How to Recover Deleted Text Messages iPhone With/Without Backup

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2022-01-07 / Update for  iPhone Recovery

"I deleted some of my important text messages when I clear cache unconsciously without backup before. Is there any ways to recover those files free or not?"

A lot of people ask the same question over and over again. The deletion might be either caused by accident or software upgrade. Losing important texts from your iPhone could present a serious problem. But what if suddenly, you lose everything that you have saved in your device, like Text Messages? Is there a free way for your iPhone data recovery without backup? Here are some details.

Part 1: Is it Possible to Recover Deleted iPhone Messages Without Backup?

With the frequency of iPhone version updating automatically, after factory reset or others, some text messages or other data may be deleted by accident so people wonder that if there is any possibility to recover them. As a matter of fact, there is a way. You can take your ID card to the businese halls which are operated by your mobile operators to refer to your deleted messages. But it takes time and you cannot just recover these to you iPhone directly although it's free anyway.


So, is there any other way to solve these problem conveniently? The answer is Yes. You can use a paid third-party software or get into the habit of backup often to avoid this awkward situation. Here are the details about how to backup your iPhone text messages.

Part 2: How to Retrieve Deleted iPhone Messages Without Backup

This part is for all those people who want to recover deleted iPhone text messages without backup conveniently. It's possible with the help of Tenorshare UltData - iPhone Data Recovery. This amazing software can help you to recover data directly from iOS devices, iTunes & iCloud backup. It totally supports more than 35 file types and it's compatible with latest iOS 12.2. It will help you to recover not only your text messages, but also photos, videos, music, contacts, call logs etc. Here are the details about how to recover deleted text messages iPhone without backup:

Step 1 You need to check that your iPhone is switched on or not and keep it switched on. Connect it to your computer with a good quality USB cable.

Step 2 Now, launch UltData - iPhone Data Recovery software on your pc. This software will detect your iOS device automatically if it is connected and trusted.

ultdata homepage

Step 3 After your device gets detected by UltData, you will see an interface like below image. You need to choose "Messages & Attachments" options if you want to recover deleted text messages or you can choose any file type you want to recover. Then click on the "Start Scan" button.

start scanning

Step 4 Now you will see all the scanned files in front of you. You can choose "Show All" or "Only display the deleted items" to recover. Then you can selectively retrieve whatever file you want to recover from here. Choose the files and click on the "Recover" button.

recover data

Here is a video about how to retrieve deleted iPhone messages without backup.

Part 3: How to Recover Deleted Text Messages iPhone From iTunes Backup

If you have already backup your iPhone text messages on iTunes before and do not know how to restore them, here are some details.

3.1 Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup Directly

To recover deleted iPhone text messages from iTunes backup by restoring the backup can be a little risky because new SMS messages since last sync will not be stored in iTunes backup and all text messages will be replaced by the text messages in the backup.

If you are OK with this, then you can continue to recover deleted iPhone messages from iTunes backup.

  • Connect iPhone to the computer via USB cable and then launch iTunes.
  • Click on the device icon once it shows up in iTunes.
  • In the Backups option, click "Restore Backup..." to choose the most relevant backup and then click "Restore".
itunes restore backup

3.2 Selectively Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes Backup

If you are afraid that use iTunes to recover will cause your data loss, then you can try to use UltData - iPhone Data Recovery from your iTunes backup.

Step 1 Switch to iTunes backup recovery mode and select iTunes backup.


Step 2 Preview lost files from iTunes backup.


Step 3 Choose files to recover and you can also setup output format.



Comepare with this two ways, we can clearly see that if you use iTunes to recover iTunes backup directly, you may lost data during the process while the UltData - iPhone Data Recovery not. And you can also preview your backup files and recover them selectively while iTunes cannot.

Part 4: How to Restore Deleted iPhone Messages From iCloud Backup

4.1 Restore Deleted iPhone Messages from iCloud Backup Directly

With only 5GB free iCloud space, the iPhone messages recovery with this method is limited.

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone, then choose "Erase All Content and Settings".
  • From the Apps & Data screen, choose to recover from iCloud Backup, then sign in to iCloud and select "Choose backup," then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.
icloud restore backup

4.2 Selectively Restore Deleted Text Messages from iCloud Backup

When your iPhone is lost, stolen or inaccessible, but fortunately you have backed up your iPhone data in iCloud/iTunes, UltData has brought a handy way for you to retrieve data from iCloud/iTunes backup file. If you have iCloud backup, then recovering data from iCloud backup file will be your best choice.

Step 1 Select recovery mode and log in to iCloud.


Step 2 Choose specific iCloud backup and pick up file types to download and scan.


Step 3 Download files from iCloud.


Step 4 Preview detailed data from iCloud backup and choose files for iCloud data recovery.


With UltData - iPhone Data Recovery, you can preview your backup data and recover selectively while iCloud cannot. It's safe and convenient.


As shown above, we could see that the best way to recover deleted text messages iPhone without backup is using Tenorshare UltData - iPhone Data Recovery. With the help of this tool you can easily retrieve all your text messages, photos, videos, music, call logs, notes etc. with/without backup very easily. Text messages or any other 35+ file type, UltData always has the solution. So start using this software for any kind of data recovery task.