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How Do I Recover Deleted Text Messages on My iPhone for Free

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Daisy updated on Mar 25, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery |How-to Articles

Summary

You will know how to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone for free with three different methods. Depending on whether you have a backup or not, the best way for you varies.

"How do I recover deleted text messages on my iPhone for free?"

If this is the question you want to ask, you will get a satisfying answer after reading this guide.

Generally, if you want to perform free text message recovery on your iPhone and you have made an iTunes/iCloud/Finder backup of your iPhone before, you can use the official way from Apple to restore deleted text messages on your iPhone for free. However, if you don't have a backup available, you will need a free iPhone data recovery tool to help.

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Without Backup for Free

When there is no backup available, your only chance to retrieve deleted messages on your iPhone is to use third-party iOS data recovery software. If you want to perform free text message recovery on your iPhone, you will need free iPhone recovery software like EaseUS MobiSaver. It allows you to:

  • Recover lost data on iPhone via a PC or Mac
  • Recover photos, videos, messages, contacts, and more
  • Restore iPhone data from the device or from an iTunes/iCloud backup

To recover deleted iPhone messages for free:

Step 1. Connect your iOS device to the computer and launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" and click "Scan."

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Step 2. The software will scan your device for all lost files. (You can choose "Only display deleted items" to list deleted messages.)

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Step 3. Choose the text messages you want to recover and click the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

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If you want to prevent data loss, it's worth doing to back up iPhone regularly.

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone for Free via iTunes

On the condition that you have made an iTunes backup before, you can use iTunes to get back deleted text messages from your iOS device for free. An iTunes backup includes almost all data and settings on an iPhone, including text messages.

However, when you use iTunes to recover deleted messages on your iPhone, you have to recover all other types of content together. That means everything on the iOS device will be replaced by content in the iTunes backup.

If that's acceptable for you, read on to check more details.

To recover deleted text messages on iPhone for free via iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, unlock the iPhone, and trust the computer.

Step 2. Make sure iTunes is running.

Step 3. Click the device icon in iTunes, and select "Restore Backup."

Step 4. Select a backup you want to retrieve deleted messages from and click "Restore."

How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone for free with iTunes

You may encounter an issue like "iPhone not showing up in iTunes." If you do, follow the troubleshooting guide to solve the problem.

Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone for Free via iCloud

Similar to an iTunes backup, an iCloud backup also covers your iPhone text messages and you have to restore everything on the iPhone from the iCloud backup. Besides, to retrieve deleted messages from an iCloud backup, you need to erase your iPhone data and settings first. Then you can go through the setup process again and choose to restore the iPhone from an iCloud backup.

To retrieve deleted texts on iPhone via iCloud:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and then choose "Erase All Content and Settings."

Step 2. Set up the iPhone following the onscreen instructions.

Step 3. When you see the Apps & Data screen, tap "Restore from iCloud Backup."

Step 4. Enter your iCloud account as required and select a backup to restore.

Recover deleted messages on iPhone for free via iCloud

The Bottom Line

As you can see, whether you want to recover deleted data from an iTunes or iCloud backup, you will lose the existing data on your iPhone. If you want to recover data selectively from a backup or there is no backup available, using a tool like EaseUS MobiSaver is recommended.

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