How to Retrieve Deleted Messages in iPhone
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Apr 16, 2021
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Juliya Smith

How to Retrieve Deleted Messages in iPhone?

So you accidentally deleted the important text message or your phone got broken or the data got lost with a new ios update, whatever be the reason, that you are trying to retrieve the deleted message in iPhone. Rest assured, there are plenty of methods and tools that can help you retrieve the deleted messages on the iPhone.

How can you recover deleted messages from your iPhone?

You might be wondering how it is possible to retrieve the data that has already been deleted and gone. Take it as a recycle bin of the PC where you can restore deleted files. Even if you deleted the text message from the phone, the text messages are still there in the database. iPhone messages are stored in a database in SQLite format and these messages are added to a list namely free list after they are deleted. The messages in this free list can be restored.

While the messages can be recovered, there are different ways of doing it depending upon the situation.

Situation 1: You timely backup your iPhone.

If you timely back up your iPhone either to iCloud, computer, or iTunes, you can easily restore your deleted text messages.

Situation 2: You have no backup of your iPhone

If you haven’t backed up your iPhone, there is still a probability of retrieving the deleted message. The data is still there on the database and can be retreived . But, the data can be retrieved only if there is no data overwriting. Data overwriting is when new data replaces the old data. The data can be easily retrieved by the developers if the data are not overwritten.

Situation 3: You have no backup and data are overwritten

So, you do not have any backup, and data are overwritten, but you can still retrieve the data. How? You can contact the service providers, who might have stored the text messages in their servers.

Now you are fully aware of the situation you are in. So choose the method that suits you the most. We provide you with different methods to retrieve the deleted message on your iPhone. These methods work on any variants of the iPhone.

1. Retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud

You probably know iCloud. iCloud is a cloud computing service, pre-installed on iPhone, that helps you to back up your files in cloud storage. You can access the data as long as you have the login credentials. To retrieve the deleted message from iCloud, you have to back up the files in iCloud .So, if you have already backed up the files, then it is much easier for you to retrieve the data.


But the downside of this method is that you need to factory reset the phone. So, make sure that you backup the data into the computer before starting this process ,otherwise you may lose the data. Once you have backed up the files on the computer,you can proceed with this method.

How to retrieve the deleted message from iCloud?

  • Go to settings and tap on Apple ID with your picture on it.
  • Select iCloud > manage storage> backups
  • Check that your phone has been recently backed up.
  • Make sure that your iCloud backup is enabled.
  • Erase your iPhone by Setting>General> Factory reset
  • You will be asked to restore your iPhone from iCloud Backup
  • Choose Restore from the iCloud
  • You need to sign in to your iCloud account and choose the backup that had the text messages.

Once this is done, you would be able to restore the text messages. It is crucial to back up your phone once in a while as it is easy to retrieve the lost data if you have the backup.

2. Retrieve deleted text messages from

So, you have backed up your phone in iCloud but do not want to factory reset, There is still an option. You can retrieve them through .Icloud can be accessed through any device if you have the login credentials.


How to retrieve the deleted messages from

  • On your browser open and sign in with your login credentials.
  • From the webpage, select text message.
  • Select the message that you want to recover
  • On your iPhone, go to settings>apple ID>icloud
  • Turn off the option for text messages
  • Select keep on the phone in the pop-up message
  • Turn on the option for text messages.
  • Select merge in the new screen that appears.

Now the text messages that were backed up in iCloud would be merged with your phone. The downside of this method is that there are chances the text messages are not backed up in iCloud.

3. Retrieve deleted text messages from iTunes

Many people do not backup iCloud often. So, if you recently deleted the message but the last backup was 1 month ago, you cannot restore your text messages. But, if you back up your iTunes more often, then you can retrieve the text messages from iTunes.


How to retrieve the deleted messages from iTunes?

  • Open Settings app
  • Open Apple ID>Find my phone >Find my iPhone.
  • Make sure the slider is turned off.
  • Connect your iPhone with your computer
  • Open iTunes
  • Go to summary
  • Click on Automatically back up, click restore from backup.

4. Retrieve deleted text messages from the service provider

If none of these methods work for you, you can consult your service provider to retrieve the data for you. The service provider has a record of the text messages and call logs in their server. Note that this will only work for SMS. This doesn’t work for text messages from iMessage as they are encrypted and the service provider doesn’t keep its record. Also, you can only retrieve the text message deleted a while ago, you cannot retrieve text messages deleted years ago.

However, this is not a guaranteed method but you can give it a last try. But you have to give them the legitimate reason why the deleted text message is so important. The process might be hectic as they might require you to prove your identity. In some cases, they would provide you with a printed transcript of the text messages.

5. Retrieve deleted text messages from third-party apps

If none of the methods above works, you can give data restoring software and apps a try. There are plenty of third-party apps and software available to retrieve the lost data on the iPhone.You may use these third-party apps to retrieve the deleted text messages.

The downside of using this method is using a third party to access your private text messages can be sketchy. Also, they cost you bucks of money. So, if you have no other options and the deleted text message is too important, you can install third-party apps to retrieve the deleted text messages.

Apps to retrieve deleted text messages in iPhone

There are various third party apps available in the web but it’s important to choose the trustworthy and secure apps .Third party apps are sketchy and it’s very essential to choose the right one as you are giving the access to your private datas .Here are some of the apps that are popular , trustworthy and secure :

  • Imobie Phone rescue

Imobie Phone rescue is one of the popular and trustworthy third party apps to restore the lost and deleted text messages in iPhone.It allows you to retrieve files from iCloud and itunes as well. With over 5 M downloads and rating of 4.8 stars , Phone rescue cost $50 for yearly subscription .

  • Dr.fone

Dr. fone is also one of the popular third party apps .It also allows you to retrieve files from three modes .For yearly subscription , it costs $100 for ios toolkit.

  • Ultdata Iphone data recovery

Ultdata Iphone data recovery is also another popular and trustworthy third party app .It also allows you to retrieve lost files from the three modes : direct from iphone , icloud and itunes .It costs $45 for yearly subscription .

How to retrieve the deleted text messages from third-party apps?

  1. Download a third-party app for iOS on a computer or MacBook and install it.
  2. Connect iPhone to computer
  3. Click a message and click ok to scan only the deleted messages
  4. Preview and retrieve all the deleted text messages.
  5. Click device buttons and retrieve them back to your phone.

However, it is important to take in mind that there is no guarantee that these third-party apps can retrieve the deleted text message. But, if the text is very important , there is no cost to give it a try.

Retrieve deleted text messages from participants of the message

Well, even if you accidentally deleted your text message, the text message could still be there with the other party. If it is feasible, you can ask the person to resend the text message or send the screenshots of the text messages.


There are many methods to retrieve the deleted text messages on iPhone. But it is important to be careful and to back up the phone as often as possible. It would be much easier to retrieve the lost data if there is backup of it. Make sure to be prepared in case this happens again. For that enable iCloud backup and set up messages in iCloud. This way you can have your important text messages stored in a safe place for the future and even if it gets deleted in iPhone , you will still have access to it through iCloud.

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Juliya Smith

Hello, I am Juliya a mother of 2 children and a content editor at where I share parenting tips and guides on how to keep your child safe online.