Top 5 Ways to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

We are accustomed to sending texts to our friends and family. Sometimes, however careful we are, we delete text messages that we didn't intend to delete. The importance of knowing different methods of recovering deleted messages, accidentally or otherwise, cannot be underscored. If you are one such frustrated iPhone user who is thinking about how to recover deleted messages on iPhone, worry not. You are in the right place. This article explains various methods of recovering deleted text messages on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5.

Way 1: How to Recover Deleted Texts on iPhone by Restoring iCloud Backup

Want to recover deleted text messages iPhone without computer? Start by using iCloud. iCloud is a cloud storage service developed by Apple that allows users to backup and restore different types of data. Users can easily restore deleted text messages from iCloud provided they had previously backed them up. Follow the procedure below.

Note: If you want to restore only messages from iCloud/iTunes backup file without easing current data on your iPhone, Tenorshare UltData can exactly help you.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Navigate to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone. Proceed by selecting Erase All Content and Settings.

erase all content and settings

Step 3: On the Apps & Data interface, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 4: Sign in to your iCloud account using the same Apple ID credentials you used to backup/ set up your iPhone.

Step 5: Select Choose backup and restore your device from the list of backups displayed.

restore messages from icloud backup

Step 6: Wait for the process to complete and open the messages app to view the restored messages.

(Note: The downside to restoring messages from an iCloud backup is the fact that you will lose all data the added since the last backup. Although, you can view deleted text messages from Spotlight search, you can't recover them.)

Way 2: Restore Deleted Messages on the iPhone from

An alternative way of how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone is by using You only need to sign in to using the same credentials you used to back up your device, erase your iPhone using Find my iPhone, then restore it. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Log into using the same Apple ID credentials you used when setting up your iPhone.

log into icloud

Step 2: Click Text Messages. (Note: If this option is not available, then your text messages have not been backed up meaning this method will not work.)

Step 3: Search the messages and locate the ones you would like to restore.

Step 4: On your iPhone navigate to Settings > iCloud and disable text messages.

disable messages on icloud

Step 5: Select Keep Messages when a pop-up appears.

Step 6: Turn text messages back on, tap Merge and wait for a few minutes for the messages to appear.

(Note: iCloud doesn't back up SMS in all regions. Similarly, it doesn't back up texts for all phone operators. So, the above may not work.)

Way 3: Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone Using iTunes Backup

Want to recover deleted text messages on iPhone? You can restore deleted text messages using iTunes backup. It is important to state that when using iTunes to restore messages, you will be forced to restore all the data on your iPhone and not messages alone. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device. (You may be asked to Trust Computer and enter your passcode. Do both when prompted to.)

Step 3: Click your iPhone icon. It should appear on the left pane in the interface.

Step 4: Click "Restore Backup" and select the backup file you want to restore. Finally, click Restore to restore them to your iPhone.

restore messages from itunes backup

Way 4: Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone without Backup File

Some users have asked, "Can you recover deleted text messages on iPhone without a backup file?" The answer is Yes. Thanks to Tenorshare UltData, users can recover messages, contact, notes and other types of data without a backup file. It enables users to recover data from broken or smashed iPhone, data loss after an unsuccessful jailbreak or a factory set and, if available, recover from iTunes and iCloud backups and also directly to your phone. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Download, install and launch Tenorshare UltData (iPhone Data Recovery) on your Mac or PC.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer and choose Recover Data from iOS device then click Start Scan.

start scan

(After the software completes scanning the device, messages and other files will be displayed in the interface. All the data on your iPhone will be grouped according to its type.)

Step 3: Preview and select the messages you would like to restore. Tenorshare UltData allows you to easily distinguish between existing and deleted messages: the latter being highlighted in red.

Step 4: Click the Recover Button and select one of two options: recover to device or recover to computer.

messages disappeared on iphone

Way 5: Retrieve Deleted iPhone SMS by Contacting Your Service Provider

Some cellular service providers keep records of your text messages, and you are entitled to access them. Get in touch with your cellular service provider and ask them to serve you with the records.


Deleted messages on iPhone can be recovered using any of the methods listed above. We recommend Tenorshare UltData since it allows users to preview messages and restore them without iTunes or iCloud backup.

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