You may need to clear data on your iPhone if it has been cluttered up. For instance, you can delete some old media files, apps or messages like text messages, iMessage, WhatsApp messages, especially audio messages or multimedia messages. The out dated files, especially those unwanted, commercial or spam messages, on iPhone makes it more and more difficult to find the information we need. So clear up our phone from time to time is necessary. Did you accidentally delete text messages or iMessages that you can’t afford to lose? When deleting a specific message, you deleted attached photos, videos as well. When deleting all messages from one person, you deleted all messages and files he or she sent to you. Unfortunately there is no undo option to cancel the deletion and recover deleted iPhone messages. To get back deleted content on iPhone, you can either restore iPhone from an iTunes or iCloud backup file which you have created before. This is really annoying even when you have already made backups. First of all, we are out of luck if no backups on computer or iCloud server. Secondly, iPhone restore via iTunes or iCloud can be a pain. As this will overwrite all existing files on our phone. How about those newly generated data not included in the backup? They will be erased if you restore iPhone. It is a pity to lose new files for the sake of old files. It would be great if Apple allow us to selectively restore only certain iPhone text messages we want to retrieve while leaving all other content intact. We are excited to recommend you this better iPhone data recovery solution which fills the gap. Firstly, it can recover any specific text messages from iTunes or iCloud backups. What’s more, you will not only be able to recover deleted messages on iPhone, but also many other files types, like contacts, call history, photos, videos, calendars, reminders, and so on. Best of all, this data recovery software can recover deleted iPhone messages or other content from iPhone directly where there is no backup at all.
- Solution 1. How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone?
- Solution 2. How to Recover deleted text messages from iTunes backup?
- Solution 3. How to Download messages from iCloud to computer?
#1. How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone (SMS and iMessages)?
This is a feature most Apple users do not know. It is similar to put back files from the trash or recyle bin on a PC or Mac. You can actually get back deleted iPhone data from iPhone without any backups. Download this iPhone data recovery program below, then follow below steps to recover deleted iPhone messages and photos or other files received through SMS or iMessages.
Run the iOS recovery application on your PC or Mac computer. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cord. The iPhone recovery tool will automatically detect iPhone connection via USB. You will get a screen like this:
From top of the main interface of this iPhone recovery tool, you will find three options: 1. Recover from iOS Device, 2. Recover from iTunes Backup Files, 3. Recover from iCloud Backup Files. They are the three recovery modes you can use to retrieve lost iPhone files, including text messages, contacts & phone numbers, call history, photos, videos, notes and many more from iPhone, iTunes or iCloud. In this tutorial, we will only focus on the lost text messages recovery. Continue with steps below to recover deleted iPhone messages.
Now click Start Scan to allow the data recovery application to scan iPhone storage. The scan process takes several minutes, depending on your iPhone capacity and its usage. Once iPhone recovery software finishes scanning the iPhone, you will get a screen like this:
From above screen capture, you can find three columns, the left column lists all support file types you can recover, click on each file type, you will open the files and data entries in the middle column, if you click on a specific file in the middle, you can preview the selected file in the right column. Obviously, you can recover a host of different files, like contacts, photos & videos, notes, call history, reminders, Safari Bookmarks, from iPhone. Check out this tutorial to recover deleted contacts from iPhone. Other than the messages sent and received via the stock messaging app or the iMessages, it can also retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone.
To recover deleted messages iPhone, click on the Messages from the left category, you can browse through all your contacts and text messages, preview the text messages, select and recover text messages you need. You can recover all text messages from iPhone at once or recover highlighted or selected iPhone text messages only. Deleted messages will be highlighted in red, you can select to recover deleted iPhone messages only. Pick up a target folder on your computer to export iPhone text messages to.
Once you found and exported text messages from iPhone to computer, you will find the messages are saved as CSV and HTML files on your PC or Mac.
You can use Excel or a text editor to open the CSV file and view iPhone text messages. Alternatively you can also open the HTML file with your web browser to view iPhone text messages, such as IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc. Now you know how to recover deleted messages on iPhone without backups. If you can’t find the text messages using this method, what to do? This iPhone data recovery tool has two more alternate recovery modes you can try. That’s what are going to discuss below.
#2. Recover deleted iPhone messages (SMS & iMessages) from iTunes backup
Many iPhone users would sync their device to computer. This creates different backup files on your computer. In case you lost your mobile phone, or accidentally delete wrong files from iPhone, you can get them back from iTunes backup files. To recover deleted iPhone text messages from iTunes backup files, switch to the ‘Recover from iTunes Backup Files’ mode from the top of the iOS recovery tool. It will then automatically search any iTunes backup files on your computer, including all iPhone backups, iPad backups and iPod backups.
Choose the iTunes backup file for iPhone, the iPhone recovery program will then scan this backup file for the files and data in it. You will be taken to a screen like this.
To recover deleted messages iPhone, click on the Messages & Logs >> Messages, you will find all text messages in the iTunes backup file. You can select and recover any iPhone text messages to computer or iPhone. Choose the recovery option you prefer, then you will be prompted to select between recovery to computer or iPhone. It is highly recommended to save a copy of all deleted messages to your computer at first. It is because restoring data or save new data to iPhone may overwrite those deleted messages.
From here, it is quite easy to follow. You can refer to this guide for specific instructions: how to export data from iTunes backup to iPhone. The instructions are almost the same as we have illustrated above. Simply refer to the first part of this guide where we have showed you how to recover deleted messages on iPhone.
#3. Recover deleted iPhone messages (SMS and iMessages) from iCloud
If you have enabled iCloud backup on iPhone, you have another option to recover deleted iPhone messages. Normally a lot of data backed up in iCloud can’t be downloaded computer directly. By using this iPhone data recovery however you can easily download any data from iCloud backup to computer. To do that, click Recover from iCloud Backup File tab from the top of this data recovery software main interface.
You will be prompted to sign in iCloud account using your Apple username and its password. Once you are logged in, a list of available iPhone iPad or iPod touch backups in your iCloud account will be displayed. See below screenshot.
Now it is time to choose. Generally speaking you should choose the latest iPhone backup from your iCloud account. After that you will get a pop-up window asking you to choose file types you like to download from iCloud backup to computer. This option in place so you can selectively download any data you like to recover, in this case we can only select to download Messages from iCloud to computer while disable other data types or recovery, such as Camera Roll recovery, Contacts recovery, Voicemail recovery, reminders recovery, WhatsApp chats recovery or anything else. It will be extremely easy to follow from there. Just like you extract data from iTunes or export data from iPhone to computer above, you will get another screen where you can preview the SMS before finally recover deleted iPhone messages to your PC or Mac.