the iTunes backup you made before contains the deleted messages!

The Bottom Line

With the methods offered in this post, we hope you have successfully found your lost messages back. To prevent data loss in the future, you'd better regularly export iPhone data to Windows 10 or back up your iPhone data to iCloud and iTunes. Thus, you can get lost files back from iCloud backup or iTunes backup if data loss happens to you.

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