4 Easy Ways to Find Old Messages on iPhone Easily without Scrolling

Considering that most of us retain our message threads for months, scrolling to find a particular message that was sent a while back can be a real pain. And we know as much. If you are one such user, you are in the right place. Would you like to know how to find old text messages on iPhone this article explains various practical methods of how to easily locate old messages on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5.

  • Way 1: See Old Messages on iPhone in Messages App
  • Way 2: View Old Messages on iPhone via Spotlight Search
  • Way 3: Quickly Get to the Beginning of a Text Conversation
  • Way 4: Find Old iPhone Messages/iMessages by Date Using Software
  • Way 1: See Old Messages on iPhone in Messages App

    Not too long ago, Apple added a search bar at the top of iMessage App. This has made it easy for users to search old messages on iPhone. However, this method requires you to remember some information of the messages you want to see. Want to know how to see old text messages on iPhone? Follow the procedure below.

    Step 1: Launch the messages app on your iPhone.

    Step 2: Swipe down to open the search bar. The search bar will appear at the top of the interface.

    Step 3: Enter a phrase, phone number, or keyword string in the search bar. The results will be automatically displayed on your screen in real time as you type.

     search messages on iphone

    The major drawback of using this method is the fact that you do not get to search a specific message by date.

    Way 2: View Old Messages on iPhone via Spotlight Search

    Spotlight Search is a convenient tool on iPhone to search for contacts, songs, email, messages, calendar events, the App Store, Web, Maps and other apps. You can find old text messages on iPhone with Spotlight by following the procedure below.

    Step 1: From the middle of the home screen, swipe down.

    Tap the search bar located at the top of the interface.

    Step 3: Type in the context, relevant information, phrase or phone number of the deleted messages.

     find deleted text messages using spotlight search

    Step 4: The results are displayed according to the apps. Select the message you are looking for by tapping it.

    Way 3: Quickly Get to the Beginning of a Text Conversation

    Want to know how to find old messages on iPhone quickly? You'll agree that scrolling to the top of a message thread can be quite tedious, especially if you have a long conversation. The procedure below allows you to easily locate messages without scrolling.

    Step 1: Open a message thread of your choice.

    Step 2: Tap the top bar on your screen interface. The bar that displays information such as mobile carrier name, battery level, current time and other information.

     quickly scroll to top of messages iphone

    Step 3: The thread will be scrolled to the initial message that was sent. (This trick can also be used for other messaging apps such as Viber WhatsApp, WeChat etc.

    Way 4: Find Old iPhone Messages/iMessages by Date Using Software

    Using the methods mentioned above, it is difficult to locate old iPhone message using the date. This necessitates users to use another method. We highly recommend Tenorshare UltData. UltData enables users to easily locate and view messages on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5 by date and you even can export messages on iPhone to view on a Excel file.

    Follow the procedure below:

    Step 1: Download, install and launch Tenorshare UltData on your PC or Mac.

    Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer.

    Step 3: Select Recover Data from iOS device then click Start Scan.

     start scan

    Step 4: Preview and select the messages you would like to restore by date. (Deleted messages are highlighted in red while the messages existing on your device aren't.

     view messages on iphone

    Step 5: To view iPhone messages in Excel on computer, select the option select whether it will be saved as a .txt, .xls or .xml file, select where you wish to recover the file and click Save.

    That's how to get old messages back on iPhone: a simple and straight-forward process.

    Conclusion

    Wondering how to find old messages on iPhone? Any of the methods listed above can work. However, because of ease of use and identification of messages by date or any other parameters, we recommend using Tenorshare UltData to find old messages.

/ Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iPhone Recovery Follow @Jenefey Aaron