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[Solved] How to Recover Deleted SMS from iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7/6S?

2018-05-29 15:16:50/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Recovery Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

To ensure the smooth running of iPhone, users always need to manage their phone data like messages, contacts, music, videos, photos and so on. And during the managing process, it is common that you may wrongly delete the wanted files due to the fat finger. So in this case, you must want to get back the lost data, right? Here we would tell you how to recover deleted text messages from iPhone at first.


From this article, you will learn:


Why You Can Restore the Deleted Messages from iPhone?


Why you can get back the deleted iPhone messages? 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 are not being overwritten, then you still have a chance to get them back.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone without Backup


For the users who do not make a backup with iCloud or iTunes beforehand, they can only get back the messages with the help of some professional third-party software. Here MobiKin Doctor for iOS (Windows All) or MobiKin Doctor for iOS (Mac OS X) can be a good choice for you. This 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, call logs, calendars, 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.

As the best iPhone Message Recovery software, this tool provides users with three different recovery modes: recover from iOS device directly, from iTunes backup files or iCloud backup files. In this part, let's learn how to recover data from iOS device directly first.

Step 1: Run the Program and Choose Mode for Recovering

Link your iPhone X/8/7 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. Here, if you are using iPhone 4/3GS, you need to follow the steps on the interface to download and enter the scanning mode.

scan deleted messages on iphone

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 double click "Messages" folder 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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Extract Lost SMS 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. You have two options to extract SMS from iTunes:

Option 1. Restore All Backed Up Files from iTunes

You can select to restore all the backed up files from iTunes directly:

Step 1. Launch iTunes on Computer

First of all, you need to launch the latest iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the PC. Then you can elect your iPhone on the interface.

Step 2. Restore Backup from iTunes

Next, you should tap on the "Summary" tab and choose "Restore Backup" option. Then you can choose the relevant backup file from the listed messages and hit "Restore" to get back your messages.

restore messages from itunes backup

Notice: These recovered messages will overwrite all the existing files on your iPhone, including the old messages.


Option 2. Recover the Deleted Messages Selectively

Apart from the Option 1, you can also select to extract the deleted text conversations selectively. To complete that, you can turn to the software we mentioned above as well. The followings are the detailed steps for your reference:

Step 1. Select the Recover from iTunes Backup File Mode

On the main interface of the program, you can directly choose the mode "Recover from iTunes Backup File". Then you'll see a full list of all iTunes backup files on your PC. Select the one you want to restore and click "Start Scan" button to scan for files.

Step 2. Recover the Lost Messages

After the scanning, you need to choose "Messages" in the left panel, and then preview the detailed text conversations in the right panel as you like. Tick the one you wish to restore and hit "Recover" button to save them on your computer well.

restore messages from itunes

Retrieve SMS from iCloud Backup Files


By the same token, you are able to extract the text messages from iCloud as long as you have synced the files to the server beforehand. And also, you have two methods to achieve this goal:

Method 1. Retrieve All the Backup Files to iPhone

The first method is to extract all the backup files from iCloud to iPhone:

Step 1. Erase All Content and Settings on Your iPhone

Navigate to "Settings"> "General"> "Rest"> "Erase All Content and Settings" on your mobile phone to remove all the files and settings.

erase iphone data and settings

Step 2. Restore from iCloud Backup

Next, you need to reboot your device and tap on "Restore from iCloud Backup" when you reach the "App & Data" screen. Then you will be asked to sign in to your iCloud account. Just login to your account and click "Choose Backup". Now you can select a backup that you want to restore and tap on it to start the recovery process.

restore data from icloud backup

Method 2. Get Back the Messages Selectively

You can use the recommended software to restore only the wanted messages from your iCloud backup files as well. The details are as below:

Step 1. Sign in iCloud

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 scanning process.

Step 3. Choose & 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

Ask Phone Carrier for Help


Provided that you have not backed up your messages and do not want to use a third-party software, you can try to ask your carrier for help. If you have not overwritten or update the messages, maybe your cellular service provider is capable of finding and accessing to the conversation. Hence, you can attempt to contact the phone carrier and ask for technical support.

The Bottom Line


After learning the article, you can choose to restore the deleted text messages on iPhone with or without backup freely. But honestly speaking, transferring the important texts to computer as a backup regularly would be much securer and more convenient. By doing so, you are not only able to view and download the lost messages when you accidentally lose them, but also capable of printing them according to your own need. So why not make a backup to avoid the possible loss?

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