I updated to iOS 7.1 on my iPhone 5S and I had all my text messages there after the update. However, a few minutes later when I went to check my iPhone again ALL my text messages where gone and I didn't delete them at all... they just disappeared! How do I recover iPhone text messages after iOS 7.1 update?
During an iOS update, all could happen. If, unfortunately, you find your iPhone text messages lost after iOS 7.1 update, the first thing you should do is stop using the iPhone and go find a data recovery tool. As long as the text messages on your iPhone not overwritten by new data, there's a great chance to get them back.
Don't have a reliable tool for option? Maybe you could try iOS Data Recovery for Mac or iOS Data Recovery (the Windows version), a data recovery tool for all iOS devices. It supports all iPhone models including iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. With this tool, you will be able to recover messages in 2 ways: recover directly from iPhone and restore from iTunes backup. Download it to your Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion or lower for a free trial.
Recover directly from iPhone: To get started, connect your iPhone to the computer. Then run iOS Data Recovery for Mac and click on the Start Scan button appearing on the window to scan your iPhone. Don't disconnect your iPhone during the whole process.
Recover from iTunes backup: This method helps to retrieve iPhone text messages by extracting iTunes backup, as a result you need to choose a backup first. Usually it's better to choose the one with a recent date. Then click "Start Scan" to extract it.
In a few minutes or so, all the files on your iPhone will be displayed on the program interface in well-organized categories. Choose Message from the category list and on the right, you will see details of messages. Preview and decide which items to recover.
When you've checked all the messages you need, just click "Recover" and select a path to save the recovered SMS. In a few seconds, the messages will be recovered to your Mac in a .txt, .xls or .xml file.
Additionally, Windows users who want to recover messages from iPhone after installing iOS 7.1 should go for help from iOS Data Recovery , the Windows version of this software.
As we've mentioned at the beginning of this post that the iOS Data Recovery tool also supports to recover iMessages. iMessages is better than Messages as they are free and you can send iMessages to iOS users and Mac users just over Wi-Fi. If you haven't set up iMessages, you can check the post How to Set Up iMessages on iOS Devices and Mac for details.