How Can You Recover Deleted iMessages(iOS 17/16/15 Supported)

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-10-23 / Update for  iPhone Data

I was trying to delete a conversation from a thread, but I deleted the entire thread from my iPhone. Are there ways to get it back?”

iMessage is one of the best messaging platforms of this generation. This platform is the sole property of Apple. The best part of using iMessage is that it is available for free, and in some instances, it can be faster than other messaging services. But the question is, can iMessages be recovered after deleting them accidentally? Actually, yes, it is possible to recover deleted iMessages after deletion. There are multiple methods available; you can check the article below for details.

A Visual Guide on How to Retrieve Deleted iMessages with 4 Methods

‘Can you recover deleted iMessages?’

Sure, you can. The easy way is to have a backup with iTunes or iCloud. So, after the deletion of those files, you will be able to restore them effectively.

But, how to get deleted iMessages back without a backup? Well, in such a condition, you have to use professional software — an effective one ofcourse. More details are provided below. Just check out the 4 different methods to find deleted iMessages below.

Method 1: Restore Deleted iMessages without Backup

In this part of the article, we are going to be discussing the way to recover deleted iMessages without backup.

These are a user who doesn’t really back up the device, even after constant warnings from the company. In these cases, it becomes quite difficult for the users to retrieve deleted iMessages, as there is no backup available.

So, the question remains; how to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone? Well, any official method will not be able to help you here, but a professional data recovery software will be most effective here if you can select the software wisely.

But we don’t really want the users to take that chance. So, we are recommending Tenorshare UltData for this procedure. This is an effective software with a high data recovery rate, which is also very easy to operate. So without further ado; let’s find out how to see deleted iMessages with UltData;

  • Just download UltData on your computer or Mac, then complete the installation.
  • Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch it. Click on ‘Recover from iOS Device’ on the program interface.

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    Image 1. Connect the iPhone

    The program will detect the connected device if it is connected and trusted.

  • After that, you will be directed to the next interface, where you have to select the files you want to be recovered. You can select ‘Messages & Attachments’.

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    Image 2. Select the file type

    The program will detect the connected device if it is connected and trusted.

  • After that, you will be directed to the next interface, where you have to select the files you want to be recovered. You can select ‘Messages & Attachments’.

    Image 3. Preview
  • Now, just select the deleted iMessages from the preview and click on the ‘Recover’ button.

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    Image 4. Recover deleted iMessages

The files will be recovered immediately. This is one of the best ways to get back deleted iMessages. You can also select if you want them directly back to your iPhone or on your computer.

Method 2: How to Get Deleted iMessages Back from iTunes Backup

‘How to get deleted iMessages?’

Unlike the previous scenario this time, we are discussing the official way to restore deleted iMessages via a backup.

There are 2 ways to create a backup on iPhone, and iTunes app is one of them. So, if you have created a backup using the iTunes app, then you will be able to restore the said backup using the following steps.

So, here’s how to recover iMessages;

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer and run the iTunes app
  • After that, click on the ‘Device’ icon on the iTunes panel.
  • Now, on the right-side of the panel, click on the ‘Restore Backup’ option.
  • After that, the list of all the relevant iTunes backups present on your computer will be visible on the screen. Choose the most relevant one and click ‘Restore’.

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    Pic 1. iTunes backup

Now, you may think that this is a great way to restore backup, but there are some issues. First of all, there is not a selective restore option available. And after the restoration, all the data and texts present on your iPhone will be overwritten. So, with iTunes, you will be able to recover recently deleted iMessages, but you will lose all your present data.

Method 3: How to Recover Deleted iMessages from iCloud without Computer

‘How to recover deleted iMessages from iCloud?’

There is another answer for; how to retrieve deleted iMessage? The answer is the second official app by Apple-iCloud.

Another thing is, if you are using iCloud to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone, then you won’t have to use a computer, unlike iTunes. But there is an issue with iCloud. It comes only with 5 GB storage space. So, if you have a shortage of space, then it could be a problem. But if you have enough space, then you will be able to recover iMessages, successfully.

Here’s how to retrieve deleted iMessages on iPhone without a computer;

  • Tap on ‘General’ from the ‘Settings; of your iPhone.
  • Then, tap on ‘Reset’ and select ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ option.

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    Pic 2. iPhone settings
  • Then, you will see the ‘Apps & Data’ screen.
  • From there, choose to recover from iCloud backup and login to your iCloud account.
  • Lastly, click on ‘Choose backup’ and select the appropriate backup from the list.

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    Pic 3. iCloud backup

So, iCloud is a viable answer for how to see deleted iMessages? But this is also not a very reliable method to restore iMessages, and if you don’t have enough space available, then you have to pay a large sum of money to get more space on iCloud.

Method 4: How to Find Deleted iMessages from Other Apple Devices

‘How to recover deleted iMessages?’

You already know; how to recover iMessages on an iPhone. But what about the other Apple devices?

The list of other Apple devices is pretty small; there is only iPad, iPod, and Mac. But the key here is Mac. And it is pretty simple to view deleted iMessages on Mac. The steps are also pretty simple with Tenorshare 4DDiG for Mac Data Recovery.

Here’s how to recover deleted iMessageson Mac.

  • Download and install ReiBoot on your PC or Mac. After that, launch the program and connect the iPad to it.

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    Image 5. Select the location
  • It takes a while to complete the scan. After the scan is finished, the list of deleted files will be displayed on the screen.

    Image 6. Preview
  • Check the preview and locate the file you were looking for. Select it and click on the ‘Recover’ button below.

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    Image 7. Recover the file

So, this way, you will be able to recover recently deleted iMessages, easily on a Mac.


Hence, the answer for; how to retrieve deleted iMessages is pretty simple. If you have a backup, then you can use iTunes or iCloud app for completing data restoration. But if you are running without a backup, then it is also possible to recover recently deleted iMessage but with a professional data recovery software. The best choice is Tenorshare UltData.