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How to Retrieve/Restore Deleted SMS from iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7/6S/6/5S

You may always prefer texting messages to your friends than making a phone call because of the convenience of sending messages. And you must keep some messages carrying important information stored in your iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7/6S/6/5S, right? It is undeniable that these stored messages on iPhone mean a great deal to you, and you'll never want to lose them without backup or by accident, right? However, sometimes messages on your iPhone are easily gone for various unexpected reasons. For example, you want to clear up the message box to get more storage space, but occasionally, you realized that you have deleted some vital messages at one time. Apart from the erroneous deletion will result in message losing, other factors like virus attacks, unsuccessful iOS upgrade, factory resettings, etc. can also lead to the losing of iPhone text messages. Under this circumstance, you may become extremely anxious because you get nowhere in their searching for deleted messages on the iPhone. What can you do here now?

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Is It Possible for Us to Retrieve the Deleted iPhone Messages?

The answer is absolutely YES. Actually, when you delete a message from iPhone, the message doesn't get deleted really, it still stays somewhere on your phone but is difficultly detected by your eyes. This is mainly because the deleted data are technically marked for deletion by the operating system and hidden so that they become invisible to us. So as long as your deleted messages is not being overwritten, then you still have a chance to get them back with a professional iPhone SMS Recovery program.

MobiKin Doctor for iOS (Windows All) or MobiKin Doctor for iOS (Mac OS X) is an easy-to-use iPhone data recovery program, working for iPhone users to retrieve not only deleted or lost text messages, but also photos, contacts, videos, notes and so forth in a very easy and reliable way. Hence, you can surely count on it to get all your deleted messages back as soon as possible. Below is the tutorial of how to perform this program in details, if you're interested in it, just get the free trial version and follow the below instructions to start your own recovery journey.

Part 1. How to Recover Lost iPhone Text Messages without iTunes

Part 2. Clicks to Restore Text Messages from iPhone Backup Files

Part 3. Retrieve SMS from iCloud Backup Files

How to Recover Deleted SMS from iPhone without iTunes Backup?

As the best iPhone Message Recovery software, this tool provide users with three different recovery mode: recover from iOS device directly, from iTunes backup files or iCloud backup files. Generally speaking, you can select the mode according to your own needs, but here, we could like to take the first recovery mode - Recover from iOS Device as an example. For Mac user, please get the Mac version and try it by yourself.

Step 1: Run the Program and Choose Mode for Recovering

Link your iPhone 6, iPhone 5S/5/4 to the computer via a simple USB cable, then launch the recovery software on your computer. Then you can see there are three options for your reference in the left panel. Here you can choose the first mode- "Recover from iOS Device" and hit "Start Scan" button on the main interface to detect and scan your files.

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Step 2: Preview & Recovery

You can see data on your iPhone are all divided and displayed in specific folders in the program. Here, you only need to click "Messages" here and then you can preview the detailed text conversation in the right panel. The deleted messages will be marked in red color. You can only go through these messages and mark them for restoring.

restore messages from iphone

If you have found and marked all messages you need, you can hit "Recover" button to save them on your computer in HTML format well.

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How to Recover Deleted or Lost iPhone Text Messages from iTunes Backup?

It is inevitable that sometime the deleted messages are overwritten and you can't retrieve them from your iPhone directly. But if you have ever backed up your iPhone data with iTunes before losing the SMS, then you still have a great chance to restore the lost iPhone text messages from iTunes backup. Since the iTunes backup file are always saved as SQLITEDB format, and you're not allowed to get access to this kinds of file on your desktop computer. Thus, if you wish to get access to the backup file and extract your lost or deleted text messages, you have to turn to the program that we mentioned above. Below is the detailed steps for your reference:

1st of all, directly choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" after launching the program. Then you'll see a full list of all iTunes backup files on your PC. Select the one of your iPhone and click "Start Scan" button to scan for files.

2nd, Choose "Messages" in the left panel after the scanning, and then preview the detailed text conversations in the right panel as you like. Tick the one you wih to restore and hit "Recover" button to save them on your computer well.

restore messages from itunes

Retrieve SMS from iCloud Backup Files

You can use the software to restore the wanted messages from your iCloud backup files as well. The followings are the detailed steps for your reference:

Step 1. Sign in iCloud

At first, you need to open the software on your computer and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode. Then you should type in your Apple ID and password to enter your iCloud.

sign in icloud

Step 2. Scan the messages

After signing in your iCloud, all the backup files with this account will be displayed on the program. You can click the wanted iCloud backup file and tap on "Download". Then a window with lots of files will pop up. In this window, you can tick the "Messages" and "Message Attachments" option and click "Next" button to start the scaning process.

Step 3. Choose and recover the SMS

Once the scanning process ends, you can go to preview and mark the messages that you wish to restore. Finally, you just need to click the "Recover" button to save the text messages to your computer.

restore sms from icloud backup

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