Text messages have a reputation for being informal and redundant, but you may have really important information. So, if you’ve deleted some text to free up space on your iPhone and accidentally got rid of an important one, don’t panic. It has a good chance of recovery.
The process has three possible ways: You can restore your iPhone before deleting the message may be Be able to communicate with your wireless provider and use a third-party app. Here is a brief explanation of the three options. None of these are guaranteed to work, but they’re worth a shot if you’re desperate.
Recover deleted text using an iCloud backup
This is probably the easiest and fastest way to recover missing texts. If you have a backup from iCloud before When you delete text, you should You should be able to get your phone back by restoring it to that iCloud backup
open settingsTap your Apple ID card at the top, select iCloud > Manage storage > Backup.
You’ll see a list of backups for your devices and tap the one for your iPhone to see when it was last backed up.
Now comes the annoying part. You will need to reset your iPhone to factory settings and set it up again to restore from your iCloud backup during the process. Note that you will lose all your data over time after Backup, so I hope those posts are really important!
Go to reset your iPhone general > Transfer or reset iPhone > Delete all content and settings.
Once your iPhone restarts and starts the setup process, choose to restore from an iCloud backup and select a backup from a date before you deleted your text messages.
Recover deleted text from an iTunes or Finder backup
If you don’t want to rely on automatic iCloud backups or don’t have enough iCloud storage space for them, you can back up your iPhone on your Mac using Finder (or on your PC or Mac with iTunes on macOS Mojave or earlier). As with the iCloud method, this requires having a backup of your message before deleting it and resetting your phone, restoring from that backup. You will lose everything since the backup was taken. So, export the recent files you want to keep and save them separately.
Connect your iPhone to the Mac or PC containing the backup(s). Open Finder on a Mac, or iTunes on a PC.
In iTunes, you’ll see an iPhone icon in the upper left corner. Select it. In the Finder, select your device from the left menu bar.
Select now Backup recovery. In the Finder, you’ll find this option under the General tab.
All your previously backed up data will now replace the data on your iPhone. It will take a few minutes. As long as you didn’t back up those text messages after deleting them, they should now appear in your phone’s messaging list
Recover deleted text without overwriting your iPhone
There is a method which is great if it works, because it doesn’t require a full reset. It’s called iCloud Merge, but we’ve had mixed reports about how successful it might be. For reasons that remain unclear, in certain regions and for certain phone operators, iCloud simply does not back up SMS messages.
So try the first two steps to see if you are one of the lucky ones and if you are not, proceed to the next method.
Log in to iCloud.com using your Apple ID and password.
click on written message. (If this option isn’t visible, your messages aren’t backed up here—so you might as well skip to the next method.)
Search messages to find the one you need.
Now go to your iPhone and select > Settings [your name] > iCloud.
Turn off text messages (or make sure it’s already turned off).
You will see a popup. Select the option to Put it on my iPhone.
Now turn text messaging back on.
tap combine, then wait. Deleted text messages should reappear on your iPhone after a few minutes.
Recover deleted text by contacting your carrier
Your cell provider may keep a record of the text messages you send, at least for some time. If you have deleted a text message really Importantly, you may be able to call your carrier to get a copy of it.
Note that this will only work for SMS text messages (green bubble conversations), not iMessages (blue bubble conversations). Every iMessage is encrypted on your device and not decrypted until it reaches the recipient, so your carrier can’t help you recover them.
To get a record of the text from your carrier, you’ll likely need to prove your identity or get permission from the person you’re texting. And most carriers only keep records of SMS messages for a limited time—you probably won’t be able to retrieve a message from a year ago.
But as a last resort, get a copy of your SMS messages from your carrier is A possibility, and worth calling the customer support number to ask about it.
Recover deleted text using a third-party app
There are several third-party software tools that promise you to recover deleted data on your iPhone, including deleted texts. It’s a bit of a risk—they’re almost never free, and there’s no guarantee they’ll even work But if you’ve exhausted all other options, and that’s it really Importantly, it might be worth a shot.
Some software options with good reputation online are PhoneRescue, Wondershare Dr. Fone, and Tenorshare UltData. Most of the time, a deleted message on your iPhone is actually still in flash storage, waiting to be overwritten by new data. If so, one of these programs may be able to restore it.
Note that none of these methods are foolproof. If you don’t have a backup that you can restore from before you deleted your text message, there’s little chance of getting it back. So the most important piece of advice is: Don’t put important information in your text messages! Copy that data to a more secure and resilient place – a place with its own independent cloud-based backup. Check out our guide to the best cloud storage solutions for Apple users.