How to Recover Lost Messages after iOS 17/16 Update

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-10-23 / Update for  iOS 12

When you downgrade or upgrade to a specific iOS version, there are huge chances of losing your precious data. In case you have updated to iOS 17/16 and then discovered that you lost messages after iPhone update. We can imagine how you must be feeling. But, there is nothing to worry about. Like any other data on your iPhone, deleted or lost messages can also be recovered. We will show you how to do that perfectly.

In this article, we are going to explain different ways of retrieving lost messages on iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6, iPad after iOS 17/16 Update. Stay tuned to learn more.

Part 1: Is It Possible to Recover Lost Messages after Update

Whether you own an iPad/Phone, you can recover the lost messages. When iPhone update deleted text messages, you can't get them back simply like that. You need to perform specialized tasks to get the lost data back on your iPhone. In the following section of the article we are explaining the processes in detail.

Part 2: How to Fix Messages Missing after iOS 17Update

If you lost text messages from iPhone after update, trying to force restart the iPhone or iPad or restarting the message app itself might bring back the messages. You can try it and see if the texts are back on your iPhone.

1. Restart the Message App

For this, you need to first tap the 'Home' button and enable the 'App Switcher'.

Slide the 'Messages' application card for force quitting it.

2. Force Restart Your iPhone

If the above steps were uneventful then try force restarting the iOS device and try if it can fix your issue.

On iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus/iPad/iPod Touch and older: Push down the 'Sleep/Wake' and 'Home' buttons until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 7/7 Plus: Hold down the 'Volume Down' and 'Sleep Wake' buttons and wait for Apple logo to glow.

iPhone 14/13/12/11/8/8 Plus/X: Tap and leave the 'Volume Up' button followed by the 'Volume Down' key. Press and hold the 'Sleep/Wake' button > till the Apple logo is visible.

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Part 3: 3 Easy Ways to Deleted Messages on the iPhone/iPad after Update

When everything else has failed to bring back iPhone lost messages when updated, you can always look for reliable options like Tenorshare UltData. Whether you have a backup or not for your iPad/iPhone you can always recover lost or deleted data of your iOS device using UltData. It has 3 different ways for recovering data, i.e. from the iOS device, from iCloud backup file, and from iTunes backup file. Apart from retrieving deleted iOS text messages, it can fix day-to-day iOS issues. More than 20 types of data recovery is supported by UltData. It is compatible with all iOS devices and runs on Windowz as well as Mac systems. Prior to recovering the data, you can preview them using this software.

1. Recover Lost Text Messages after iOS 17Update without Update

Step 1: Once you have downloaded, installed and run the software on your pre-trusted PC, it's time to connect your iPhone/iPad to it. Select the 'Recover from iOS Device' tab from the Tenorshare UltData interface.

Step 2: Choose the desired deleted data that you want to recover in this section. Click the checkbox next to 'Messages & Attachments' and then hit the 'Start Scan' button.

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Step 3: As soon as the scanning process gets over, you can see the scanned data is categorically arranged on screen. Pick the 'Only display the deleted items' and preview the lost text messages. Choose the specific messages you want to recover or select all messages and tap 'Recover'.

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Step 4: Hit the 'Recover to Device' or 'Recover to Computer' option as you desire. Specify the 'Output Settings' (if saving on PC) followed by the 'Save' button.

2. Recover Lost Messages After iOS 17Update from iTunes Backup

Step 1: After connecting the iPhone/iPad select 'Recover from iTunes Backup File' in this section. You will find a list of iTunes backup files on screen. Select the appropriate backup file and tap 'Start Scan'.

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Step 2: After scanning is complete the contained within the backup file will be available for the preview. Tap 'Show Only Deleted' to get hold of the deleted text messages.

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Step 3: Select the desired data i.e. 'Messages' and 'SMS Attachments', click 'Recover' and mention the output settings and destination location on the PC. Now, you can specify 'Recover to Device' or 'Recover to Computer' as you desire.

3. Recover Lost Messages After iOS 17Update from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Select 'Recover from iCloud Backup File' after connecting the iPhone and then login to your iCloud account.

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Step 2: From the list of backup files pick the appropriate one and hit 'Next'.

choose backup file

Step 3: Select the data type, i.e. 'Messages & Attachments' here and then tap 'Next' again.

select data type

Step 4: In a while the iCloud backup file data gets downloaded and you can see the preview by clicking on the 'Messages' and 'SMS Attachments' from the left panel. Lastly, hit the 'Recover' button and you're all sorted.

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From the above article, we conclude that Tenorshare UltData is no doubt the best way to recover lost text messages from your iOS device. You can easily recover iPhone update triggered deleted text messages back on your iPhone. It also fixes regular iOS problems